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Montreal’s Underground Marvels: Discovering the Charm of 8 Metro Stations in the City

Explore the heartbeat of Montreal through its metro stations, where you can discover the rhythmic pulse of daily life as commuters navigate and travel through it. Each station tells a unique story, from iconic art installations to architectural marvels. Discover how each one of these metro stations connect the city’s rich history with modern urban life through this article.

1. Metro Stations in Montreal – 8 Stations To Visit!

1.1. Angrignon

The Angrignon Station is a metro station in Montreal, situated at 3500 Boulevard Des Trinitairies, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. STM – Société de Transport de Montréal mainly manages the station.

The station was established in 1978. Jean-Louis Beaulieu designed the fantastic architecture of the station. Ordre Des Architectes Du Québec honours an award to the architect Jean-Louis. The station has MétroVision information displays and screens everywhere. It shows information on commercials, news, and the train timetable.

The station is constructed with windows that close the side platforms and tracks. So, it generates an airy and light environment. The station’s name is kept after the name of Jean-Baptiste Arthur Angrignon. He was an alderman of the St. Paul’s district. Also, he was a member of Montreal’s executive committee.

He saw Parc Angrignon’s development. The land mainly belonged to the Crawford family. So, in 1927, this region was named after him. Under the same project, the glass windows were upgraded with water-tight glasses.

Further, a beautiful artifact was also included. On December 9, 2022, the task was accomplished. However, the improvement works made this the twenty-fourth accessible station.

Angrignon station🟢 , Le sud Ouest. Montreal,  Quebec, Metro

1.2. Monk

The Monk Station is a metro station in Montreal that also works under STM maintenance (Société de Transport de Montréal). It serves the Green Line. Meanwhile, this metro station lies in the district of Ville-Émard. However, the station was opened to the public on September 3, 1978.

Blais & Bélanger designed the entire architecture of the Monk metro station. It features various unique artworks. Pic et Pelle, a majestic sculptor designed by Germain Bergeron, is also included. The station is designed in such a way that it has balconies over it. So, you can see the railway tracks from above.

However, the balconies have been closed because of concerns about the safety of visually impaired persons. The Boulevard Monk gives the name to this station to honor the Monk family. But, it is not confirmed which family member is honored here. Possibilities include two renowned names, Sir James Monk and Frederick D. Monk.

The bus routes it connects are 350 Verdun/LaSalle, 36 Monk, and 78 Laurendeau. The architecture of the station is designed beautifully. However, many ideas for decorating it got canceled due to the safety of passengers.

MONTREAL STM MONK METRO STATION

1.3. Jolicoeur

Jolicoeur is a metro station of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system on the Green Line. It is situated at 6200 Drake Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Société de Transport de Montréal manages the execution of station. On September 3, 1978, the station was officially opened to the public.

However, it was included in the Green Line’s extension to Angrignon station. Claude Boucher is an architect who opened the structure of the station. Constructed in the shallow open-cut style, the station is a side platform station. In addition, its ticket hall is installed at the sizeable glass-walled entrance pavilion.

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe inspired the station’s design. It is designed in the International architectural style. Also, the fLudwstation’s design inspired the creation of the station. To make this metro station globally accessible, the improvement works were started in October 2019.

Firstly, the building at the entrance was expanded on both sides. Further, elevators for travelers were installed. In June 2022, Perspectives, a sculptor designed by Chloé Desjardins, was also kept on the station’s main floor. It was held in a way that would overlook the platforms. It was also part of the same project as 2019.

MONTREAL STM JOLICOEUR METRO STATION

1.4. Verdun

The Verdun Station is situated in Verdun, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Société de Transport de Montréal operates this station. It is a metro station that serves the Green Line. However, it was opened to the public on September 3, 1978. Also, it was part of Green Line’s extension to the Angrignon station.

MONTREAL STM VERDUN METRO STATION

Jean-Maurice Dubé designed this regular side platform station. The artwork, including the decorated concrete walls throughout the station, was created by Antoine D. Lamarche and Claude Théberge.

Meanwhile, the station is named after the city of Verdun, also rue de Verdun. The bus routes it connects are 107 Verdun and 350 Verdun/LaSalle.

St. Willibrord Hospitality Center, Régie Du Logement, and Verdun Borough Office are a few interesting points to visit. It also includes Centre Communautaire Marcel-Giroux.

1.5. LaSalle

LaSalle is a metro station located in Verdun, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Société de Transport de Montréal is in charge of operating this station. The metro station was officially opened on September 3, 1978. It was also part of the Green Line’s extension to the Angrignon station.

Didier, Gillon, and Larouche designed the station’s architecture. It is a regular side platform station. Also, it has access and a single-ticket hall. The walls of the platform and irregular and large concrete plains are colored with bright paints. Michéle Tremblay–Gillon designed these walls and tables.

Further, Peter Gnass, an architect, designed a mural made of stainless steel. It reflects the movements of the passengers and sunlight. This station is named after LaSalle Boulevard. He was an explorer named Robert Cavelier de La Salle (from 1643 to 1687). He found a town that was entitled to Lachine. Later, it was claimed as Louisiana for France.

Many names were proposed for the station, like Curé-Caisse and Paul-Grégoire. However, the Montreal Urban Community approved the recent title in 1984. The name has not changed since then due to some unknown reasons.

The bus routes it connects are 108 Bannantyne, 21 Place Du Commerce, 350 Verdun/LaSalle, and 61 Wellington. Further, it also includes 58 Wellington and 71 Du Centre. Moreover, Maison Saint Gabriel and Champlain Bridge are interesting points to watch.

MONTREAL STM LASALLE METRO STATION

1.6. Charlevoix

The Charlevoix is at 6200 Centre Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is a Montreal metro station operated under STM (Société de Transport de Montréal).

However, it resides in the district of Pointe-Saint-Charles. As a part of the Green Line’s extension to Angrignon station, it was started on September 3, 1978.

Ayotte et Bergeron was an architect who designed the structure of the station. Due to the weak Utica Shale, in which it was initially constructed, the frame was built as a slacked platform. Below the surface, the lower platform is 29.6 m in length. It makes the Charlevoix station the deepest station in the entire network.

However, the station consists of one access and one ticket hall. Perhaps the station is named after Pierre Francois Xavier De Charlevoix. He was an explorer of France and a French Jesuit historian. Born in 1682 and died in the year 1761.

The bus routes it connects are 107 Verdun, 57 Pointe-Saint-Charles, 101 Saint-Patrick, and 71 Du Centre. Maison Saint Gabriel, Centre Saint-Charles, and Parc Du Canal-de-Lachine are interesting points to watch. Moreover, Carrefour d’éducation publique, St. Columba House, and Clinique communautaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles are also included.

MONTREAL STM CHARLEVOIX METRO STATION

1.7. Lionel-Groulx

The Lionel-Groulx is a metro station situated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. STM – Société de Transport de Montréal operates and maintains this station. It is a cross-platform interchange that serves the Green Line and then transfers to the Orange Line. The station resides in the area of Saint-Henri.

This station is among the busiest metro stations in Montreal. Initially, it was opened to the public on September 3, 1978. It was also part of the Green Line extension to the Angrignon station. At that time, it served only the Green Line. However, the platforms of the Orange Line were also constructed at the same time.

Further, they were not in the service until the extension to the Place-Saint-Henri. It was started on April 28, 1980. After the Berri-UQAM’s opening, it was the 1st transfer station in the original network. It became the 1st accessible existing station with wheelchair elevators in 2009.

Architect Yves Roy designed the structure of the station. It is comprised of two artworks. These artworks include a pair of stainless steel mural sculptures. These are made by the architect itself over the mezzanine. Another one is inside the mezzanine and is entitled The Tree of Life. Joseph Rifesser made it. He was an Italian artist.

Lionel Groulx was a notable and influential historian of Quebec. He founded the Franco-American History Institute in 1946. Also, from 1947 to the year 1967, d’histoire de l’Amérique française, the Revue was edited by him. The station’s name is named after him as a way of remembrance.

Lionel Groulx Metro (Montreal)

1.8. Atwater

The Atwater is one of the Green Line metro stations in Montreal. It resides at Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was part of Metro’s original network.

Before 1978, at the time of the extension to the Angrignon, it was the Green Line’s western terminus. The architecture is defined as the regular side platform station, designed by David, Boulva, and Cleve.

It was constructed under De Maisonneuve Boulevard in an open-cut style. Dawson College, Place Alexis Nihon, and Westmount Square are part of its underground city connections.

For the redevelopment, the exit connection to the Dawson was closed in August 2016. The entrance named Cabot Square was also closed for renovations in January 2017.

It was also for prohibiting violent gangs and drug use. As for making the station universally accessible, the work was under construction in 2020.

For 2023, the second phase of the project is due. The MetroVision screens are equipped everywhere at the station. It displays commercials, news, and the timetable of the next train.

However, the station is named after Atwater Avenue Street. Further, the street was named after Edwin Atwater (1808 to 1874) in 1871. He was the Saint-Antoine district’s municipal alderman. Moreover, it has two entrances, the 2322 Rue Ste Catherine and 3015 Boulevard De Maisonneuve.

Downtown Montreal Atwater Metro Station and Alexis Nihon Complex

Final Verdict

The Montreal Metro is one of the most extensive metro systems in Canada. However, the total number of metro stations in Montreal is 68. These stations serve on four different lines. Four lines include Green, Orange, Yellow, and Blue Lines.

The Green Line is 22.1 kilometers long and comprises 27 stations. Further, the Orange Line shall consist of 31 stations and is about 24.8 kilometers long. The Yellow Line is 4.25 kilometers long, and three stations serve this line.

Moreover, the Blue Line consists of 12 stations and is 9.7 kilometers long. Also, few of the stations can merge between two lines. You must travel through the Montreal Metro when you are in the city.

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