Snowdon métro station : a newly accessible station for the benefit of customers
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing that three elevators are now operational at Snowdon métro station on the Orange line.
Montréal, June 3, 2016 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing that three elevators are now operational at Snowdon métro station on the Orange line.
« Having working elevators at Snowdon station is excellent news for customers. Universally-accessible stations contribute to improving the transit experience in the metro system by making it easier to get around. Making the metro accessible is still a priority for the STM and our work will continue toward that end for the benefit of all Montrealers », said Philippe Schnobb, chairman of the STM board of directors.
« Such amenities make public transit even more appealing, and these are also consistent with our efforts toward creating a vibrant, sustainable metropolis. Installing elevators at Snowdon station helps raise the level of service provided by metro infrastructure, while meeting the needs of a greater number of Montrealers » added Aref Salem, executive committee member responsible for transportation for the City of Montréal.
« Adding elevators at Snowdon métro stations is perfectly in step with the health-conscious orientation adopted by our borough. One of our goals is to increase universal access in our public spaces », explained Russell Copeman, borough mayor for Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
A virtual construction site since 2013, Snowdon métro station has undergone extensive refurbishment, in addition to the elevator installation. Indeed, these renovations also served to redesign the main entrance, the fare control zone and the building’s different levels, to replace electrical equipment, expand the building itself and reinforce its foundations. The overall cost of the project is $38.4 M, with 75% being funded by the Ministry of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.
For now, ten stations are universally accessible on the Orange line: Montmorency, de la Concorde, Cartier, Henri-Bourassa, Berri-UQAM, Lionel-Groulx, Côte-Vertu, Champ-de-Mars, Jean-Talon and Snowdon.
Work to retrofit elevators is currently underway at Rosemont, Place-d’Armes and Honoré-Beaugrand stations. Similar work is scheduled for Vendôme and Viau stations (with completion set for 2019), as well as at Mont-Royal station (with completion set for 2020).
Inaugurated in 1981, Snowdon station sees some 3.7 million people go through it each year.
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De gauche à droite : Philippe Schnobb, président du conseil d'administration de la STM; Marie Turcotte, représentante des usagers du transport adapté de la STM; Marvin Rotrand, vice-président du conseil d'administration de la STM, Conseiller de la Ville de Montréal – district de Snowdon Arrondissement de Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
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