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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Elevators coming into operation at several Montreal stations

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The Société de transport de Montréal said the elevator located in the St-Denis entrance to Berri-UQAM station would be open to the public from the time the métro opens on the morning of Friday, April 16. This completes the second phase of the elevator installation work at Berri-UQAM station, bringing the number of operational elevators in that station to three, making access to the Orange line, in either direction, easier for all public transit users.

This is part of the work undertaken in 2008 to equip five stations on the Orange line with elevators, namely Lionel-Groulx, Bonaventure, Berri-UQAM, Henri-Bourassa and Côte-Vertu. The elevators in Henri-Bourassa station will begin service April 26, while those in Côte-Vertu station will become operational by the end of this year, bringing the number of accessible stations on the Orange line to eight.

The ministère des Transports du Québec worked with the STM and representatives of the disabled community to determine which five stations would be the first to have elevators installed. As part of the Réno- Systèmes Programme, the work was made possible thanks to the MTQ, which funded 75 percent of admissible expenditures.

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