Work at Berri-UQAM station: an important step toward improving the transit experience for customers
Undertaken in 2010 as part of a vast refurbishment project, the work at Berri-UQAM station is set to begin an important phase next week with the reconfiguration of a staircase by the Angrignon train platform which, once completed, will be of benefit to transit users and thus improve their experience.
Montréal, January 21, 2016 – Undertaken in 2010 as part of a vast refurbishment project, the work at Berri-UQAM station is set to begin an important phase next week with the reconfiguration of a staircase by the Angrignon train platform which, once completed, will be of benefit to transit users and thus improve their experience.
Part of a larger phase initiated in March 2015 to modernize the open areas where people circulate and the train platforms for the Orange and Green lines, this next step will make it possible to:
- improve the fluid movement of transit users thanks to the redesign of certain areas in the station, including wider stairs connecting the Angrignon platform on the Green line to the Côte-Vertu platform on the Orange line;
- enhance ambient lighting;
- integrate new signage;
- restore or replace floor finishes, concrete walls, dropped ceilings and partition glass;
- highlight the works of art;
- install the new white glass wall tiles.
« These investments are a perfect example of the efforts dedicated to making Montréal a world leader in the area of sustainable mobility. The métro is part of our collective heritage and maintaining it is crucial to ensure it is reliable and secure. This way, we can entice more Montrealers into using public transit, » explained Aref Salem, in charge of transportation for Montréal’s executive committee.
« Berri-UQAM is the network’s busiest station with some 12.9 million passenger entries per year, so the work in the station is essential to extend its service life and stabilize its maintenance costs. Furthermore, as part of our change in direction, aimed at making customers the focus of our priorities, the work will help us to reach one of the goals we set out for ourselves, and that is curbing the maintenance deficit affecting our assets, » added Philippe Schnobb, chairman of the STM board of directors.
Expect a few obstacles
Some of the work undertaken during that phase will result in the closure of the stairs leading from the Angrignon platform on the Green line to the Côte-Vertu platform on the Orange line from January 25 to June 3, 2016. The STM will deploy any and all necessary measures to limit the impact on the circulation of its customers.
An $87 M project
The STM reminds that work at Berri-UQAM station must continue until 2017. Since 2010, several portions have already been completed, like renovations of the Berri and Place Dupuis entrances to the station. The cost for the entire refurbish project, staggered from 2010 to 2017, is estimated at $87 M.
Find out more about the project at: http://www.stm.info/fr/infos/etat-du-service/travaux/berri-uqam
Société de transport de Montréal