Work completed at McGill station

Project summary

Since March 2020, major work took place both inside and outside McGill station. In the last few months of this major project, we have finalized :

  • The complete replacement of the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof
  • The renovation of three of the station’s six entrance buildings
  • The installation of a new public art piece at 811, De Maisonneuve West Boulevard entrance
  • The construction of a new entrance building located at 705, De Maisonneuve West Boulevard
  • The installation of two new elevators to make the station universally accessible

Duration of the work: March 2020 to spring 2023.

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Over the next few weeks, some work will continue as we finalize the station’s exterior covering and make a few minor adjustments, but this will not affect customer trips.


Some pictures of the work


A new universally accessible station

With the opening of a new elevator linking the street level (705, De Maisonneuve West) to the mezzanine and platform level towards Angrignon, McGill becomes the 26th universally accessible station in our network.

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Did you know?

To see if any elevators are out of service at the time of your trip, you can check the Elevator service status:

  • On our website, check the "Elevator Service Status" tab at the bottom of the landing page.
  • On our mobile site, click on the triangle at the top right of your screen.
  • By phone, call 514 STM-INFO (514-786-4636), and select option 8 + 2.

Vestiges, by Mathieu Lévesque

New public artwork was also unveiled in the entrance building at 811 De Maisonneuve West, as per the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.

For more information, consult the page dedicated to this artwork.

Learn more about the project

The waterproofing membrane protects the station from water infiltrations. It covers the station’s underground roof and is therefore located underground. McGill station’s membrane dates back to its initial construction and has reached the end of its useful life.

Learn more about waterproofing membranes

Different criteria influence the order in which elevators are installed at métro stations, such as ridership, proximity to certain services or institutions and technical complexity. This work is part of the STM’s goal to have 41 universally accessible stations by 2025.

Learn more about universal accessibility in the métro network

Coordinating with the other projects in the area wa very important to us. We have coordinated with the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project and the Ville de Montréal’s projects on Sainte-Catherine. The traffic plan was developed with all stakeholders in the area.

The McGill Métro Station renovation was one of our network’s largest worksites in the last decade, and it was quite a challenge to keep the station open while completing such major work. Each operation was planned so as to minimize the impact on customers and on métro operations.

Here is an overview of the work completed over the years:

  • From 2013 to 2015: rehabilitation of three entrances (La Baie, Parkade and University); rehabilitation of electrical systems; restoration of the artwork Passus by artist Murray MacDonald.
  • From 2015 to 2017: major restoration of Nicolas Sollogoub's La vie à Montréal au XIXe Siècle by the Centre de conservation du Québec; platform repairs (structure, signage, lighting, ceramic murals and floors, ventilation); repair of wall finishes; major structural work throughout the station.
  • From 2021 to 2022: completion of the waterproofing membrane repair work; completion of De la Cathédrale entrance repair work; commissioning of the elevator linking Honoré-Beaugrand platform to the mezzanine level.
  • 2023 : opening of a new entrance building and commissioning of an elevator linking the street level (705, De Maisonneuve West Boulevard) to the mezzanine and platform levels; completion of 811, De Maisonneuve West entrance repair work and installation of a new artwork.
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Did you know?

When the station was built in the 1960s, McGill station was known as a prestigious station. This was why it has escalators that go right down to the platforms and walls covered with travertine tile, a high-end product imported from Italy.

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The project in images

This work is made possible through funding from the Ministère des Transports du Québec.

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