The entire Côte-Vertu metro station is going to be closed this weekend.
As part of 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, April 13 and 14.
Côte-Vertu was entirely shut down during the weekend of March 30 and 31 for the same underground work.
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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.
[Station Côte-Vertu] 🚇⛔⚠️ La fin de semaine prochaine, les 13 et 14 avril, 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/IDte2lWMTr pic.twitter.com/AgASqGkkdn
— STM (@stminfo) April 10, 2019
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’s initial 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.