The entire Côte-Vertu metro station is going to be shut down this weekend.
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 for two full weekends, this being the first.
As previously reported, the second-weekend closure will occur next month, from April 13 to 14.
- The STM ranked 3rd best public transit system in Canada
- Check out the differences between the Turcot Interchange between 2004 and now (PHOTOS)
- A new bike and scooter sharing service is coming to Montreal this summer
- STM adds service on 2 Metro lines to reduce passenger wait time
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 would have to close again for an additional weekend, on April 6 and 7, according to the STM.
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.
[Station Côte-Vertu] 🚇🚧🔨 Rappel – Cette fin de semaine, 30 et 31 mars, la station Côte-Vertu sera fermée dans le cadre des travaux au garage souterrain pour le métro. Un service de navette sera offert entre les stations Du Collège et Côte-Vertu : https://t.co/SygdZBK6iy pic.twitter.com/beFWHXZqug
— Ligne Orange (@stm_Orange) March 28, 2019
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.