The new fully accessible entrance to the Mont-Royal metro station is finally open (PHOTOS)
A new elevator hums and wider turnstiles click on the newly renovated Mont-Royal metro station, now accessible to all. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) on Tuesday unveiled a streamlined layout that takes metro riders from the station’s new sunny entrance to the Orange Line platforms in either direction via a three-story elevator or stairway.
The $50 million project made the interior of the station three times larger than before with a less narrow route to and from the platforms.
The new entrance to the station also benefits from a completely new façade made up of windows that let natural light into the interior.
People descend and ascend the station’s new sunny staircase that connects the entrance to the first platform.@hoa.cha | instagram
“The STM teams completely demolished the entrance building without ever closing the station. We must recognize their ingenuity. said Chairman of the STM Board of Directors Eric Alan Caldwell.
While construction work continues around the station and over the old pedestrian bridge that was once the only way to access the platforms, the station is now officially the 20th accessible station, out of 68 in total, on the map of the STM.
“From now on, everyone will have easier access to the neighborhood, to Mont-Royal Avenue and to the area’s unique commercial and cultural offer. Our administration and the STM have a strong desire to remove barriers for people with reduced mobility and to provide a more inclusive city and spaces for Montrealers,” said Laurence Parent, De Lorimier district councilor and vice -Chair of the STM Board of Directors.
A new elevator between the station’s front and rear entrances takes people directly to the two Orange Line platforms.@hoa.cha | instagram
When completed this fall, the expansion will include two elevators, a green roof and artwork.
The station’s green roof has several benefits, including reducing heat islands in the city, purifying the air and promoting biodiversity.
Meanwhile, the artwork planned for the station, titled I come back home by the artist Simon Bilodeau, will form a mosaic with three walls reaching more than four meters in height. The design will reference the architecture and history of the station.
The next station that the network intends to make fully accessible is Place-des-Arts.
11 Montreal metro stations are currently under construction to achieve universal accessibility: Place-des-Arts, Angrignon, Berri-UQAM, Édouard-Montpetit, D’Iberville, Jolicoeur, McGill, Outremont, Pie-lX, Place Saint- Henri and Villa-Marie.
By 2025, the STM aims to have 30 universally accessible métro stations.