Universal accessibility works at Mont-Royal station

Major works is underway at Mont-Royal station, to make it universally accessible. The end of the work is scheduled for the beginning of the year 2022.

Impacts of the work on your trips

From May 9, 2019, until the end of the work

  • Berri Street: Closed between Mont-Royal and the bus loop behind the station.
  • Rivard Street: Traffic allowed in both directions between Mont-Royal and the bus loop behind the station.
  • Bus loop: Vehicle traffic allowed in both directions. Buses will no longer use the loop.
  • The westbound 97 and 11 bus stops, as well as the 711 bus stop will be relocated on Mont-Royal Avenue.
  • Parking: Some parking spaces on Rivard Street will be removed to make room for vehicle traffic.
  • The bicycle stands will be relocated until work is completed.

Trucks will enter and exit the worksite along Berri, either via Mont-Royal or the bus loop. Flaggers will be present at all times during truck movements to ensure user safety.

The métro track goes underneath Berri Street, and the Montmorency platform is located east of this street, under the parking lot of a building. We must excavate Berri Street to build the new infrastructure for the elevator to the Montmorency platform and a pedestrian tunnel linking the elevator to the rest of the station.

Questions and answers

We are currently breaking up the rock to perform the excavation work required to move the project forward. This work has started in July 2019 and should last until January 2021. Different methods, such as micro-blasting, will be used to break up the rock, depending on the particularities of the soil conditions and nearby buildings.

What measures will be implemented to ensure safety around the worksite?

  • The construction site has already been fenced off, and the work will be done within its perimeter.
  • Blasting mats will be installed over the rock to contain rock fragments, when required.
  • Safety instructions will be posted around the site.
  • No explosives are stored on site.
  • A professional firm specialized in monitoring vibrations has been mandated to ensure compliance with the standards established by the City of Montréal and the STM.

Based on the method used, what is the usual procedure for warning nearby residents that a micro-blast is imminent?

  1. 12 whistle or siren sounds
  2. 30-second wait
  3. Micro-blast
  4. One long whistle or siren sound
  5. End of blasting

In general, the excavation work will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Will residents feel vibrations and hear noise?
Close to the worksite, residents may feel vibrations or hear noise when the rock is broken up, which is totally normal.

Installation of Carbon monoxide detectors

Gestion Monox Inc. has been mandated to install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings within 100 metres of the site. If your property is located in the targeted area, Gestion Monox Inc. has contacted or will contact you shortly. For more information, please visit

  • Complete demolition of the current entrance building
  • Construction of a new expanded building with glass facade
  • Construction and installation of two elevators
  • Addition of new stairs leading to the platforms
  • Addition of a walkway providing acess between the two elevators
  • Construction of natural ventilation shafts
  • Construction of a new fare booth at street level
  • Relocation of the fare collection area to street level
  • Installation of three motorized butterfly doors
  • Addition of a green roof

The work will be carried out in four phases. To prevent closure of the station during the work, we will build a temporary structure in the current entrance building so that we can demolish it safely. Then, we will build a temporary entrance building for users.

  • Installation of worskite fencing and contractor's trailer
  • Construction of a structure for the demolition of the entrance building
  • Partial demolition of the entrance building
  • Construction of a foundation wall
  • Construction of supports for the vaulted building
  • Reconfiguration of worksite fencing
  • Construction of temporary entrance builing
  • Surface excavation
  • Closure of Berri Street and installation of temporary public utilities
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Circulation during this phase

During this phase, Berri Street will be closed and traffic will be permitted in both directions on Rivard Street and in the bus loop. See the plan in the Impacts of the work on your trips section.

  • Reconfiguration of worksite fencing
  • Complete demolition of entrance building
  • Excavation of rock bed by micro-blasting
  • Constructoin of a new entrance building
  • Installation of elevators
  • Installation of natural ventilation shafts
  • Relocation of the fare booth and fare collection turnstiles

More information to come.

Evolution of works

Night-time concrete work

We are going to carry out concrete work on the station’s vaulted ceiling in preparation for the construction of the future elevator shafts, stairs and the new pedestrian tunnel that will connect the two platforms.

Given the type of equipment that we have to use and the fact that the work will be carried out on the platforms, these activities must be performed exclusively outside of métro operating hours, in other words, at night.

A concrete mixer and trucks will be in the bus loop behind the station on week nights. The number of nights will vary and could range from one to several nights a week, depending on the progress of the work. The work will last approximately six months.

We have obtained all the necessary authorizations from the borough. We are aware of the inconvenience this work might cause, and we are taking all necessary measures to minimize the impact on your activities.

Latest news - December 20

We have finished installing the steel beams inside the entrance building. A temporary structure will be built on this large metal construction, which will enable us to demolish the building while keeping the station open.

Upcoming work in January
In the week of January 7, we will carry out night work in the bus loop located behind the station. This is preparatory work for the concrete work phase. We will install pipes to pour concrete in the station. This concrete will strengthen the station’s vaulted ceiling.

Holiday break
Work will stop for the holiday period, from late afternoon on December 21 until the morning of Monday, January 7, 2019.

November 16

Station access: closure of some doors

The morning of November 21, 2018, we will start work inside the entrance building. This work requires the closure of the doors leading to the bus loop and those opening onto Berri Street. The doors on Mont-Royal Avenue will remain in operation, and buses will remain in their usual locations during this phase of the work.

Yes, the station will remain open for the entire project.

The expansion will enable the installation of two elevators, the addition of two staircases connecting the platforms to the street, as well as the construction of a second walkway above the tracks linking the two platforms. Users will be able to move fluidly inside the station.

It will be fully acessible once the work is completed, towards the end of 2021.

Different criteria can influence the order in which stations undergo accessibility work. Transfer stations were given first priority and are about to be completed.

Other criteria include ridership and the fact that the station is a terminus and situated in a densely populated neighbourhood. It will help form an even spread of accessible stations throughout the system. Lastly, the technical difficulties specific to each ste also impact our ability to quickly set up worksites.

Yes. A competition was launched in 2017. It is part of the station's expansion project, funded in part by Quebec's ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports and in line with the province's Politique d'intégration des arts à l'architecture et à l'environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics (1% policy).

The city of Montréal is reponsible for the development of Place Géarld-Godin. For more information, visit the Plateau Mont-Royal borough's website

Any construction work likely to generate noise will generally be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws, some work may continue over the weekend to keep the construction on schedule. Also, since some work must absolutely be done outside the hours of operation of the metro, they will be done at night.

Excavations in the rock bed generally require micro-blasting. While this is the preferred method, some parts of the excavation will require mechanical equipment for rock breaking.

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that could be noticed by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independant 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 opinion 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.

The public market located in the worksite will be moved and will operate on Place Géarld-Godin, near Rivard Street.

Facade of the station seen during the day

Facade of the station seen at night

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We are aware of the inconvenienve this construction work might cause. Rest assured that we will take necessary measures to lessen their impact on your activities.

This work is carried out thanks to funding provided by the ministère des Transports.

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