Work underway at Édouard-Montpetit station

Project summary

Major work began on August 10, 2021 at Édouard-Montpetit station to make it universally accessible with the addition of two elevators.

Duration of the work: August 2020 - December 2022

Description of the work: Elevator installation and reconstruction of entrance building façade

Métro impacts: No

Bus impacts: Yes. Some stops will be relocated.

Impact on customer trips

The bus stop in front of the south entrance building (CEPSUM) is relocated during the work.The stops for routes 51 – Édouard-Montpetit, 119 –  Rockland and 368 –  Avenue du Mont-Royal is relocated to the west, near the station, on Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard.

  • Partitions are now installed in the station to close off the work area, particularly on the pedestrian walkway and the stairs leading to the platforms.
  • The tunnel that connects Édouard-Montpetit station to the CEPSUM of Université de Montréal has been reopened, and it is accessible during the CEPSUM’s hours of operations.

Impact on local residents

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Starting May 18, 2022, a portion of the north sidewalk of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard will be closed. We need to do this to complete some of the excavation work on the north elevator. We expect to reopen the sidewalk in early August 2022.

  • The closure will block pedestrian traffic on the north sidewalk of Édouard-Montpetit from the métro entrance building.
  • Access to homes will be maintained at all times.
  • The métro entrance located in this section of sidewalk will also remain accessible.

The following measures will be put in place to make it easier for you to get around:

  • A temporary walkway will be set up on the south side of Édouard-Montpetit (on the same side as the CEPSUM)
  • There will be a new crosswalk on Édouard-Montpetit.
  •  There will be stop signs at the crosswalk.
  • Crossing guards will be on site on weekdays (exact hours to come)

Be careful and make sure to cross only at traffic lights and marked crosswalks.

Drilling piles into the ground

The sidewalk closure is necessary due to the particular properties of the rock in this area. To continue digging one of the two elevator shafts, we will have to work in open cut, which involves installing wooden retaining walls to hold up the soil. The retaining wall installation will require pile drilling in the area of the north sidewalk.

We expect this step to take about two weeks. It could generate more noise than usual near the worksite, as well as an increased presence of machinery. Once we have finished drilling, we can continue with the excavation, using mechanical equipment.

Noise wall

In the coming days, you may notice us partially dismantling the on-site noise wall so that we can install the retaining walls. The noise wall will be set back up afterwards to dampen the noise from the worksite.

Since February 10, 2021, the station’s south entrance building (on Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard, in front of the CEPSUM) is closed for excavation and expansion work.

The station will only be accessible via the north entrance building at Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard and Vincent D’Indy Avenue.

Pedestrians travelling east-west will have to take the secured, marked temporary walkway on the north side of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard. Be careful and make sure to cross only at traffic lights and marked crosswalks.

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Roadblocks on Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard

Bike path closed

Since the work area encroaches on the Edouard-Montpetit Boulevard bike path, the bike path will be moved to Stirling Avenue and Willowdale Avenue. Follow the posted signage.


  • The pedestrian walkway that was set up on the north side of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard is colsed.
  • A temporary secured passageway has been set up on the south side of the boulevard opposite the CEPSUM to allow pedestrian traffic on the east-west axis. Be careful and make sure to cross only at traffic lights and marked crosswalks.
  •  The sidewalk in front of the south entrance building (CEPSUM) is blocked by the worksite.
  • The north sidewalk is also blocked. A temporary walkway allows pedestrian access from the north side of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard.
  • Due to the layout of the worksite, the bike path that runs on Edouard-Montpetit Boulevard is rerouted during the work. The detour runs down De Stirling Avenue and onto Willowdale Avenue.
  • Be careful and make sure to cross only at traffic lights and marked crosswalks.
  • The excavation work will generate vibrations that could be felt by residents near the worksite.
  • Seismographs have been installed to monitor vibrations in real time, and sound level readings will be taken regularly.
  • Any construction work likely to generate noise is generally scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., in accordance with municipal by-laws.
  • We have hired an independent consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will serve to document the condition of the buildings before and after construction.
  • In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert assessment could help determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the worksite. Property owners affected by this measure will be notified accordingly.

Learn more about the project

Providing a universally-accessible public transit system is one of the STM’s strategic priorities. However, adding elevators to an existing building is a major challenge that requires a high degree of planning and will involve many steps.

Due to the specific architecture of Édouard-Montpetit station, expansion work will be required on both platforms and the entrance building in front of the CEPSUM. This will involve ground excavation and concrete work, to be carried out in multiple phases.

Learn more about elevator installations sites

Édouard-Montpetit station is located at the corner of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard and Vincent D'Indy Avenue. Formerly Maplewood Avenue, Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard was renamed in 1967 in memory of the economist Édouard Montpetit (1881-1954), who founded the École des sciences sociales, économiques et politiques at the Université de Montréal in 1920.

Édouard-Montpetit station was opened to the public on January 4, 1988, and officially inaugurated the following day. In 2019, it recorded 1,538,515 entries, placing it 61st out of 68 stations.

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The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to the additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments to speed up universal accessibility work with the goal of having 30 accessible métro stations by 2025.

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