Work completed at Pie-IX station

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Your Pie-IX station is now universally accessible and more welcoming!

The renovations are almost complete, and the new elevators are now in service, making Pie-IX station the 22nd universally accessible station in our network.

In addition to installing the elevators, we have also carried out repairs and upgrades. We are pleased to now welcome back our customers in a brighter, more user-friendly and, most importantly, accessible environment.

Project summary

Major work is being completed at Pie-IX station, including the installation of four elevators as part of the Universal Accessibility project. We have also replaced the waterproofing membrane that covers the station’s underground roof, conducted major renovations on the station itself, and done refurbishment work on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue.

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

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

Bus impacts: All bus stops are back to their regular locations.

Impact on customer trips

The Pie-IX station accessibility project is now complete. All stops are back to their regular locations, and station entrances are now free of any obstruction. Some work will continue inside the station for a few weeks, but any partitions that need to be installed will not hinder foot traffic.

We are pleased to welcome back our customers in a brighter, more user-friendly and, most importantly, accessible environment.

Here are some of the benefits for our customers:

  • The secondary entrance building is larger and brighter.
  • New signage has been installed.
  • Motorized butterfly doors have been added.
  • Customer flow has been improved with the addition of a staircase and a wider corridor to the secondary entrance building.
  • Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue was refurbished to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists, new street furniture, and improved lighting, and to accommodate the new Pie-IX bus rapid transit (BRT).
  • New fare sale and collection equipment has been installed.
  • The existing granite steps have been refurbished.

Impact on local residents


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?

The STM provides integrated project management for various work providers. In addition to carrying out Universal Accessibility work and replacing the station’s waterproofing system, we upgraded underground infrastructure (water pipes, sewers, and electrical duct banks) for the City of Montréal and refurbished Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue to accommodate the Pie-IX bus rapid transit (BRT).

With this integrated approach, the number of construction sites was reduced to a minimum, thereby minimizing the impact on the public and generating significant time and money savings.

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.

Description of the work done

  • Four new elevators and a staircase have been installed.
  • The secondary entrance building has been expanded.
  • The waterproofing system covering the station’s underground roof has been replaced.
  • A natural ventilation shaft has been built.
  • Lighting has been improved.
  • Structural consolidation work has been done.
  • The underground tunnel leading to the secondary entrance building has been widened.
  • New signage has been installed.
  • Motorized butterfly doors have been installed.
  • The mechanical rooms have been refurbished.
  • Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue has been refurbished, and roughly two kilometres of granite curbs have been installed.
  • The water and sewer system has been modernized.
  • The Commission des services électriques de Montréal network has been upgraded.

Completing this work was a major construction and engineering challenge. It required close coordination between the various trades and the 100 workers involved on a daily basis, all the while keeping the métro station in operation.

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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.


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 project in images

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

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