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. The main entrance building will be accessible via a walkway leading to the butterfly doors.

Bus impacts: Yes, 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.

Impact on customer trips

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Closure of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

Since March 22, we have been working to replace the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof. Ces travaux sont liés au projet d’accessibilité universelle et de réfection majeure de la station de métro Pie-IX.

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 Express Pie-IX North bus stop formerly located in front of the main entrance building has been relocated onto Pie-IX Boulevard to the south of the station.

Phase 4 – November 8 to July 2022

Starting on Monday, November 8, access to Pie-IX station’s entrance buildings will change.

  • The station’s main entrance building will be accessible via a walkway leading to the butterfly doors. The entrance to the walkway will be on Pierre-De Coubertin.
  • The entrance to the secondary entrance building, located on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard, will once again be open, while the north-facing entrance will be closed. 

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.

Phase 4

Impact on buses

  • Starting on Monday, November 8, the stops for bus lines 139 Pie-IX North, 355 Pie-IX North and 439 Express Pie-IX North, normally located next to the main entrance building, will be relocated south of Pierre-De Coubertin, on the east side of Pie-IX.
  • The stops for lines 139 Pie-IX South, 355 Pie-IX South and 97 Avenue du Mont-Royal West will remain in their temporary location south of Pierre-De Coubertin, on the west side of Pie-IX.

Impact on pedestrians

  • A pedestrian path will be set up on the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard (running north-south), south of Pierre-De Coubertin. The sidewalk will be closed between Sherbrooke and Pierre-De Coubertin.
  • A safe zone with a traffic light will be set up south of Pie-IX and Pierre-De Coubertin to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
  • 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

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Closure of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

On March 22, we began replacing 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.

Starting on Saturday, November 6, major changes will be made to the setup of the Pie-IX worksite. Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue will reopen between Jeanne D’Arc and Pie-IX, but remain closed to traffic between Pie-IX and De La Salle. During the work, the 439 Pie-IX bus stop located in front of the main entrance building will be relocated onto Pie-IX Boulevard to the south of the station.

 

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

Pie-IX Boulevard

  • The worksite will not impede traffic southbound or northbound on Pie-IX (west side), though there will be fewer lanes open.

Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

  • Closed to traffic between Pie-IX and De La Salle.

Desjardins Avenue

  • 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.

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.

All parking at Olympic Park will remain open during the work.

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.

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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.

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