Universal accessibility at Préfontaine station

Work to make Préfontaine station accessible will begin during September 2019. In total, three elevators will be integrated into the station. To integrate the elevator that will connect street and fare booth levels, we will build a new entrance building next to the access point in Raymond-Préfontaine Park.

The work will begin in September 2019 and end in fall 2021. The station will be universally accessible as of fall 2021.

Yes, Préfontaine station will remain open during the work.

Yes, bike racks removed from the South entrance will be relocated to the North entrance.

Integrating elevators into a métro station requires a number of steps. Given Préfontaine station’s architecture, we will have to extend the mezzanine above the platforms, expand the entrance building and construct and outfit new mechanical rooms, which will involve ground excavation and concrete work.

The seven trees that we need to cut down are located in the exact area where we need to excavate the ground to expand the station and install elevators.

When the work is finished, we will restore the park to its original state and plant trees to replace the ones that we had to cut down.

Partitions will be installed on the platforms and in some areas in the station, however, they will not affect transit users.

Construction work likely to generate noise will normally be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws and to keep the construction on schedule, some work may continue over weekends. Also, some work must absolutely be done outside of métro service hours and may be carried out at night.

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

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that could be felt by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independent 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 order in which stations are made accessible is influenced by various criteria. Transfer stations were given priority and are almost complete.

We also consider other factors, such as whether the station is a terminus or is situated in a densely populated neighbourhood, or whether making it accessible will help provide an even distribution of accessible stations throughout the network. The technical difficulties specific to each site also impact our ability to quickly set up worksites.

The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments for the purpose of speeding up work on universal access and making 41 métro stations accessible by 2025.

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