Temporary closing of Papineau métro station

Press release

Temporary closing of Papineau métro station

Montreal, 18 January 2006- The STM will be closing Papineau métro station during eight consecutive weekends, from January 27 to March 19, 2006, to carry out major infrastructure work. These will allow for the construction of rooms to house telemetry, radio communications, telephony and public address equipment, surveillance cameras, in addition to other network systems that will improve services for transit users, as well as their comfort and security. As a result, the station will be closed from 10 p.m. on Fridays, plus all day Saturday and Sunday.

During these periods, métro service will be provided as usual, but the trains will not be stopping at Papineau station. Transit users whose point of departure or destination is at that station will have to use either Beaudry or Frontenac stations instead to enter or exit the system. A shuttle service will be available between Frontenac and Papineau stations during the métro’s regular operating hours, and intervals between buses will vary from five to eight minutes. Shuttle buses running toward Frontenac station will enjoy a higher frequency of service as none of the buses will be departing from Beaudry station where renovations to escalators and moving sidewalks will be underway at the same time. Located within walking distance of Papineau station, Beaudry station will remain open while undergoing its own renovation work.

Open during regular hours on weekdays, Papineau station will close its doors at 10 p.m. on Fridays and only reopen them at 5:30 a.m. on Mondays. While construction is underway, clients will have to use a temporary entrance on the west side of the station, on Cartier Street, as the entrance from Dorion Street will be closed. The fare control booth and turnstiles will be relocated on the lower level.

The STM apologizes to transit users for any inconvenience resulting from this situation and appreciates their patience and understanding. When planning their transportation during this period, customers can call STM-INFO (786-4636) or consult the STM system map or website (www.stm.info) for more useful information.

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