If you rely on Montreal's STM green line to get around the city or as part of your daily commute to work, then you're going to want to stick around and take note of the upcoming construction that will impact McGill and Place-des-Arts stations for the foreseeable future. For Place-des-Arts, we're moving into a new phase of work that began about this time last year and should be done next year. For McGill station, however, new work is breaking ground this month and won't be done until 2022.

The work at both McGill and Place-des-Arts will complicate access to the metro and disrupt bus service as well as local traffic. 

Yes, it's looking like boulevard de Maisonneuve is going to be a bit of a write-off in terms of vehicular traffic for some time. So if you do drive downtown frequently, you might want to take a look at these detours.

There are also specific entrances that are impacted by the construction, which could have your morning metro commute a little turned around. 

The work at McGill station will close Maisonneuve between McGill College and Union, as well as a section of Robert-Bourassa between du Président-Kennedy and Sainte-Catherine.

The detour requires that drivers dip south of Maisonneuve on either de Bleury or Union before the construction zone and continue west on René-Lévesque before heading back up on Mansfield.

Cars are also being detoured to avoid the work on Robert-Bourassa by way of rue Mansfield.

Stations for the following bus lines will be moved:

  • 15 Sainte-Catherine

  • 35 Griffintown

  • 61 Wellington

  • 125 Ontario

  • 168 Cité-du-Havre

  • 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

A map of the construction zone at McGill and the proposed detours can be found here. The current plan is to have Maisonneuve closed off from now until December 2020, re-opened for two months and then closed again in March of 2021 to continue the work required to finish the project.

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Metro riders who use McGill station will notice one closed entrance on Maisonneuve.

"In early April," the STM website explains, "the west side of the station will be completely closed off" as "the turnstiles on the west side of the station" are "completely redesigned to facilitate passenger movements during the work."

At Place-des-Arts, work continues to equip the station with elevators. The STM decided to piggy-back on work being done by a private developer at the de Bleury entrance in an effort to profit off already-made closures and maximize work in the area.

As a result of the work, several bus stops adjacent to the station have been cancelled and the bike path will be rerouted along Président-Kennedy. 

The construction, which will last until May 2020, will also have cars following a detour away from Maisonneuve between de Bleury and Balmoral.

While disruptive, the renovations are going to make these two stations more accessible for people who need elevators to get around the metro, a goal the STM is committed to achieving with updates to at least 41 stations over the next five years.

For full details about the work being done at Place-des-Arts station, head to the STM website here.

For details about the work being done at McGill station, follow the link to the STM website here.

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