Villa-Maria


New artwork unveiled at Villa-Maria station

Created by artist Marianne Chevalier during accessibility upgrades at the station, La Correspondance des strates artwork is composed of geometric and organic shapes of various sizes and colors, arranged above the four openings leading to the elevators connecting the walkway to the station platforms. The artwork’s vertical sections illustrate the movement of the elevators and the horizontal sections, that of the trains. This artwork acts in symbiosis with the large molded dials originally designed by architect André Léonard.

More information about the artwork

Universal accessibility at Villa-Maria station

Project summary

Major work is underway at Villa-Maria station to make it universally accessible with the addition of three elevators.


Duration of the work: September 2019 to fall 2022.

Description of the work: Installation of elevators

Métro impacts: No

Bus impacts: Yes

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Update - August 2022

If you use Villa-Maria station, you may have noticed that there are now some elevators in service. Since August 29, customers have been able to use two elevators connecting the pedestrian walkway level to the platform level, one in each direction. One of the two elevators allows you to get to the fare boot and turnstiles level. Please note that this is only a partial commissioning and that, for now, there is no elevator access to street level. We are doing everything in our power to finish the work quickly and commission the last elevator, which connects the street level to the fare booth level, making the station universally accessible. The delay is due to a late shipment of essential parts. We expect the last elevator to be in service in November 2022.

Impact on customer trips

The worksite area in front of the métro station has been downsized in light of the progress of the Universal Accessibility work, making it possible to reopen the sidewalk on Décarie Boulevard in front of the station as well as the pedestrian access in the south side bus loop.

This means that, as of September 13, all sidewalks and pedestrian walkways around the station can be used. Fences will remain at the front of the station but will not hinder foot traffic.

Access door closed on Décarie Boulevard

The access door to the station entrance building on Décarie Boulevard will remain closed until the work is completed. You can use the station access doors located in the bus loop during this period.

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 to fall 2022

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

July 2021

Reopening of the bus loop and bus stops back to their respective permanent locations.

Fall 2022

Completion of work and commissioning of all elevators.

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.

The worksite in images

December 2021

Top photo :  Following the bedrock excavation and concrete work for the elevator shaft - which will connect the mezzanine to the Montmorency platform - the assembly and mechanical installation can begin.

Lower left photo : An opening in the northern wall of the station was made to allow the integration of the elevator that will connect the mezzanine to the Côte-Vertu platform.

Lower right photo : The elevator shaft access between the mezzanine and the Montmorency platform is installed, and the next step is the electrical work for the control and motorization of the elevator.

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The project in images


The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to the additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments to speed up universal accessibility work with the goal of having 30 accessible métro stations by 2025.

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