Montreal

'Vendôme For All' group decries inaccessible Metro station next to MUHC

A small group of protesters gathered outside the office of the premier on Monday morning, asking for universal access to the Metro station near the MUHC superhospital.

Vendôme Metro currently inaccessible to people with mobility issues

Protesters outside the premier's office demand a second, universally-accessible entrance to the Vendôme Metro station. (Jennifer Choi/CBC)

A small group of protesters gathered outside the office of the premier on Monday morning, asking for universal access to the Metro station near the MUHC superhospital.

RIght now, Vendôme Metro only has one entrance, and it's not accessible for people with mobility issues.

The protesters, who represented at least nine organizations, dropped off a petition with more than 2,000 signatures, asking the province to commit to planning to build a second, accessible entrance at Vendôme.

The petition demands that a timetable for the construction of a second entrance to the Vendôme Metro station be provided quickly.

"Without a second entrance, it will be an obstacle course,” said Marie-Josee Dupuis, spokeswoman for the Montreal Seniors Steering Committee. "You have to climb many steep steps followed by a long walk outside."

She said the province is skirting committing to building a permanent solution. Right now, the Metro is being updated, but there's no plan to build a new entrance, despite plans to open the new superhospital next to the station in April.

The STM declined a request to be interviewed.

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