NCC directors call platform project at Ottawa, Ontario train station ‘half measure’

January 22, 2016

By Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen

VIA Rail‘s proposal to build new heated and weather-protected elevated passenger platforms at the Ottawa train station got a chilly reception from some members of the National Capital Commission‘s board Wednesday.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

Via hopes to complete the first phase of the multi-year project by 2017. It would add a 136-metre-long elevated platform to service trains of four-to-six rail cars using the track closest to the station. The $15-million project would also includes an elevator to improve access for people in wheelchairs.

A second phase, still awaiting funding from Transport Canada, would add a similar central island platform, A south island platform and some new interior features would complete the project sometime after 2035.

VIA Rail says the changes should enhance the experience and level of service for passengers, make it easier to board and disembark from trains, improve health and safety and reduce the time through trains spend at the station off-loading passengers.

VIA Rail “really wants to bring a more modern and comfortable facility for passengers,” said NCC official Fred Gaspar.

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