The project consists in installing a new entrance building to Vendôme métro station, as well as a new underground corridor for pedestrians, linking the new entryway with Vendôme commuter train station, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and with boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest. In all, five elevators will make it easier for you to navigate inside the intermodal hub and reach the MUHC.
End of work in bus loop
At the end of August 2019, the Vendôme project team will complete an important step in the construction of the new intermodal hub by ending work in the bus loop. This important step included:
- Installing retention ponds under the road to collect rainwater and gradually send it into the sewer system
- Replacing the waterproofing membrane of the station’s underground roof
- Installing a concrete slab for the new traffic lane in the bus loop
- Redesigning the bus loop sidewalks and waiting areas
Did you know
The concrete used to pour the bus loop slab is made of glass powder from recycled bottles. The amalgam is a green Quebec innovation, made possible thanks to the Chaire SAQ de valorisation du verre dans les matériaux and Université de Sherbrooke. This initiative demonstrates the STM’s commitment to sustainable development and is part of the process to obtain the Envision certification for this project.
Bus stops are moving back to the loop!
As of September 2, 2019, the bus loop around Vendôme station will be reopened to traffic. Bus stops that were relocated during the work will be moved back to the bus loop.
The construction of the pedestrian tunnel will continue during the long weekend of Canada Day
From June 28 to July 2, 2019, we will be carrying out work on the second part of the underground tunnel. This time, the railway # 1 will be removed to allow excavation of the ground below. Subsequently, four prefabricated concrete rings will be assembled side by side to form this section of the tunnel.This work will not be particularly noisy and it will comply with the noise regulations issued by the CDN-NDG borough.
These four prefabricated concrete rings will be assembled on site to form the second segment of the underground tunnel.
Vendôme project team starts redesign work on bus loop
From May 20 to the end of August 2019, the bus loop around Vendôme station will be closed for work on the new entrance building. Bus stops in the loop will be relocated onto De Maisonneuve West Boulevard, close to the métro station.
Bus, métro and train services will be maintained at all times, as will tunnel access to the MUHC.
37, 90, 102, 104, 105, 124, stops moved from May 20th to August 2019
The work may affect the flow of traffic in the area. We are working closely with the CDN-NDG boroughs, the city of Westmount and managers of other sites to minimize the impact on neighbourhood residents as much as possible. However, given the current conditions, public transit is definitely the best option.
Only westbound local traffic will be allowed on De Maisonneuve Boulevard to facilitate the mobility of residents and efficiency of public transit.
Trucks will enter and leave the work site on De Maisonneuve facing Marlowe. Flaggers will be present at all times during truck movements to ensure user safety. The work will be carried out in compliance with the noise regulations issued by the CDN-NDG borough.
More specifically, the work will involve:
- Installing retention ponds under the road to collect rainwater and gradually send it into the sewer system.
- Replacing the waterproofing membrane of the station’s underground roof.
- Pouring the concrete of the new bus loop.
- Redesigning the bus loop sidewalks and waiting areas.
Tunnel jacking: a first in Canada, brilliantly achieved!
Last April, we performed a tunnel jacking procedure under railways #2 and #3 using a patented European technique called sliding by Autofonçage® for the first time in Canada. We planned a 72-hour timeline to complete the procedure, but our teams successfully carried out the work in under 59 hours!
Look at the video of this important milestone.
April 2019 - A busy Easter weekend!
Over the April 19 long weekend, the Vendôme entrance building construction project will reach a key milestone.
A tunnel jacking procedure will be performed under the railway tracks. Once completed, it will link the new métro entrance building to the train station. Since the work requires train service to be completely shutdown, it will be carried out continuously, day and night.
The work will use a technique called pushing by Autofonçage© for the first time in Canada. To perform this delicate manoeuvre, we must cut railways #2 and #3 and excavate part of the ground underneath. The tunnel, made of reinforced, waterproof concrete and manufactured directly on site, right next to its final location, will be pushed by computer-aided hydraulic jacks.
The tunnel in numbers
- 12 metres long
- 8 metres wide
- 600 metric tonnes
- The tunnel will advance 1,5 metres per hour
- 70 metres of tracks must be cut on each railway to make enough space for the procedure
Impact on transit
Since trucks will be driving in the bus loop around Vendôme station, all bus lines, except lines 90 and 105, will be temporarily relocated on Maisonneuve boulevard.
In addition, since the railway tracks must be cut, exo’s commuter train service will be suspended. For details on train service, visit exo’s site. The procedure, however, will not obstruct vehicle traffic in any way.
Impacts of worksite
Essentially, the inconveniences will be the comings and goings of trucks transporting excavated soil and fill. Exceptionally, they will use the bus loop around Vendôme station in order to leave the excavation site. This work will not be particularly noisy, and it will comply with the noise regulations issued by the CDN-NDG borough.
The second part of the tunnel, which will go under railway #1 and provide access to the MUHC, will be installed at the beginning of the summer. It will be made up of four prefabricated rings that will be placed side-by-side using a traditional excavation method.
Public information evenings
Public information evenings, some of them followed by discussion workshops, took place at various key steps in the project.
For more information about the session held on June 18, 2018 see the Public information evenings and liaison committee section.
Night work to resume - Night work has been slower for about two months but will resume at the beginning of June.
Some night work was carried out earlier this winter over a period of about two months. Following this, we fine-tuned our work methods and safety measures with rail stakeholders. Finalizing this alignment means that we can resume night work at the expected pace.
For the next two to three months, the work will involve drilling. Even though we are using the least noisy technique available, the work could still generate a fairly high level of noise for short periods. It will, however, be carried out in compliance with the authorization given by the borough.The night work is necessary not only to ensure an optimal pace at the site but also to complete certain steps on the railroad right-of-way that cannot be performed during the day due to the arrival and departure of multiple trains. The work should continue at least until next fall.
Work on an exceptional basis at Glen site
Until Thursday, May 10, as authorized by the City of Westmount, the contractor will carry out certain work on an exceptional basis at the Glen site.
Sample concrete work and suitability tests will be carried out over a three-day period. The work includes formwork, rebar work, concrete pouring, drying and stripping. The tests will enable proper preparation of the concrete work for the new infrastructure and ensure high-quality, attractive concrete for both the exposed concrete walls and structural elements.
Given the required space, this precision work cannot be done directly on the worksite, which is too small. The work will be done exclusively during the day, generate a moderate noise level and create no dust.
The preparatory work is now completed. We are now addressing the main construction site.
This winter, we are beginning excavation of the sites where the future STM and RTM entrances, equipped with elevators, will be erected.
The pace of the work will be accelerated, both by day and at night. The night work, authorized by the borough, particularly allows us to carry out certain stages near the railway tracks that cannot be performed during the day. It should continue until next fall.
Drilling, pile driving, excavation: the site of the new Boulevard de Maisonneuve access is a hotbed of activity! See the project’s progress in pictures.
October 2017: The Vendôme intermodal hub before the beginning of the work.
November 2017: The métro station’s natural ventilation shaft was completely demolished. Don’t worry. Other natural ventilation shafts will be constructed by the end of the project.
January 2018: The route of the bus loop was redesigned closer to the existing entrance to clear the space necessary for construction of the new infrastructure. Marcelle Ferron’s stained glass window was removed to prevent it from suffering any damage, but a reproduction can still be admired.
Starting November 13, 2017, bus stops for the 37 – Jolicoeur and 124 – Victoria lines will trade locations in the bus loop. This permanent change will help optimize bus circulation.
Starting in fall 2017, Vendôme station’s immediate surroundings will be a beehive of activity. Indeed, we will be undertaking preparations that will allow us to begin construction of the new entrance building before the end of the year.
Bus, métro and train service will be maintained at all time and the existing tunnel leading to the MUHC will also stay accessible.
Accessing McGill University Health Centre hospitals and emergencies by car will also be possible during entire construction period.
Questions and answers
Work has start in October 2017. The new entryway should open its doors to the public in autumn 2020.
Since the MUHC opened in 2015, Vendôme station has been handling a growing number of people. This trend will only get stronger in coming years, particularly in light of added service by exo and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) medical centre’s location.
The project will make your commute through the station more fluid, increase the station’s passenger capacity and help improve foot traffic from commuter trains, métro, bus terminus and MUHC medical centre. The addition of an underground corridor for pedestrians, linking the station's new entryway directly with exo train platforms and MUHC medical centre, will let you take the shortest route to reach either of these destinations.
The entryway opening directly onto boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest will make it easier to reach the medical centre, while providing the latter with a link to the public transit system. Simplified signage inside will help people easily find their destination. Elevators will be next to the stairs, enhancing visibility and proximity.
The overall project is divided into three zones:
- Vendôme entrance building
- Vendôme commuter train station
- MUHC underground pedestrian corridor
Vendôme entrance building
The new entryway will stand on the east side of the bus loop serving Vendôme station and be partially integrated into the ground floor area of the building at 5100, boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest.
At street level, two main entrances will open onto boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest:
- An entrance reserved for people who want to use the métro.
- Another entrance to reach the building at 5100, boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest and the tunnel leading to exo train platforms.
- That tunnel will hold the pedestrian corridor leading to the MUHC medical centre.
At the lower métro level, people will have access to:
- Métro train platforms
- The tunnel leading to MUHC medical centre
The new entrance building will feature open space bathed in light. Outside, a large canopy with signage directing people to the métro entrance, train platforms and the MUHC, provides a covered area. By the entrance, a welcoming public area outdoors will harmoniously blend into the new building’s architecture. The entryway building will become an animated, friendly and safe place for people.
Open mezzanine areas, stairs and fare collection zones were designed to ensure fluid, efficient circulation inside. The entrance building will follow the logic of other métro stations by connecting to it at a right angle, with a view to structural efficiency. The elevators down to métro platform level are next to the stairs for better visibility and a sense of closer proximity. The structural framework consists of columns laid out around the building’s periphery, thereby creating obstacle-free open areas for circulation.
Accessible from boulevard De Maisonneuve, a large corridor will direct people coming in from outside toward the tunnel to exo and MUHC, helping visitors find their way to their destination. The corridor will hold exo’s ticket counter, as well as an elevator, and stairs provide access to the tunnel, the train station and medical centre. It will also give access to two entrances to the métro station.
The project’s concept calls for outdoor installations that will ensure the safety of customers crossing the bus loop to reach bus stops located around the existing entrance building.
Vendôme commuter train station
The corridor link will feature an area for fare recharging and validation. It will also provide access to the MUHC corridor and hold elevators and stairs connecting with the train platforms below.
At track level outdoors, a shelter serves as a covered waiting zone and holds a heated area in front of the elevators. The track level shelters were made as transparent as possible, giving passengers an open view of the area, further ensuring their feeling of safety.
Pedestrian corridor to MUHC
The underground pedestrian corridor linking the MUHC to the train station will be bathed in light, with sustainable materials in light colours used for construction. The tunnel environment will be dynamic and secure.
During construction work, the métro station will be accessible and service will be maintained.
As for the bus terminus and Vendôme train station, they will be subjected to some disruptions. However, mitigation measures will be implemented to ensure customers enjoy adequate service.
- In the interest of good relations with the neighbourhood, noise and vibration levels will be monitored throughout construction
- A study on air quality and mitigation measures will also be rolled out to ensure the comfort of neighbouring residents
- A communications plan including various communication tools will inform residents, passengers and the public
- A traffic plan for cars and trucks will be enacted to keep circulation in the sector as fluid as possible
The existing entryway to Vendôme station is not accessible to people with limited mobility. The new entrance building to Vendôme, the train station platforms, the pedestrian tunnel to the medical centre, as well as all surface installations will have elevators and other universal access equipment, such as motorized butterfly-type doors and wider gateways
The concept aims to create a fully accessible station featuring safe, user-friendly and visually-pleasing installations.
As the new entryway is nestled among existing infrastructure (nearby buildings, métro tunnel, bus loop and CP train tracks), it can only take up a very limited amount of space. And because an escalator requires a larger volume of space than a staircase, the new entrance building would have had to be bigger to avoid conflicting with existing structures, while still having the space needed for people to move freely or in the event of an evacuation.
Because of the limited space available for the new building, it was impossible to make room for escalators in the new entrance building.
The area shaded in orange shows the volume of space that an escalator would take up, including its mechanical rooms. In red, we can see that the upper mechanical room, above the Montmorency platform, would intrude into the métro tunnel. The dotted line shows the limits of CP’s railroad right-of-way that cannot be encroached upon, preventing any possibility of moving the escalators further back.
The project itself represents a tangible improvement to the overall sustainability of Vendôme station and its immediate surroundings. It was fundamentally designed to increase the public’s access to alternative transportation modes, like the bus, the métro and commuter train, as well as its connection to bicycle paths and user-friendly pedestrian paths.
In addition, we are steadfast in our commitment to integrating the best sustainability practices and, as such, we are striving to obtain certification by Envision for this project. Whil LEED certification is more relevant for buildings above ground, it does not apply to métro infrastructure. Envision certification was developed specifically for unconventional infrastructure projects, like the métro. Other transit operators in Portland and Boston use this reference while, closer to us, the new bridge spanning the Saint-Lawrence River is also aiming for that certification.
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Public information evenings and liaison committee
Public information evenings, some of them followed by discussion workshops, took place at various key steps in the project. You can view the presentation prepared for the June 18, 2018 public information evening.
During the summer of 2018, a liaison committee has been set up to foster healthy, dynamic relations between the STM and area residents. It is made up of the following volunteers:
- Maureen Kiely
- Anouk Laurent
- James Luck
- Élizabeth McCallum
- Jo-Anne Wemmers (substitute member)
You can contact the members of the committee by writing to the following address: email@example.com.
A public consultation was held in 2017. You can consult the Commission’s report and ensuing action plan on the Web page devoted to the topic.
This work is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Québec.