Montreal's public transit authority is gearing up to begin major repairs to the Berri-UQAM Metro station's green line platform, which the Société de Transports (STM) says will take six months to complete and will affect metro users.
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CBC Montreal reporter Sarah Leavitt joined other journalists at the Berri-UQAM station for a media tour of the continuing work.
The STM says work will be ongoing for six months and will affect users.— @sarahleavittcbc
The Berri-UQAM station is the busiest in the Montreal Metro system with 12.9 million users per year.
The STM is getting set to do major renovation work at Berri station. Among the work: making movement more fluid. pic.twitter.com/Uk9brO6WAR— @sarahleavittcbc
The STM says the work underway at the Berri-UQAM station will enter an important phase next week when the escalators on the green line's Angrignon platform will be reconfigured.
One of the reasons for the renovations: water infiltration. Water is leaking from Angrignon platform ceiling now. pic.twitter.com/2p2aL4OUqV— @sarahleavittcbc
Work at the Berri-UQAM Metro station began in 2010 and is expected ot be completed in 2017.
All over Berri platforms, temporary walls and scaffolding has been set up during the work. pic.twitter.com/nDhKFLeNu3— @sarahleavittcbc
Work has already begun to make lighting better within the metro stations. pic.twitter.com/CuF34gznQI— @sarahleavittcbc
Passersby also caught a glimpse of the new AZUR train as it went by for a test drive.
The Azur train does tests as we tour the Berri station. Very slick looking. pic.twitter.com/ajHzq9XvWg— @sarahleavittcbc
The STM estimates the cost of seven-year project at $87 million.
STM uses example of yellow line platform renovations as how to do work without completely shutting access. pic.twitter.com/Kg566Bfdax— @sarahleavittcbc
Example of renovations to yellow line area of Berri. Wall to far right has yet to be covered for aesthetic purposes pic.twitter.com/irtYndLQW2— @sarahleavittcbc