Montréal, January 10, 2013 – From Monday, January 14 until December 2013, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will proceed to raise platform levels in certain métro stations. This very slight increase in elevation will facilitate wheelchair access for disabled persons aboard métro cars. Station platforms already equipped with elevators and those scheduled to be completed by 2017 will be modified. Adjustments will be made on Orange line platforms only in all four transfer stations.
More specifically, these changes will be made at the head of the train where the second and third Azur métro car doors are located. Depending on stations, the elevation will reach a maximum height of 65 millimetres, and will create a slight incline over a distance of 17 metres. By therefore adjusting the height of platforms to métro cars, the STM will eliminate all obstacles for disabled persons in wheelchairs and allow them to enjoy greater autonomy in public transit.
This project is part of the 2012-2015 Universal accessibility development plan presented last June by the STM. Its completion is set to coincide with the arrival of the AZUR métro cars in early 2014.
The STM wishes to inform the public that all necessary measures will be deployed to ensure customer safety and minimize inconveniences that may result from this situation. With this in mind, work will be conducted exclusively at night so passenger movements may not be affected. For updated information regarding this project, visit: www.stm.info/English/info/a-travaux.htm
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