Nothing can stop the STM. Despite current circumstances, the transit company is pushing forward with its major initiatives, including the Montreal blue line extension. Plans posted to the project website show the planned locations of the new station entrances along the almost six-kilometre route.
"Despite the current situation, our projects continue to move forward!" the STM wrote in a LinkedIn post on Wednesday.
"Since the extension of the blue line is not yet under construction, the mandatory pause in construction has no real impact on this project. Our teams are continuing the design phase of the new infrastructures in teleworking."
The five-station extension will connect the current terminus in Saint-Michel to the Galeries d'Anjou mall in the borough of Anjou, near the intersection of autoroutes 25 and 40 in the East End.
The new infrastructure will be universally accessible and integrate with the bus network.
A subterranean tunnel will connect to the future bus rapid transit line on boulevard Pie-IX and a new bus terminus will be adjacent to the metro station at Anjou.
The plans also show multiple street entrances for each of the stations.
All station names are provisional. The STM website states that names will be chosen through a process that will be defined at a later date.
The company has further committed to sustainable development, including "mitigation of construction impacts on the community and the environment," a "reduction of impacts associated with the materials used," the "remediation of contaminated land," the "reduction of operational impacts," and "improvement of plant cover."
The STM has just concluded its public consultations for the project.