D’Iberville becomes métro network’s 27th accessible station

Press release

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has commissioned three new elevators at D’Iberville station, making it the 27th accessible station in the métro network. The addition of elevators will benefit customers with functional limitations as well as families with young children, elderly people and those travelling with luggage.

“The accessibility of our métro network is key because it fosters social inclusion for people with functional limitations and drives growth in surrounding communities,” says Laurence Parent, Vice-Chair of the STM Board of Directors. “And that is the very essence of public transit: it connects every resident to all that the city has to offer.”

Network modernization continues

Along with installing the elevators, the STM modernized the station by renovating the main entrance building on the corner of D’Iberville and Jean-Talon. The $38.5 million upgrades began in October 2020 and included:

  • Adding three elevators, including all the necessary mechanical equipment
  • Redesigning the main entrance building, widening the entrance, rebuilding the structural slab and redoing the flooring
  • Installing a new fare booth, new fare sale equipment and new turnstiles
  • Adding a natural ventilation shaft on the roof of the main entrance building
  • Refurbishing the entrance building roof
  • Raising the platforms to improve accessibility and facilitate boarding

“We need to take every opportunity to modernize our network if we’re going to continue to live up to customer expectations,” says Éric Alan Caldwell, Chair of the STM Board of Directors. “By 2030, 93% of the STM’s infrastructure will be more than 40 years into its useful life. That’s why we’re investing $21.1 billion over the next decade to modernize our bus and métro networks. With these investments, we’ll be able to increase our capacity, improve métro accessibility, optimize the use of existing assets and boost the appeal of mass transit, all without having to build new facilities. It’s responsible action for unrivalled performance.”

Accessibility work in the métro

STM is currently installing elevators at four stations: Outremont, Place‑Saint‑Henri, Berri‑UQAM (Yellow line) and Édouard‑Montpetit. Work is also scheduled to begin at Atwater station in February 2024. The STM has tripled the number of accessible stations since 2016 thanks to funding dedicated to accessibility from the various levels of government. The STM wants to continue the work and aims to make 41 stations accessible by 2030, if funding allows.

On the picture: Laurence Parent, Vice-President of the Board of the STM and Sylvain Ouellet, City Councillor of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension Borough

Photo credit: Louis-Étienne Doré