Service resumed on the entire blue line of the Montreal metro late Sunday following work that had to be extended beyond the scheduled schedule.
A few minutes before 7 p.m., the time at which the stations were to reopen after being closed all day, the Société de transports de Montréal (STM) announced that it had to extend the closure due to “constraints related to the work” at the Edouard-Montpetit station.
At 9:15 p.m., service was finally able to resume along the entire line.
The shuttle service set up to compensate for the closure of all stations located west of Parc has been extended until around 11 p.m., the STM said. This special line 809 offers service between Snowdon and Jean-Talon stations, stopping at each station on the blue line.
The work that took place on Sunday mainly concerned the Édouard-Montpetit metro station. Two elevators to reach the landings in both directions of the metro were to be installed there so that it would become the 27th station to be universally accessible in Montreal.
However, the location of track devices, necessary for the reversal of trains, forced the closure of other stations that day, had indicated the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) on April 21.
The Acadie, Outremont, Édouard-Montpetit, Université-de-Montréal, Côte-des-Neiges and Snowdon stations could therefore not accommodate users and trains between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, a schedule that ultimately had to be extended for a few hours due to construction delays.
This new unexpected delay occurred less than a week after the announcement of the closure of a long segment on the green line due to cracks that appeared in the vault of the tunnel between the Saint-Laurent and Berri-UQAM stations.
The STM had finally announced the resumption of service on this segment the next day, at 5 a.m.