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Start-up of a first elevator

As of July 13th, the elevator linking street level with the mezzanine will be operational. It is located in the Honoré-Beaugrand Nord entrance building. Therefore, please note that the elevators to the platforms will not be operational until the end of fall of 2018.

This first elevator will be especially useful for reduced-mobility users, families with strollers and people with luggage. Unfortunately, people in wheelchairs will be unable to access the métro platforms until the two other elevators are put into service.

Temporary support posts were installed on the train platforms to provide support and hold up the mezzanine’s concrete slab, when it is partially demolished. The posts will be installed in such a way as to not obstruct the doors of the train’s first car. They will remain there until April 2018.

The goal is to prevent ceramic tiles from falling to the ground in the wake of demolition work required prior to building the elevator shafts connecting to the train platforms. A sheet of plywood will serve to protect Murales, the 1976 work by Jean-Paul Mousseau, but it should not get in the way of transit users. The plywood will protect the work of art until December 2017.

 Completed steps


New partitions walls were set up by the wall next to the stairs leading to the train platform and support posts are now part of the environment at platform level.

Work undertaken on the staircase is necessary to waterproof the concrete structure and replace the steps. Work will be carried out in three phases, giving you access to the station’s platform at all time.

In addition, excavation work needed for the installation of the new elevators is underway. A new noise can be heard behind the partitions? That sound is emitted by the demolition equipment used to open the platform wall and excavate the rock. That is the new location for the elevator shaft.

Temporary support posts were installed on the train platform to stabilize the section of mezzanine slab located close to the excavation work. They will stay there until the work is finished.

And soon!

A new partition wall will be installed in front of the mezzanine guard rail so that we may create the new glass guard rail that will give a whole new look to this universally-accessible station.

The work will take place in the middle of rue Sherbrooke, in front of the Sherbrooke Sud entrance building to the station. Two lanes will remain open for cars travelling either east or westbound.

Their purpose is to improve the water-tightness of a portion of the roof above the underground corridor leading to the Sherbrooke Sud entryway.

A flagger will oversee pedestrian and bus traffic during rush hour periods. The sidewalk in front of the Sherbrooke Sud entrance will still be usable, and bus stops will not be moved.

By going about it this way, we are making sure to lessen the impacts on motorists and avoiding any changes in the commuting habits of those who ride the bus or métro.

Next Monday, all major refurbish work in the Sherbrooke Nord entryway will be finished. From then on, you can use both north-side entryways to access the station.

The refurbish project covered several renovations to extend the infrastructure’s service life. We demolished and waterproofed the staircase structure and the granite steps were also changed.  

With the entryway closed, the slab supporting the mezzanine in front of the stairs was redone and also waterproofed. New floor finishes, matching those installed previously, now cover that section of the mezzanine.

Customers will note that windows were added to the entrance building, bringing in natural light and fostering a stronger sense of security. That improvement meant moving the butterfly-type door, while maintaining a direct access to rue Sherbrooke. That door and the entryway roof were also replaced.

With this refurbishment at Honoré-Beaugrand comes the new métro signage. You will surely notice the difference, if you pay close attention to the typeface and bus pictogram.

Lastly, temporary lighting will be set up on the walls on each side of the stairs, while we finish adjusting light fixtures and levels.

Partition walls set up in front of the convenience store are still needed so that we may finish refurbishing the mezzanine slab. We expect work to be completed by next May.

We are currently opening up the ground to uncover the station at the corner of Sherbrooke and Honoré-Beaugrand streets. In addition to the elevators that will be added, we are taking this opportunity to perform major refurbish work, including the replacement of the waterproofing membrane. Indeed, we must also guard against water below ground!

Our stations were either excavated from the rockbed or covered up after their open-pit construction. For the former, the rockbed’s solid mass does not require additional waterproofing. Water infiltrations are handled by drainage gutters and water catchment systems redirect the water to pumps that send it away from the station. The latter stations are more prone to water infiltrations. To prevent them, a waterproofing membrane was installed above the stations.

After several decades, a number of membranes covering our stations have reached the end of their service life, making it necessary to replace them. Of all existing types of membrane (PVC, asphalt), we are using a rubberized bitumen mix, involving a three-coat application.

Paths taken by water
Below the surface, trickling rainwater, underground water sources (rivulets, brooks and streams) and potential water main breaks and leaks must be protected against. The waterproofing membrane helps prevent trickling water and infiltrations from getting into our stations.

Station also reroofed
Such refurbish work helped us identify another improvement we could make to our stations. The original flat roofs, made of concrete, hold a certain amount of water. Over time, one of concrete’s characteristics, known as creep, is the deformation it sustains in the long-term, as a result of the load or weight of the soil pushing down on these roofs. As a result, the slab is prone to sloping toward the centre, creating a pool of stagnant water. To prevent this, the roof’s profile is modified, giving it an outward slope. 

In short, we removed the original membrane, raised the central portion of our station's roof and installed a new membrane.

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The work currently underway at Honoré-Beaugrand station has already been successfully performed at Jean-Drapeau, Place-d’Armes, Angrignon, Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke and Place-Saint-Henri stations.

A comprehensive view of the project

Refurbish work covers the entire station, as well as its three entrance buildings and bus loops. It also aims to make the station fully accessible to persons with limited mobility by adding elevators.

Honoré-Beaugrand Nord entryway

  • Building the infrastructure needed to install three elevators
  • Adding windows around the elevator shaft
  • Replacing two butterfly-type doors by wider, motorized doors
  • Replacing the entrance building roof's water-proofing system 
  • Replacing all lighting fixtures

Sherbrooke Nord and Sud entryways

  • Demolition and refurbishment of floor slabs and staircase structures 
  • Installation of a water-proofing membrane
  • Replacement of granite steps and floor finishes
  • Replacement of pivoting door and windows
  • Replacement of roof covering (water-proofing system on roof of entryway)
  • Replacement of lighting fixtures


  • Installation of a glass guardrail at mezzanine level
  • Refurbishment of the mezzanine slab
  • Refurbishment of stairs leading to Angrignon platform
  • Refurbishment of platform slabs
  • Replacement of lighting fixtures
  • Addition of new signage
  • Excavation to refurbish the water-proofing system on the station’s underground roof;
  • Excavation to lay the groundwork for infrastructure needed for the installation of an elevator in the Honoré-Beaugrand Nord entryway;
  • Refurbishment of the pavement in the bus loops;
  • Refurbishment and improvement of lighting levels in bus loops;
  • Replacement of damaged fences;
  • Refurbishment to immediate surroundings of station, including sidewalks, lamp posts, outdoor lighting and interlocking stones.

Work will begin May 2, 2016 and should be finished by fall 2018.

Scheduled over a two-year period, the work will have minimum impact on the daily commute of transit users. Renovations work will be carried out in phases, making it possible for customers to access the station while work is underway.


Various criteria determine the order in which stations are transformed. Transfer stations were given priority and are about to be completed.

Other criteria, such as the fact that the station is a terminus and located in a densely-populated neighbourhood, its ridership level, and the fact that it promotes fair distribution throughout the network, are all taken into consideration. Lastly, technical difficulties related to individual sites influence our ability to quickly set up work sites.

They will be located in the Honoré-Beaugrand Nord entrance and will link street level to mezzanine level, then from the mezzanine level to each of the train platforms.

The elevator in the Honoré-Beaugrand Nord entryway

The elevator on the mezzanine level and on the train platform

No blasting will be required during work. The noisiest work, like excavation, will be performed according to city of Montréal regulations.

The customer service point and vending machine will be right in front of the partition wall. Ground markings will indicate location for waiting line to optimize the flow of passengers on the mezzanine. Recharging terminals will be on each side of the corridor leading to the Honoré-Beaugrand Nord exit.

Work is carried out thanks to funding provided by the Ministry of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

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