Construction of the Pie-IX station

Construction site summary

As part of the Blue line extension project, this worksite involves building a new accessible métro station with two entrance buildings and a bus terminal. The entire extension is expected to be commissioned in 2030.

Please note that the station name is tentative.

A direct link to the Pie-IX Boulevard bus rapid transit (BRT) service

The pedestrian tunnel, which will link the future Blue line extension Pie-IX métro station to the Pie-IX BRT, is currently under construction, as part of the integrated Pie-IX BRT project.

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June 2023

Building deconstruction in the Pie-IX area

Over the next few weeks, the duplex and garage on Pie-IX Boulevard at the corner of Jean-Talon Street will be removed to prepare the area for the construction of the secondary entrance building of the future Pie-IX station.

Le Boulevard shopping centre redesign project

On the other side of the intersection, on the site of the main entrance building of the future Pie-IX station, measures will be implemented to ensure harmonious coexistence between Le Boulevard shopping centre and the Blue line extension worksite.

The shopping centre will remain open during construction, and several mitigation measures will be put in place to limit the impact of the work on commercial activities and residents.

  • Spring and summer 2023: Renovation of the parking lot on the south and east sides of the building, which includes a snow disposal site from last winter, to provide easy and user-friendly access for customers.
  • Early 2024: Renovation of entrances A and B (on the south and east sides of the building) to improve their appearance and to add more doors so they can become the main entrances of the centre. Landscaping improvements will also be made, including the addition of planters and safe pedestrian walkways.
  • Early 2024: Partial deconstruction of the west portion of the building to ensure optimal coexistence between the shopping centre and the worksite. Some businesses will be relocated to the east side of the building.

Next steps

  • Le Boulevard shopping centre redesign project will continue until early 2024.
  • In early 2024, excavation work will start.

Impact on customer trips

Details to come.

Impact on local residents

Details to come.

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    Questions and answers

    In 2020 and 2021, two archeological potential studies were conducted at the sites of several future structures. This is standard procedure whenever we break ground on a project of this scale that requires excavation. Three future métro stations were identified for targeted interventions, at Pie-IX, Viau and Saint-Michel. These sites were chosen because they are located along the watershed of the Ruisseau du Pont à l’Avoine, a now-dried stream that existed until the 1950s. It flowed south to join the Ruisseau Molson and into the St. Lawrence.

    • The sites of the future métro stations at Pie-IX and Viau will be studied as they are likely to show signs of former Indigenous occupation.
    • The site of the future Saint-Michel power station, located beside the métro station of the same name, is potentially significant to European Quebec history, since it was occupied more recently in the early 20th century. A delivery company occupied the space until the 1960s, when the building was destroyed by fire.

    An expert archeological firm has been hired to conduct the digs. After analyzing the sites and leading archeological potential studies, the archeologists will choose locations for inventory trenches. The trenches will be roughly one metre deep and will allow the researchers to physically evaluate the site’s potential.

    If anything is found, the trench where it is discovered will be enlarged, and additional probes will be done to evaluate its archeological features. An inventory is also conducted as needed.

    At the site of the future Pie-IX (working name) métro station, archeologists unearthed a stone wall and a wooden beam. Although these vestiges show that the site was occupied at the beginning of the last century, they were not of significant heritage value. An archaeological inventory was carried out to document the precise location of the ruins. The inventory included a qualitative and quantitative identification, ensuring the protection and safeguarding of the vestiges’ data.

    Yes, the shopping centre will be able to remain in operation during the expected construction period of the new Pie-IX station. However, it will be partially deconstructed to prevent any interference with worksite or shopping centre operations.

    The STM acquired the building on December 1, 2021, following the expropriation process started earlier in the project timeline.

    The property will be managed by STM subsidiary Transgesco. A recognized company specializing in this area has also been mandated to manage shopping centre operations.

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    The blue line extension project follows in the wake of the Déclaration du gouvernement du Québec et de la Ville de Montréal to revitalize Montréal East. Many projects are underway to give a new impetus to this sector. Increased mobility, economic development, and improved living environments are at the heart of this ambitious project. For more information, see Québec.ca/RevitalisationEstMontreal (in French only).

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