Work underway at McGill station

Project summary

In March 2020, major work will begin both inside and outside McGill station.

Duration of the work: March 2020 to spring 2022

Description of the work: Replacement of the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof, installation of two elevators, construction of a new entrance building, and renovation of three of the station’s six entrance buildings.

Métro impacts: Several partitions will be installed on the western side of the station. They will temporarily close off two entrance buildings and one of the two accesses to the Centre Eaton de Montréal.

Bus impacts: All bus lines serving the station will have to be rerouted. Some lines will finish their service at Square-Victoria-OACI station.


Impact on customer trips

The following stops must be relocated due to the closure of De Maisonneuve and the numerous construction projects in the area:

  • 15 Sainte-Catherine
  • 35 Griffintown
  • 61 Wellington
  • 125 Ontario
  • 168 Cité-du-Havre
  • 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

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    Lines 35, 61 and 168 will end their service on René-Lévesque Boulevard at the corner of Union Avenue, while boarding will take place at Square-Victoria–OACI station.

    The STM isn’t in the habit of cancelling a number of consecutive stops on one or more bus lines. When we decide to do so, it is as a last resort, after we have analysed all other solutions.

    In planning the detours for the lines serving McGill station, we considered the numerous construction sites planned for the area this year. A number of streets will be closed, blocked or reconfigured, and serving McGill station would have required a major, several-minute detour, often through streets clogged with traffic. When we implement this type of detour, the route soon becomes inefficient, and our buses are stuck in traffic for long periods of time. The delay experienced along the detour has an impact on the entire route, and it becomes almost impossible to stay on schedule.

    On top of that, riders realize that it is faster to cover the distance on foot. That creates situations where riders ask the driver to let them get off at unplanned locations along the detour. These locations are often not very safe. In addition, we found that it would be impossible to pick up passengers on René-Lévesque Boulevard, as that would block the reserved lane and hinder several other bus lines. We therefore have to go to Square-Victoria–OACI station.

    It is also worth noting that last year, during similar work, the same detour was deployed. We implemented a shuttle service to make it easier for people to go to McGill station. However, only a few dozen customers made use of this service. This year, we are adding a stop on the 36 Monk line (eastbound) on the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard and Côte du Beaver Hall (stop 52626), as well as a stop on the 75 De la Commune line (southbound) at the corner of Côte du Beaver Hall and Viger Avenue (stop 61657), so that customers do not have to walk down the hill to Square-Victoria–OACI station.

    As of March 2, 2020

    The entrance building located at 811 De Maisonneuve West will be closed until September 2021. You will be able to access the station through the entrance building at 2055 Robert-Bourassa.

    As of May 11, 2020

    Work will get started inside the station. The turnstiles on the west side of the station will be completely redesigned to facilitate passenger movements during the work. Afterward, the west side of the station will be completely closed off.

    As of May 24, 2020

    The Centre Eaton de Montréal will always remain accessible from the station, even if one of the two accesses leading to it will be closed. Additionally, the entrance building at 690 De Maisonneuve West will be closed until March 2021. You will be able to access the station through the entrance building at 640 De Maisonneuve West.

    The Espace client located on the west side of the station will be closed. Our station agents will be offering our full range of services at the fare booth located near La Baie store.


    Impact on people in the area

    De Maisonneuve will be completely closed to vehicle traffic from March 2 until December 2020, between McGill College and Robert-Bourassa. It will be reopened for winter and closed again from March to December 2021 between Robert-Bourassa and Union.

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    Traffic on the sidewalks surrounding the McGill worksite is now one-way.This measure is being put in place to enforce the physical distancing guidelines issued by public health authorities. While using these pedestrian walkways, make sure to keep two metres between yourself and others.

    Pedestrians will be able to walk safely on all sidewalks at all times. The bike path, however, will be moved onto Président-Kennedy.

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    Businesses and office towers will remain accessible for the duration of the work.


    Learn more about the project

    The waterproofing membrane protects the station from water infiltrations. It covers the station’s underground roof and is therefore located underground. McGill station’s membrane dates back to its initial construction and has reached the end of its useful life.

    Learn more about waterproofing membranes

    Underground, the station is as wide as De Maisonneuve Boulevard and 150 metres long. It’s impossible to keep the road open given the scope and complexity of the work. Major work like this also requires lots of space for moving machinery around. We will also have to deal with massive conduits (electrical power and others), which are particularly dense and complex downtown. Once again, we will need a lot of space to do the work around them.

    Different criteria influence the order in which elevators are installed at métro stations, such as ridership, proximity to certain services or institutions and technical complexity. This work is part of the STM’s goal to have 41 universally accessible stations by 2025.

    Learn more about universal accessibility in the métro network

    Coordinating with the other projects in the area is very important to us. We have coordinated with the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project and the Ville de Montréal’s projects on Sainte-Catherine. The traffic plan was developed with all stakeholders in the area.

    Yes. Once the membrane is replaced, we will begin the major renovation of the station’s mezzanine.

    Update on McGill station’s major refurbishment project

    • Replacement of travertine wall cladding throughout the station
    • Refurbishment of La Baie, Parkade and University entrance buildings
    • Replacement of wall and floor finishings and upgrading of platform lighting  
    • Various electrical work and improvement of ventilation
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    Did you know?

    When the station was built in the 1960s, McGill station was known as a prestigious station. This was why it has escalators that go right down to the platforms and walls covered with travertine tile, a high-end product imported from Italy.


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

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