Originally Posted by S-Man
I think the new Rideau station is much better where it is. You get off right at the entrance to the market and the Rideau Centre and it has more people in its catchment area than if it was at the NAC. Why not move the Downtown East station one block further east if there's a lack of service to the CBD. How far would people have to walk, though, even if they worked on Elgin - three blocks?
I agree that the new location for Rideau is, on the whole, better, but there is a cost to it, too.
The argument against moving the East Station eastwards is that it moves it further away from Bank.
The fundamental problem is that we are one station short downtown. Until now, that has been "excused" on the basis that the Rideau Station was going to serve a sort of double-duty by being accessible from both Elgin/NAC and the Rideau & Convention Centres. But with the eastward shift of Rideau Station to make it more accessible to the Byward Market and to lower construction costs, it is no longer nearly as accessible from Elgin/NAC, or indeed City Hall.
Moreover, it's not just walking distance that is an issue. We also have to consider passenger volumes and how well individual stations can handle those loads. Downtown East just got even busier than it already was going to be.
To properly serve downtown, we need that third station so that we can push the East and West stations further afield and better distribute pedestrian traffic. Just about everyone has been pointing this out, but it appears to continue to fall on deaf ears.