Work underway at Outremont station

Project summary

Work is underway at Outremont station to make it universally accessible. We will also undertake a major refurbishment of the station, including adding a natural ventilation shaft and a new staircase.

Duration of the work: January 4, 2021 to December 2023

Description of the work: Installation of three elevators and major refurbishment of the station.

Métro impacts: No impact on service up to the end of 2021. Complete station closure starting January 2022 for approximately 8 months.

Bus impacts: Yes, there will be a detour for lines 160 and 161 during phase 1 of the project (January 2021). Afterwards, bus stops will be relocated nearby for the duration of the work.


Impacts on customer trips

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Reopening of Van Horne Avenue

Van Horne Avenue is now reopened to vehicle traffic. For the rest of the project, the worksite will be located mainly on Wiseman Avenue south of Van Horne, except for a small section in front of the entrance building on Van Horne. A lane in each direction is maintained on Van Horne Avenue.

A pedestrian walkway is installed at Van Horne and Wiseman for pedestrians to cross Van Horne safely. Pedestrians travelling east-west will have to use the north sidewalk on Van Horne.

Now that Van Horne Avenue has reopened, lines 160 Barclay and 161 Van Horne will resume their regular routes.

March 11, 2021 to December 2021

Now that Van Horne Avenue is reopened, two temporary stops are set up near the station, one at Stuart and Van Horne and one at Outremont and Van Horne.

Depending on the configuration of the worksite, the doors leading to Van Horne Avenue may be closed, but you will be able to access the station via the doors leading to Wiseman Avenue.

Station closure – January 2022 to August 2022

The station will be completely closed at the beginning of 2022 for 8 months. You will be notified about travel alternatives.

To carry out such extensive work, we are obliged to close the station. Outremont station has only one entrance building, and it would have been impossible, for example, to demolish and rebuild the entrance building slab and demolish the escalator support beams while continuing to accommodate customers safely. Moreover, the closure will allow us to complete some of the work more quickly. Replacing floor finishes and building a new fare booth, for example, would have extended the duration of the work if it had been done while the station was still in operation.

Impacts on local residents


Phase 2 - March 11, 2021 to December 2021

  • Maintenance of a lane in each direction on Van Horne Avenue
  • Closure of Wiseman Avenue at Van Horne Avenue
  • Wiseman Avenue will be accessible by Duverger Avenue via Outremont Avenue
  • Access to the alleyway via Van Horne Avenue closed; the alleyway will remain accessible by Lajoie Avenue
  • The bike path on Wiseman will be rerouted on Outremont Avenue until the work is completed.
  • Access to the station via Wiseman Avenue

Phase 3 – January 2022 to August 2022

  • Complete closure of the métro station
  • Shuttle bus service between Outremont and Acadie métro stations
  • Maintenance of a lane in each direction on Van Horne Avenue
  • Complete closure of Wiseman Avenue
  • Access to the alleyway via Van Horne Avenue closed
  • Detour of the bike path on Wiseman

Phase 4 – August 2022 to December 2023

  • Outremont station open and métro service operational
  • Access to the station via Wiseman Avenue
  • Complete reopening of Van Horne Avenue
  • Closure of Wiseman Avenue at Van Horne Avenue except for bike path
  • Access to the alleyway via Van Horne Avenue closed; the alleyway will remain accessible by Lajoie Avenue
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Businesses adjacent to the station will remain accessible for the duration of the work.

A virtual public information session was held on October 26 at 7 p.m.  If you missed this event and would like to find out more about the work involved in the project and how it may affect you, you can consult the document (in french) presented that evening or view the video of the public information session.

A second virtual public information session will take place on May 31 at 7 p.m. This session will provide information on worksite progress as well as information about a liaison committee that will be set up to foster healthy, dynamic relations between the STM and local residents. Participate to this session.

Good neighbourhood committee

The first meeting of the good neighbourhood committee took place on June 16. 2021. Representatives of the STM and the borough of Outremont came together with five local residents and business owners to define the issues that they will discuss as a committee to improve the worksite’s impact on the neighbourhood.

In addition to installing three elevators to make the métro station universally accessible, we will be undertaking a major refurbishment of the station. More specifically, we will be performing the following work:

  • Replacing the waterproof membrane of the station’s underground roof
  • Refurbishing the structural slab
  • Adding a natural ventilation shaft on the entrance building roof
  • Upgrading the electrical equipment
  • Replacing the station’s roof
  • Replacing the exterior covering, windows, floor finishes and lighting
  • Installing new signage
  • Restoring the work of art.

Part of the alleyway adjacent to the station will encroach on the work area and be subject to excavation work to build an elevator shaft. The alleyway will become a dead end since it will lead to the work area. It will be accessible only from Lajoie Avenue.

Garbage, recycling and organic waste collection will be maintained for the duration of the work, but, since the alleyway will be closed at the north end, collection will take place on Wiseman Avenue and Stuart Avenue. You will need to bring the bins in front of your residence. Please identify your bins and put them at the curbside on collect day.

Circulation: Traffic reversed on Duverger Avenue to provide access to Wiseman Avenue from Outremont Avenue.

On-street parking: Parking restrictions will be in place around and inside the work area. Read the signage carefully.

Sidewalks and access: Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks may be blocked occasionally. In this event, pedestrian detours will be implemented.

Buses: Service will be maintained, with some relocated stops. Read bus stop signs carefully.

Water shut-offs: Water may be shut off during certain work. Notices will be distributed to affected homes 48 hours before any shut-off. We ask that you pay close attention to these notices so that you can prepare accordingly.

Bike path: Depending on the configuration of the worksite, the bike path on Wiseman Avenue could be relocated during the work. Read road signs on site for the recommended detour.

If you have any other questions regarding this project, please contact STM customer service at 514-786-4636.

The work will be done in compliance with all municipal by-laws.

Work schedule

Any construction work likely to generate noise will generally be scheduled between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some work may continue over weekends, in accordance with municipal by-laws, to keep the construction on schedule. Also, some work must absolutely be done outside of métro service hours and may be carried out at night.


Rock bed excavation will be performed using mechanical equipment.

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that may be felt by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independent consulting firm to survey (particularly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will document the condition of the buildings before and after construction. In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert opinion could help to determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the work site. Property owners affected by this measure will be notified accordingly.

Anti-dust sheets will be installed on all the worksite partitions to limit dust dispersal.

We care about the quality of life of residents living close to our facilities. Rest assured that we will take all measures necessary to keep the impact on residents, businesses and customers to a minimum.

Learn more about the project

Improving this station’s accessibility is part of phase 1 of our Accessibility program, which aims to make 14 of our métro stations more accessible by 2025. For more information, visit our web page.

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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 access work.

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