Work underway at Édouard-Montpetit station

Project summary

Major work began on August 10, 2020 at Édouard-Montpetit station.

The purpose of this work: universal accessibility
The goal of this site is to install elevators at this Blue line station to allow everyone (e.g., customers with functional limitations, families with strollers, travellers) to get around.

Like all network stations, Édouard-Montpetit was not designed to be equipped with elevators when it was first built in the 1980s. Adding elevators to an existing building is a major challenge. Integrating this new equipment into an existing station involves a number of steps.

Description of the work: Elevator installation and reconstruction of entrance building façade

Métro impacts: No

Bus impacts: Yes. A bus stop is relocated.

Impact on customer trips

The bus stop in front of the south entrance building (CEPSUM) is relocated during the work.The stops for routes 51 – Édouard-Montpetit, 119 –  Rockland and 368 –  Avenue du Mont-Royal is relocated to the west, near the station, on Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard.

  • Partitions are installed in the station to close off the work area, particularly on the pedestrian walkway and the stairs leading to the platforms.
  • The tunnel that connects Édouard-Montpetit station to the CEPSUM of Université de Montréal  is accessible during the CEPSUM’s hours of operations.

Impact on local residents

  • The station is only be accessible via the north entrance building at Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard and Vincent D’Indy Avenue.
  • Pedestrians travelling east-west  have to take the secured, marked temporary walkway on the north side of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard.
  •  The sidewalk in front of the south entrance building (CEPSUM) is blocked by the worksite.
  • The north sidewalk is also blocked. A temporary walkway allows pedestrian access from the north side of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard.
  • Due to the layout of the worksite, the bike path that runs on Edouard-Montpetit Boulevard is rerouted during the work. The detour runs down De Stirling Avenue and onto Willowdale Avenue.
  • Be careful and make sure to cross only at traffic lights and marked crosswalks.

Excavation work

  • The excavation work will generate vibrations that could be felt by residents near the worksite.
  • Seismographs have been installed to monitor vibrations in real time, and sound level readings will be taken regularly.
  • Any construction work likely to generate noise is generally scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., in accordance with municipal by-laws.
  • We have hired an independent consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will serve to document the condition of the buildings before and after construction.
  • In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert assessment could help determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the worksite. Property owners affected by this measure will be notified accordingly.

Why is there digging outside the station?

The elevators will be installed on either side of the métro track, on each of the platforms. That’s why the shafts have been dug out on both sides of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard.

In addition, the station’s south entrance, adjacent to the CEPSUM, needs to be expanded to make room for an elevator.

Learn more about the project

Providing a universally-accessible public transit system is one of the STM’s strategic priorities. However, adding elevators to an existing building is a major challenge that requires a high degree of planning and will involve many steps.

Due to the specific architecture of Édouard-Montpetit station, expansion work will be required on both platforms and the entrance building in front of the CEPSUM. This will involve ground excavation and concrete work, to be carried out in multiple phases.

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Édouard-Montpetit station is located at the corner of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard and Vincent D'Indy Avenue. Formerly Maplewood Avenue, Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard was renamed in 1967 in memory of the economist Édouard Montpetit (1881-1954), who founded the École des sciences sociales, économiques et politiques at the Université de Montréal in 1920.

Édouard-Montpetit station was opened to the public on January 4, 1988, and officially inaugurated the following day. In 2019, it recorded 1,538,515 entries, placing it 61st out of 68 stations.

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The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to the additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments to speed up universal accessibility work with the goal of having 30 accessible métro stations by 2025.

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