New upgrades for Montreal West – Montreal station

Work has begun to make crossing the tracks for pedestrians at Montreal West Station a little easier and safer.

A tunnel, which currently runs under part of the tracks connecting two of the station’s three platforms, will be extended to the full route, connecting Broughton Road on the south side with Sherbrooke Street on the north side.

Officials hope the new tunnel will divert foot traffic away from the two busy level crossings at the station.

“Oh, I’m very happy,” Montreal West Mayor Beny Masella told Global News.

Masella hopes that the new tunnel will fundamentally change safety.

“When you get to the railroad crossing, there is no sidewalk. It’s people, trains and cars in one area. Same on both sides. That way it’s mitigated a little bit,” he said.

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The Montreal West train station is one of the busiest commuter stops in Montreal.

Three sets of tracks will be used, carrying thousands of passengers daily on three different lines of the exo-commuter network.

More than 100 trains pass through the station every day, meeting pedestrians and vehicles at the two level crossings on Westminster Avenue and Elmhurst Avenue.

Exo has hired two police officers at both level crossings to keep people safe.

The new tunnel is seen as the first step in improving public safety.

“It’s a step we’re taking to improve security around the Montreal West train station and yes, we’re excited to start this work,” Catherine Maurice, an Exo spokeswoman, told Global News.

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Ultimately, Masella wants a permanent rail tunnel built under the two level crossings so they can be closed, but he says the cost is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.

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According to Maurice, exo is aware of the interest in removing the level crossings and is considering all options.

“Everything is on the table and we are still discussing with all our partners what we can do to improve safety,” he said.

The Sherbrooke Street pedestrian tunnel extension and glass entrance is expected to cost nearly $30 million and is expected to be completed and open to the public by the end of 2023.

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