Final phase of the transformation

By fall 2020, the entire Berri-UQAM station will have literally changed face. The Green line platforms will also be universally accessible, thanks to the addition of two elevators.

On the menu for the next two years:

  • Addition of elevators connecting to the Green line platforms
  • End of installation of new wall finishes in remaining areas, mainly on mezzanine level
  • Complete transformation of the floor openings, architectural features through which the Green and Orange lines tracks are visible from the mezzanine.
  • Modern revamp of the shop fronts
  • Modernization of UQAM’s facade
  • Roll-out of the new family of signage tools for the entire station
  • New layout for fare payment area
  • Improvement of lighting

    As the Green and Yellow lines were not built directly on top of each other in the volume of the station, it is impossible to extend the planned Green line elevators down to the Yellow line.

    In addition, the Yellow line platforms are located 28 metres below street level and installing elevators at that depth is a major technical challenge. A feasibility study is under way and the location of the future elevators has been chosen, among a number of options examined. Also, an independent consultant has performed a geotechnical study to assess the quality of the rock, and another study is currently being carried out to determine the scope of the excavation work required. This is a delicate operation, and it requires careful planning.

    The Yellow line environment is restricted, and it will be necessary to open the foundation walls and dig new elevator shafts outside of the current volume of the station. The selected excavation method must be carefully examined by our team of structural specialists.

    In the end, Berri-UQAM will have seven elevators allowing all customers to access its three métro lines.

    Check out some pictures of the station after the work:

    Work in progress

    Description of work

    Rectification of the wall finishes.

    Alternative route

    Take the adjacent fixed or mechanical stairs.

    Description of work
    Reorganization of turnstiles.

    Alternative route
    Use the next turnstiles.

    Description of work
    Construction of the elevator to Angrignon platform, causing the closure of the back section of Montmorency train platform.

    Alternative route
    To board: Walk to the far ends of the platform, in particular, towards the head of the train, in order to disperse the crowd.

    To disembark:Use the central mall.

    Why is taking so long?

    The work must be carried out at night, squeezed into a two-and-half-hour shift so it does not interfere with the métro service. This, plus the fact the station has eight levels, explains the lengthy timeframe. Furthermore, Berri-UQAM is the busiest station in the system, with 12.1 million transit users passing through its turnstiles each year.

    Work completed since 2010

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    • From summer 2010 to fall 2011: we removed the wall finishes in most of the station's public areas and replaced them with temporary coverings until the permanent finishes could be installed.
    • From winter 2012 to summer 2012: we completed the removal of wall finishes and dismantled the decorative red columns that no longer met with today's standards.
    • In early 2013: our work crews took on the task of reconditioning the station's main electrical conduits, which led to the temporary shutdown of several escalators.
    • In 2013: we renovated the Berri and Place Dupuis entrance buildings, by replacing the structural slab, ceilings and lighting, as well as the floor coverings and granite stairs.
    • From fall 2013 to fall 2014: we replaced part of the waterproofing membrane under Berri. Although unseen by the general public, this work is required to protect the inside of the station.
    • 2015: we completed the refurbishment of the Yellow line environment, with reconditioned wall finishes and floor coverings, improved lighting, work on the tunnel ceiling, the demolition and rebuilding of the walkway above the tracks.
    • 2016: Refurbishment of Saint-Denis entryway, reconfiguration of a few circulation zones around the Orange and Green line train platforms, refurbishment of stairs between these two levels.
    • Between 2015 and 2017, the station’s transformation focused on the Green and Orange lines. These areas of the station are now brighter, more welcoming and more user-friendly. Some areas have not been touched and will be finalized during the final phase of the work.
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    Did you know?

    The refurbishment project in the biggest métro station is:

    • 98,242 square feet of small round ceramic tiles installed
    • 89,419 square feet of terrazzo floor restored
    • 4,700 lights changed
    • 2,649 ceiling tiles installed
    • 660 signage elements deployed
    • 3,000 linear feet of platform banners replaced

    Berri-UQAM station in numbers

    • 31,269 m2 of station surface area (more than five football fields)
    • Over 600 STM employees working inside the station
    • 28 escalators
    • 3 public elevators in operation, and 1 private
    • 625 steps (more than double the number of Saint-Joseph’s Oratory)
    • 6 levels with 2 others housing mechanical rooms
    • 6 platforms plus connecting tracks
    • 5 entrance buildings
    • 27.4 metres depth from lower platform to an exit. Only Charlevoix station is deeper.
    • 13 shops inside the station

    This work is made possible through funding from the ministère des Transports du Québec.

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