McGill station officially became “universally accessible” on Monday with the installation of elevators allowing access to the platform in the direction of Angrignon station. In the entire metro network, it is thus the 26th of its kind out of a total of 68 stations.
This was briefly announced by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) at the end of the morning on Monday, confirming that the work carried out at a cost of approximately 58.4 million has “respected budgets”. The Ministry of Transport (MTQ) paid the bill for this project.
In addition to the installation of two elevators, the company also carried out the “replacement of the waterproofing system covering the underground roof of the station”, in addition to renovating three of the six existing kiosks and building a new one north of the boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, between Avenue McGill College and Boulevard Robert-Bourassa.
It is this new entrance that will accommodate the new elevators “since the existing entrances were too narrow”.
Located on the green line, the McGill station is one of the busiest stations in the métro network. It will also soon act as an “accessible transfer point with the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station” which is currently under construction, recalls the STM.
“Facilities in good condition are the foundation of a quality public transport service”, argued Monday the president of the transport company, Eric Alan Caldwell, adding that this work was “essential and necessary for the sustainability of the service. network “.
However, there are still 42 stations that are not “universally accessible” on the metro. Five other projects are underway in the Berri-UQAM, Édouard-Montpetit, D’Iberville, Outremont and Place Saint-Henri stations.
Very recently, last December, the Angrignon and Jolicoeur stations became the 24th and 25th universal stations of the Montreal metro. Remember that the STM wants to make 30 stations accessible by 2025. In the longer term, the organization intends to do so for all its stations, as will the REM when it comes into operation.