McGill station becomes 26th accessible station in STM network

Posted: 10 April 2023 | | No comments yet

In addition to the new lift, McGill station has undergone a larger overhaul, including the renovation of building entrances, improvement of natural ventilation and the construction of a new entrance building.

McGill station becomes 26th accessible station in STM network

Credit: Société de transport de Montréal

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has announced that it has commissioned a new lift at McGill station, allowing customers with access to the Angrignon platform from the street. By combining this lift with the one connecting the mezzanine to the Honoré-Beaugrand platform, which had been commissioned in Autumn 2022, the station officially becomes the 26th station in the metro network to be universally accessible.

The newly accessible station will benefit not only customers with limited mobility but also older adults, families with young children and travellers looking to enjoy the attractions of downtown. It will also be a future accessible transfer point with the REM station currently under construction.

“The commissioning of the elevators at McGill station is of particular significance to the STM, as this is one of the busiest stations in the network,” said Éric Alan Caldwell, Chair of the STM Board of Directors. “The new elevators are bringing accessibility to one of the province’s biggest hubs of business, culture, tourism and education, and we at the STM see it as another way of contributing to the revival of downtown.”

The accessibility work, which first started in 2020, is part of a larger overhaul of the station. In addition to installing the two lifts, the project involved replacing the waterproofing system that covers the station’s underground roof, renovating three of the six existing entrance buildings, improving natural ventilation and constructing an entirely new entrance building.

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Located at 705 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West, the newly built entrance building houses the lift that connects the station to street level. It had been built as the existing entrance buildings were too narrow to accommodate this type of infrastructure.

The work has been completed within the $58.4 million budget and had been possible due to funding from the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable du Québec.

“This essential work is necessary to ensure the metro network’s longevity and helps provide our customers with a consistently reliable, comfortable and safe transit experience. Well maintained facilities are the foundation of quality public transit service,” said Caldwell.