Confederation Line

Ottawa’s Light Rail Station Names

Ottawa’s new light rail train will begin operating in 2018. Construction is already underway, and detailed plans are being drawn up for stations and vehicles.

To keep the construction schedule on track, the names of each of the stations along the Confederation Line were approved on August 21, 2013. This will allow design work to begin on several aspects of the system – such as the train control system, signs at the stations, the electronic customer information systems, the wayfinding systems, the signalling system, and the operating procedures.

What goes into a name?

Above all, the system has to be simple and easy to use. The recommended names have been developed following established principles and best practices from transit systems across the country.

  • Names reflect meaningful geographic and navigational information about travel and location.
  • Names must be easily understood in both French and English.
  • Names must be easy to pronounce and easy to use in both written and spoken forms.
  • Names should be distinct from each other and from other locations in the city.

Since the beginning of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project, the City of Ottawa embraced the opportunity to celebrate the art, culture and heritage of the Algonquins through all aspects of the LeBreton Station. Because of its location close to two of their traditional sacred gathering places, Chaudière Falls and Victoria Island, the LeBreton Flats Transit Station is especially significant for the Algonquin people. For that reason, the City of Ottawa asked the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) to provide a name for LeBreton Station. After an extensive outreach to their own community members, the AOO recommended the name Pimisi Transit Station.

Affected Stations

Pimisi

A new name, replacing LeBreton, and recognising the traditional land of the Algonquin people. A separate process took place with the Algonquins of Ontario to find a new name for LeBreton.

Lyon

Although staff initially recommended the station name be “Kent”, the approved name will be “Lyon” to reflect more accurately the location of entrances and exits to the station. It will be more meaningful and easier to understand for navigational and wayfinding purposes.

Parliament/Parlement

New station under Queen Street at O’Connor, near Parliament Hill. Previously referred to as Downtown East.

Rideau

(Secondary Wayfinding Reference: ByWard Market)
New underground station at Rideau Street.

uOttawa

A new name, replacing the current name of Campus Station, to avoid confusion with other university, college, and hospital campuses in Ottawa.

Tremblay

(Secondary Wayfinding Reference: VIA Rail)
A new name, replacing the current name of Train Station, to avoid confusion with the trains that will run through all stations on the Confederation Line.


Confederation Line Recommended Station Names

Reports & Presentations

» LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT – STATION NAMES AND VEHICLE EXTERIOR DESIGN

» Light Rail Transit - Naming Retail & Vehicle (Bilingual)

» Confederation Line Presentation (English)

» Confederation Line Presentation (French)

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