Universal accessibility at Villa-Maria station

Project summary

Major work will take place at Villa-Maria station to make it universally accessible with the addition of three elevators.

Duration of the work: September 2019 to winter 2022

Description of the work: Installation of elevators

Métro impacts: No

Bus impacts: Yes

Impact on customer trips

Bus and métro service will be maintained at all times, but bus stops will be relocated during the first phase of the project. Be careful and follow traffic lights at pedestrian crossings.

Since September 3, 2019, the 24 Sherbrooke, 103 Monkland and 162 Westminster bus stops have been relocated close to the station until November 2020, as the work will be taking place in the bus loop around the station.

In a later phase, partitions will be installed inside the station to close off the work area, particularly on the pedestrian walkway and the stairs leading to the platforms.

Impact on local residents

  • On February 3, we will start drilling and excavating operations using mechanical equipment. Blasting will not be required for the excavation work.
  • Excavation work required for the project will cause vibrations that could be felt by residents living near the worksite.
  • Seismographs have been installed to monitor vibrations in real time and sound level readings will be made regularly.
  • Construction work likely to generate noise is normally scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws.
  • 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 will be notified accordingly.

Learn more about the project

Providing a universally accessible public transit network is a strategic priority for the STM. Adding elevators to an existing building, however, requires extensive planning and represents a major challenge. Several steps are necessary to integrate elevators into an existing station within the métro network.

Given the architecture of Villa-Maria station, we will have to expand both sides of the platforms, as well as the entrance building on the west side. This work will require excavation and concrete work

September 2019 to February 2021

Excavation and drilling work in the bus loop. Relocation of bus stops near the station on Décarie Street.

February 2021 to February 2022

Expansion of the west facade and continuation of work inside the station. Reopening of the bus loop.

Villa-Maria station has a work of art featuring enormous, brightly coloured polymer concrete circles placed at different angles to guide customer movements. Some of the circles will have to be moved so that we can install worksite fences, but they will be put back at the end of the work.

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The project in images

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

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