Nearly a third of dispensers of hand sanitizer installed in the Montreal metro are useless and are slow to be repaired.
The team of the 24 Hours has come the 68 metro stations on Monday and scored 55 distributors unusable on a total of 184, because they were ripped off, vandalized, or wore tights “out of service”. This is without counting the six that were empty.
In 10 stations, Lionel-Groulx Côte-des-Neiges and Jarry, no distributor was functional.
Stations in the city centre were generally more affected by these breaks, but are in return more distributors. Of the 43 hydrants located between stations Berri-UQAM and Lionel-Groulx on the green line, 21 were out of service, which is almost half.
By way of comparison, on the orange line, the station Jarry up to Montmorency in Laval, only four terminals were broken on the 21.
Overall, the blue line is the one where the proportion of distributors broken is the higher : 35% of the terminals were not operational on this line Monday.
Repairs, which are taking
At the beginning of June, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) reported that 36 of his distributors were out of service, and ensured that they would all be repaired.
According to our observations, some terminals have remained unusable for several weeks.
“We will proceed to repair or replacement [of the terminals] as and to the extent that problems are recognized by our employees or referred by clients,” maintains the spokesperson of the carrier, Philippe Déry.
The latter states that the costs related to replacements or repairs will vary depending on the work to be performed. The parts of the more expensive can amount to more than$ 100 per unit.
The installation, filling and repair of vending machines are carried out by the teams of the STM, which results in no additional cost.
The purchase of 224 distributors on foot and 8500 gallons of disinfectant has been assessed at a little more than 566 000 $ with taxes and financed by the City of Montreal.
Through the use of broadcast messages across its network, the STM invites its users to disinfect their hands with the help of retailers in its stations.
The implementation of these is an additional precautionary measure to counteract the spread of the COVID-19, recalls the STM.
Other measures have been implemented to prevent transmission of the virus, such as a clean increased of the vehicles and the recommendation of wearing a mask. It will also be mandatory in public transport from July 13, and the access to the metro and buses will be prohibited to those who do not wear from the 27 July.
-With Guillaume Cyr and Beatrice Roy-Brunet, 24-hour
These stations had no distributor of disinfectant functional during our visit on Monday.
The worst station
It is up to the Berri-UQAM station had the largest number of terminals broken : seven of them were unusable, a total of 11. The station Peel would arrive in the second position, with four terminals broken on sept.
The blue line hit the hardest
Here is the proportion of hand sanitizer dispensers that were broken or vandalized on each line Monday.
- Blue line : 35%
- Orange line : 30%
- Green line : 29%
- Yellow line : 17%