MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société de transport de
Montréal (STM) will undertake work in 2014 to repair the concrete on
the vaulted ceiling of the Yellow line tunnel, requiring a full service
shutdown over 25 weekends in spring and fall. Mitigating measures are
being planned to make transportation as easy as possible for customers.
The project centres on repairing the concrete on sections of the vaulted
ceiling where water has seeped in over the years, channelling the water
away from it and carrying out related electrical work.
In addition to work done at night starting in January that will have no
impact on transit users, the STM will also be performing work over 25
weekends, split into two phases, from March to May, and from September
to December. This will require the complete shutdown of métro service
on the Yellow line, from closing time Friday night to opening time
To offset the weekend service shutdowns on the Yellow line, the STM will
establish a shuttle service along three routes:
- Longueuil - Papineau - Berri-UQAM;
- Longueuil - parc Jean-Drapeau;
- Berri-UQAM - Papineau - parc Jean-Drapeau (Casino).
With 4- to 10-minute intervals between buses, the shuttle will provide
customers who usually take the métro on weekends (11,600 entries on
Saturday and 7,800 entries on Sunday) with an adequate level of
To assist transit users and keep them posted about the mitigating
measures being implemented, the STM will launch a major communication
campaign in February. Based on an outreach strategy, it will feature
the strong presence of staff and dedicated signage inside stations, as
well as ads in local newspapers. The STM will also rely on a mass
communication strategy focused on electronic media, including social
« The project's success will depend largely on the quality of the
mitigating measures that will be deployed and of the information to
customers. As such, no effort will be spared to provide an efficient
transportation service, despite the inconveniences created by the
repair work, » explained the STM's new board chairman, Philippe
« Part of a comprehensive maintenance program, these repairs are needed
to keep our infrastructure in good working condition and ensure the
reliability of our network. Although the safety of transit users is not
at all at issue, if we want to act responsibly, we must carry out this
work in 2014, » added Carl Desrosiers, STM chief executive officer.
Repair work on the métro's Yellow line is part of the STM's
Réno-Infrastructures program and, as such, 75% of the project's $10 M
cost will be financed by Transports Québec.
A press conference will be held on Thursday December 5th at 10:00.
SOURCE: Société de transport de Montréal