The entire Côte-Vertu metro station is going to close for two weekends, the first of which coming at the end of the month.
As part of the construction work on the underground garage, the STM has announced that the first station on the western terminus of the Orange Line will be closed all weekend from March 30 and 31 and April 13 and 14.
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The construction work is to replace electrical cabling between the Orange Line station as well as additional work on the tracks themselves.
If the work is more complex than expected, the station will have to be closed for an additional weekend, on April 6 and 7.
The Du Collège station will become the temporary terminus for the Orange Line during the closures and a shuttle bus service will be set up between Côte-Vertu and Du Collège.
In addition, the 64 Grenet and 470 Express Pierrefonds bus lines will take riders directly to Du Collège station.
“Closing a metro station is always the last option we consider, reads the STM statement. However, for safety reasons and because the station’s power will be cut off, we are unable to operate the station during the workweek. To minimize the impact on customers, we decided to close the station completely on the weekend because ridership is considerably lower than during the week.”
This new infrastructure will increase passenger capacity, add parking space for idle trains and support the expected growth in ridership in the future.
Another major closure is planned for 2020, as per the STM. A track switch will be added ahead of the Côte-Vertu station to easily direct trains straight to the departure platform as well as “major refurbishment.”
The 2020 construction will allow the STM to put trains into service faster.