The mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, and the chairman of the board of directors of the Société de transport de Montréal, Philippe Schnobb, today announced an investment of $213M to make 14 métro stations universally accessible by 2022 through the addition of elevators.
Montréal, October 11, 2016 – The mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, and the chairman of the board of directors of the Société de transport de Montréal, Philippe Schnobb, today announced an investment of $213M to make 14 métro stations universally accessible by 2022 through the addition of elevators.
“We want to make Montréal an increasingly active and sustainable metropolis for the entire population. The accessibility program announced today demonstrates our commitment to this objective. The installation of elevators in 14 additional stations adds to the service level of our métro infrastructures, while responding to the needs of a greater number of Montrealers,” stated Mayor Denis Coderre.
“In 2015 we made a commitment as an organization to improve our clients’ daily travel experience. And this will only happen with better access to our métro system, with close to half of the stations being equipped with elevators by 2022. We hope to accelerate the pace of the work so that the entire network will be accessible by 2038 by doubling the work on accessibility projects from 1.2 to 2.3 stations per year,” announced Mr. Schnobb.
The métro network now includes 10 elevator-equipped accessible stations. The five-year program will allow for 31 accessible stations by 2022. The first two stations to benefit from work under this program will be Jean-Talon (Blue line) and Jean-Drapeau with service implementation in 2019.
The stations were selected on the basis of the level of technical difficulty involved in integrating elevators and on a balancing of accessibility throughout the network, all while taking into account planned asset maintenance projects.
This accessibility program is made possible thanks to the agreement between the federal and Quebec governments on the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
Carte du réseau du métro (in French)