It's scheduled to reopen in the spring. 🚇
You may have noticed a lot of colourful STM signage up around the intersection of rue Berri and rue Sainte-Catherine, and ignored it. But if you're one of the many Montrealers who's used to entering the Berri-UQAM metro station via rue Sainte-Catherine, you're going to have to replan your route. As of the beginning of November, the main entrance at the corner of Place Émilie-Gamelin will be closed until next spring.
The STM announced the closure on Nov. 1, sharing that the station entrance is undergoing renovations that will prevent metro users from taking the long, winding underground tunnel to access the transit network.
\u201c[\ud83d\udfe2\ud83d\udfe0\ud83d\udfe1Berri-UQAM] \ud83d\ude87\ud83d\udea7\u26d4 Dans le cadre des travaux majeurs en cours \u00e0 la station, l\u2019\u00e9dicule Sainte-Catherine sera ferm\u00e9 jusqu'au printemps 2023. La station demeurera ouverte et les autres acc\u00e8s y sont accessibles.\u201d— Ligne Orange (@Ligne Orange) 1667304111
That means you can still get to the main downtown metro hub via the Maisonneuve entrances in and around UQAM, as well as behind Place Dupuis and via the building's food court.
It also means that Metro Pizza joint with delicious-smelling pies that permeate the whole station will still be serving up slices and make you hungry while waiting for a train.
When renovations are completed on Berri-UQAM, the station will have new elevators and an updated waterproofing system to protect from inclement weather. The building encasing the rue Sainte-Catherine entrance will also see an infrastructure upgrade.
So, mark your calendar for spring and don't needlessly rush outside in the cold to catch the metro — take an alternative entrance instead.
This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
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