Jean-Drapeau station is now equipped with elevators, making it the first station on the Yellow line, and the 16th in the métro network, to be universally accessible.
The work, which began in April 2018, required:
- installing two elevators between the mezzanine level and each platform;
- demolishing the convenience store to install the elevators; and
- installing two new wide fare gates and relocating two fare vending machines to improve passenger flow.
Jean-Drapeau station was prioritized after the feasibility studies conducted determined the technical complexity of the site to be low, and the accessibility work therefore less costly to complete. In addition, the elevators will be helpful to the many families with children in strollers that frequent the station.
In 2018, 1,505,875 users passed through the station.
Accessibility of the métro network
Accessibility work is also underway at Berri-UQAM (Green line), Mont-Royal, Viau, Vendôme, Place-des-Arts, Préfontaine, Villa-Maria, Angrignon and Jolicoeur stations.
This work will bring the STM closer to its goal of 41 accessible stations by 2025, as set out in its Organizational Strategic Plan.