On November 30th, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will commission the new elevators at Viau station, making it the 19th station in the métro network to be made accessible, in an area with great potential as a tourist destination due to the nearby Olympic Park and Space for Life facilities.
In addition to the accessibility updates, the STM has been working since January 2019 on major renovations at the station, including:
- Construction of new auxiliary structures, including new ventilation shafts
- Replacement of the waterproofing membrane of the station’s underground roof
- Refurbishment of four staircases
- Redesign of the turnstiles to improve customer flow
- Replacement of the curtain walls that make up the exterior walls
- Replacement of all station lighting
- Replacement of the butterfly doors, some of which are now motorized, for easier station access
- Installation of new signage throughout the station
On the picture: Philippe Schnobb, chairman of the board of the STM
Work is also complete on the attachment centre, an underground workshop where rail vehicles required for night-time tunnel and track maintenance are parked.
Some finishing touches remain to be done, and the entire renovation project is expected to be complete by the end of 2021.
Other Universal Accessibility worksites
There are currently 11 other Universal Accessibility worksites active in the métro network, at Angrignon, Jolicoeur, Place-des-Arts, McGill, Pie-IX, D’Iberville, Édouard-Montpetit, Outremont, Mont-Royal, Villa-Maria and Place-Saint-Henri stations. These improvements will benefit not only customers with motor impairments but also families with young children, elderly people and travellers.