Villa-Maria

Universal accessibility at Villa-Maria station

Project summary

Major work will take place at Villa-Maria station to make it universally accessible with the addition of three elevators.


Duration of the work: September 2019 to early summer 2022.

Description of the work: Installation of elevators

Métro impacts: No

Bus impacts: Yes

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Impact on customer trips

New worksite configuration

In July 2021, the worksite configuration will change and allow the bus loop to reopen. The sidewalk in front of the station on Décarie Boulevard will remain blocked. Pedestrians who want to walk on the north-south axis will have to go around the entrance building alongside the bus loop to continue their route. Be careful and follow traffic lights at pedestrian crossings.

Buses will return to the loop on July 16, 2021:

The 24 Sherbrooke, 103 Monkland and 162 Westminster bus stops will return to their usual locations, in the bus loop around the station.

Impact on local residents

  • Major excavation work is now completed in the bus loop.  Some minor work remains but will not be as noisy.
  • Excavation work required for the project will cause vibrations that could be felt by residents living near the worksite.
  • Seismographs have been installed to monitor vibrations in real time and sound level readings will be made regularly.
  • Construction work likely to generate noise is normally scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws.
  • We have hired an independent consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will serve to document the condition of the buildings before and after construction.
  • In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert opinion could help determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the worksite. Property owners affected by this will be notified accordingly.

Learn more about the project

Providing a universally accessible public transit network is a strategic priority for the STM. Adding elevators to an existing building, however, requires extensive planning and represents a major challenge. Several steps are necessary to integrate elevators into an existing station within the métro network.

Given the architecture of Villa-Maria station, we will have to expand both sides of the platforms, as well as the entrance building on the west side. This work will require excavation and concrete work

September 2019 to July 2021

Excavation and drilling work in the bus loop. Relocation of bus stops near the station on Décarie Street.

January 2021

Starting mid-January 2021, we will be changing the worksite configuration to begin work on the entrance building façade. During this phase, the sidewalk in front of the station on Décarie Boulevard will be blocked by the worksite. Pedestrians who want to walk on the north-south axis will have to go around the entrance building alongside the bus loop to continue their route.

January 2021 to February 2022

Expansion of the west facade and continuation of work inside the station.

July 2021

Reopening of the bus loop.

Villa-Maria station has a work of art featuring enormous, brightly coloured polymer concrete circles placed at different angles to guide customer movements. Some of the circles will have to be moved so that we can install worksite fences, but they will be put back at the end of the work.

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The project in images


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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