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 Monday morning.
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 service.
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 media.
« 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 Schnobb.
« 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
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