Work underway at Pie-IX station

Project summary

Major work is under way at Pie-IX station, including the installation of four elevators as part of the Universal Accessibility project. We are also replacing the waterproofing membrane that covers the station’s underground roof, conducting major renovations on the station itself, and doing refurbishment work on Pierre-De Coubertin.

Duration of the work: October 13, 2020 to December 2022

Description of the work: Waterproofing membrane replacement, station renovations and elevator installation

Métro impacts: Service will be maintained. However, the secondary entrance building will be accessible only via the north-facing door.

Bus impacts: Yes, some stops will be relocated during the work.

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A virtual public information session was held on September 22. This dialogue with the community gave us the opportunity to present the work that will be done and to answer your questions. You can view the document (en français) that was presented during the session or view the recording of this public information session.

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Closure of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

Since Monday, March 22, we have been working to replace the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof. This work is related to the Universal Accessibility project and other major renovations at Pie-IX métro station.

Pierre-De Coubertin is currently closed to all vehicle traffic between Pie-IX and De La Salle. During this phase of the work, the 439 Pie-IX bus stop formerly located in front of the main entrance building has been relocated onto Pie-IX Boulevard to the north of the station.

Phase 3 – August 23 to November 2021

Starting on Monday, August 23, métro customers will once again be able to use the secondary entrance building and tunnel to get to Pie-IX station. Work in the area will not be finished, but it will still be safe to use this entrance. The reopening will make entering the station easier for customers who live west of Pie-IX Boulevard, as they will no longer have to cross the boulevard and the worksite outdoors.

During this phase of the work, the secondary entrance building will be accessible only via the north-facing door. The pedestrian path around the building will be adjusted to allow customers to enter.

When leaving the station:

  • Take the secondary exit to get to the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard.
  • Take the main exit to get to the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard.

Pierre-De Coubertin is currently closed to all vehicle traffic between Pie-IX and De La Salle. Parking will remain available at Olympic Park during the work.

Impact on buses

Since March 22, 2021, the 439 Pie-IX bus stop has been relocated onto Pie-IX Boulevard to the north of the main entrance building. The bus stops for lines 139 Pie-IX South and 355 Pie-IX South, formerly located in front of the secondary entrance building, have been moved south of Pierre-De Coubertin, still on the west side of Pie-IX. The stop for line 97 Avenue du Mont-Royal West is also still in its temporary location, between Pierre-De Coubertin and Hochelaga.

Impact on pedestrians

  • A path will be built around the station’s secondary entrance building to allow pedestrians to walk on the west side of Pie-IX (travelling north-south).
  • A safe zone will be created at the intersection of Pie-IX and Pierre-De Coubertin for pedestrians crossing the boulevard.
  • The worksite will not block pedestrians from using the sidewalk on the south side of Pierre-De Coubertin east of Pie-IX.

Impact on cyclists

The bike path on Desjardins will be rerouted during the work, as it ends within the worksite area on Pierre-De Coubertin. We encourage you to read the posted road signage.

Impact on local residents

As part of the ongoing work at Pie-IX station, we are refinishing the sidewalk surfaces on the south side of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue, between Desjardins and Pie-IX. This involve concrete work that started at the beginning of the month and will continue for about two month.

To produce smooth, durable and safe sidewalks, we have to keep a strict schedule between pouring the concrete and saw-cutting the shrinkage joints. This means that some work may have to be conducted on evenings. The number of evenings will vary and could range from one to several non-consecutive evenings per week, depending on the progress of the work. The exact dates when the work may be done depend on several factors, such as the weather. This is why it is difficult to communicate the dates in advance.

Did you know that teams from the STM, the City of Montréal, the integrated Pie-IX BRT project and the RIO will be working together?

These organizations are collaborating on the project’s phasing strategy to align all the work in a way that keeps transportation running smoothly in the area and allows them to manage their investments well. The City of Montréal will take advantage of the excavation phase to update underground infrastructure, while the refurbishment work on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue will integrate the needs to the future Pie-IX BRT.


Traffic during the work

  • Although the work site will cover the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard, two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will remain open to car traffic.
  • Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue will be closed between Pie-IX and De La Salle.
  • Desjardins Avenue will become a cul-de-sac during the work, ending at the worksite on Pierre-De Coubertin.
  • Street parking will be prohibited on one side of Desjardins during this period.

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.

Garbage, recycling and organic waste collection: Collection schedules will be maintained for the duration of the work. The contractor will bring your bins to the collection site and bring them back in front of your residence. Please clearly identify your bins with your address.

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.

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

Learn more about the project

Through this work, the STM intends to provide Montrealers with a direct link between the métro network and the new Pie-IX BRT, a fully accessible bus rapid transit service. For more information on the integrated : Pie-IX BRT project.

We are completing the projects at this major worksite in several phases. The modernization of the water and sewer system is now complete. The total replacement of the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof is almost 90% finished. This operation required the excavation of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue and the support of the utilities located there. Eventually, nearly 5,700 square metres of waterproofing membrane will be replaced, slightly less than the surface area of a professional soccer field. Also, roughly two kilometres of granite curbs will be installed on this avenue.

In addition, we are making very good progress on assembling the structures for the new elevators. The additional staircase at the secondary entrance is also under construction. Ultimately, both station entrances will be brighter, more welcoming, and more user-friendly for our customers.

These projects are a great engineering and construction challenge and require close coordination among the 100 workers, from over 15 different trades, who are involved every day.

  • Expansion of the main and secondary entrance buildings
  • Addition of elevators in the station’s two entrance buildings (two elevators)
  • Addition of elevators between the platforms and the mezzanine (two elevators)
  • Construction of an additional staircase in the secondary entrance building
  • Refurbishment of the station involving the following main improvements:
  • Refurbishment of the waterproofing membrane protecting the underground parts of the station
  • Improved lighting
  • Installation of the new family of signage
  • Addition of motorized butterfly doors
  • Refurbishment of mechanical rooms
  • Addition of natural ventilation shafts

Because of the scale of the worksite and the excavation work that will be required, we are also working with the City of Montréal to perform municipal infrastructure and refurbishment work on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue.

We want to provide Montrealers with a direct link between the métro network and the new Pie-IX BRT, a fully accessible bus rapid transit service that will be operational in 2022.

Located at the corner of Pie-IX Boulevard and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue, Pie-IX station is one of two métro stations built to serve the main site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. It is connected to the Olympic Stadium by an underground passage and is the station most famously associated with the 1976 Olympics.

Pie-IX station opened to the public on June 6, 1976. However, it was not officially inaugurated until July 4, 1976, a few days before the start of the Olympics, which ran from July 17 to August 1, 1976. In 2018, a record 5,190,812 people boarded the métro at Pie-IX, making it the 17th busiest station out of 68. With the addition of the BRT and increased accessibility, Pie-IX should only climb higher in that ranking.

The station was designed by Montréal architect Marcel Raby, who also designed neighbouring Joliette station. Pie-IX station was built entirely in open cut, and its platforms are situated a little over 10 metres underground, making it a relatively shallow station.

We look at several criteria when deciding which stations to make accessible next. Transfer stations were given priority. We also consider other factors, such as whether the station becomes highly crowded during peak periods and major events, whether it is located in a densely populated neighbourhood and whether making it accessible will create an even distribution of accessible stations across the network. There are also technical difficulties specific to each site that affect our ability to quickly set up worksites.

The waterproofing membrane protects the station from water infiltrations. It covers the station’s underground roof and is therefore located underground . The current membrane at Pie-IX station is coming to the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.

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The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments for the purpose of speeding up universal accessibility work and making 41 métro stations accessible by 2025.

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