Work underway at McGill station

Project summary

Since March 2020, major work has begun both inside and outside McGill station.

Duration of the work: March 2020 to spring 2022

Description of the work: Replacement of the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof, installation of two elevators, construction of a new entrance building, and renovation of three of the station’s six entrance buildings.

Métro impacts: Several partitions will be installed on the western side of the station. They will temporarily close off two entrance buildings and one of the two accesses to the Centre Eaton de Montréal.

Bus impacts: Bus lines will resume their regular routes starting January 3, except for line 420.

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Progress of repair work around McGill station

The replacement work being done on the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof is well underway. This project that involves multiple steps, including soil excavation, removal of the old membrane, surface cleaning and installation of a multi-layer waterproofing system to prevent leaks.

This worksite is also an opportunity for us to continue the construction work on an elevator shaft in the western portion of the station on De Maisonneuve Boulevard.

Impact on customer trips

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McGill Station: Buses will resume their regular routes starting January 3

 The major exterior work at McGill station is now complete. De Maisonneuve Boulevard West is once again open to traffic since December 18, 2021.

The bus stops that were moved due to construction will return to their regular locations starting January 3, except for line 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, which will keep its temporary route.

 These bus lines will follow their regular routes:

  • 15 Sainte-Catherine
  • 35 Griffintown
  • 61 Wellington
  • 125 Ontario
  • 168 Cité-du-Havre

Please see the schedule on our web page

The 420- Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce stops are being relocated due to the other construction projects in the area. 


Since March 2, 2020

The entrance hall located at 811 De Maisonneuve Ouest is closed.You will be able to access the station through the entrance building at 2055 Robert-Bourassa.

Since May 11, 2020

Work as started inside the station. The turnstiles on the west side of the station have been completely redesigned to facilitate passenger movements during the work. And the west side of the station is completely closed off.

Since May 24, 2020

One of the two accesses to the Centre Eaton de Montréa is not available.

The Espace client located on the west side of the station is closed. Our station agents are offering our full range of services at the fare booth located near La Baie store.

Starting June 28, 2021

The entrance building at 640 De Maisonneuve West will be closed from June 28, 2021 until Spring 2022. The station will remain accessible via the entrance building at 690 De Maisonneuve West, since it will have reopened.

Plan your trips when leaving the station:

  • Take the Eaton Centre exit to go west on De Maisonneuve Boulevard
  • Take the Union exit to go east on De Maisonneuve Boulevard

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Impact on people in the area

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McGill Project – Waterproofing membrane replacement complete. De Maisonneuve Boulevard West will once again be open to traffic as of December 18.

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Closure of entrance buildings from June 28



Pedestrians will be able to walk safely on all sidewalks at all times. The bike path, however, will be moved onto Président-Kennedy.

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Businesses and office towers will remain accessible for the duration of the work.


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

Underground, the station is as wide as De Maisonneuve Boulevard and 150 metres long. It’s impossible to keep the road open given the scope and complexity of the work. Major work like this also requires lots of space for moving machinery around. We will also have to deal with massive conduits (electrical power and others), which are particularly dense and complex downtown. Once again, we will need a lot of space to do the work around them.

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 is 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.

Yes. Once the membrane is replaced, we will begin the major renovation of the station’s mezzanine.

Update on McGill station’s major refurbishment project

  • Replacement of travertine wall cladding throughout the station
  • Refurbishment of La Baie, Parkade and University entrance buildings
  • Replacement of wall and floor finishings and upgrading of platform lighting  
  • Various electrical work and improvement of ventilation
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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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This work is made possible through funding from the Ministère des Transports du Québec.

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