Berri-UQAM (Montreal Metro)

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Berri-UQAM
Berri-UQAM OrangeLine.jpg
Station statistics
Address rue Berri / boul. de Maisonneuve
Ville-Marie, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°30′55″N 73°33′40″W / 45.51528°N 73.56111°W / 45.51528; -73.56111Coordinates: 45°30′55″N 73°33′40″W / 45.51528°N 73.56111°W / 45.51528; -73.56111
Connections
Depth 16.8 metres (55 feet 1 inch) (Green)
10.7 metres (35 feet 1 inch) (Orange)
27.4 metres (89 feet 11 inches) (Yellow), 2nd deepest
Other information
Opened 14 October 1966
Architect Longpré et Marchand
Gaétan Pelletier (kiosk built in 1999)
Operator Société de transport de Montréal
OPUS card vending machine and recharge
Traffic
Passengers () 13,131,841 entrances in 2011, 1st of 68 (excluding transfers)
Services
Preceding station   Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Angrignon
MtlMetro1.svg Green Line
toward Côte-Vertu
MtlMetro2.svg Orange Line
toward Montmorency
Terminus MtlMetro4.svg Yellow Line
toward Longueuil

Berri-UQAM is the central station of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is located in the Quartier Latin, in the borough of Ville-Marie, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] The station opened on October 14, 1966, as part of the original network of the metro. It is the busiest station in the network, transfers not included. If transfers were included, the 13 million passengers number would rise to about 35-40 million a year. The green and orange lines pass through Berri, and the yellow line terminates there.

Overview[edit]

Berri-UQAM Green Line platform
Berri-UQAM Yellow Line platform

Designed by Longpré and Marchand, the station serves three lines: the Green, Orange, and Yellow lines.

The main part of the station is a cruciform cut and cover volume built underneath the intersection of rue Berri and boul. de Maisonneuve; the volume is so large that the station's design had to include massive pillars to support the street.

This central volume contains three levels. The upper level contains the rectangular mezzanine at its centre, with fare barriers on all four sides; the arms extend out to the station's entrances, with two more entrances at the crossing, and are also lined with shops and services.

Staircases lead from the mezzanine to the landings on either side of the orange line. These landings provide views of the great volumes over the green line platforms below.

From the Green Line level, escalators and hallways connect the rest of the station to the Yellow Line terminus, built in tunnel a block away under rue Saint-Denis. Due to limited space in the tail tracks, trains reverse both in the tail tracks and in the foretracks leaving the station.

All three lines have side platforms. This station was the first to be equipped with the MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train.

In 2009, the station was made partially wheelchair-accessible through the addition of elevators. Two elevators now connect the orange line platform to the mezzanine. The other two lines are not yet accessible. The mezzanine can be accessed from the street via elevators in the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec and UQAM's Pavillon Judith-Jasmin; however, these buildings are not open throughout the metro's opening hours, however there is an elevator access directly in the Saint-Denis exit that opened in June 2010.

The station has 5 entrances:

1470, rue Saint-Denis
1500, rue Berri
1635, rue Berri
850, boul. de Maisonneuve est
505, rue Sainte-Catherine est

Architecture and art[edit]

The station has a total of four independent exits: three integrated into buildings (the Berri, Saint-Denis, and Place Dupuis exits) and one free-standing kiosk (the Sainte-Catherine exit). The station also contains several underground city connections, listed below.

The work of five artists is exhibited in this station. The largest work is a stained-glass mural by Pierre Gaboriau and Pierre Osterrath entitled Hommage aux fondateurs de la ville de Montréal (homage to the founders of the city of Montreal). A gift of the Union régionale de Montréal des caisses populaires Desjardins and installed in 1969, it depicts Jérôme le Royer de la Dauversière, Jeanne Mance, and Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve. It is located over the eastern portal of the Green Line tunnel.

Three paintings by Robert LaPalme are located over the main staircase leading to the Yellow Line terminus. Originally located at the entrance to Expo 67, they represent three themes of the Expo: science, recreation, and culture.

A plaque by LaPalme and Georges Lauda, commemorating the inauguration of the metro, is located at the centre of the mezzanine. It is enclosed in a black circular bench, a popular meeting site, referred to as la rondelle (the hockey puck) or la pilule (the pill) or "le banc des fous" (the crazy bench).

There is also a piece of work located in the new Sainte-Catherine entrance pavilion, by architect Gaétan Pelletier. The work is a statue of Mother Émilie Gamelin by Raoul Hunter, commemorating Place Émilie-Gamelin (also called Berri Square) in which the entrance is located. The statue is owned by the City of Montreal.

The most recent Art piece put in place inside the station would be the wall of Peace on concourse level of the yellow line. It consists of coloured metal plates bearing the word "peace" in multiple languages.

History[edit]

The Berri-UQAM station was the site of the Metro's inauguration on October 14, 1966.

On September 2, 2001, a canister of tear gas was set off inside Berri-UQAM, forcing the evacuation of the 300 passengers inside.

Origin of the name[edit]

Berri-UQAM is named for both Rue Berri, so called since 1663 and named after the Université du Québec à Montréal. (The University has taken to using UQAM as its abbreviation which it displays as UQÀM (with a grave accent over the a) as its logo; the metro station retains the UQAM form.)

The station was originally named Berri-de-Montigny; rue de Montigny is the former name of boulevard de Maisonneuve in this area.

Small stubs of de Montigny street still survive, in downtown between St-Laurent and St-Urbain and in the suburb Montréal-Est.

Renovations[edit]

From August 2010 until mid 2017 the station is currently undergoing a 90 million dollar renovation plan that will change the appearance of the station, secure the tunnels and roofs. Other work being done includes mechanical, structural and architectural improvements.[2]

The first phase of the work was done from August 2010 until the summer of 2011, included the removal of the gray tiles on all 3 platforms and station walls. Temporary walls were put up until the next phase.

The second phase began in January 2012 and will continue until June 2012. The work in this phase includes reinforcing walls, renovating mechanical, structural and architectural components and the removing of four red columns on the mezzanine level staircases. Once this work is completed, the temporary walls and finishes will be removed and replaced by new permanent architectural facings. The new design is yet to be announced.

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal
Route Service Times Map Schedule direction 1 Schedule direction 2 Remarks
Autobusmontréal.svg 15 Sainte-Catherine All-day Map Direction East Direction West
Autobusmontréal.svg 30 St-Denis/St-Hubert All-day Map Direction North Direction South
S-nuit.gif 358 Sainte-Catherine, Eastbound Overnight Map Direction East Not passing this station (Direction West)
S-nuit.gif 361 Saint-Denis Overnight Map Direction North Direction South
STM Metrobus Express.svg 427 Express Saint-Joseph Rush Hours, Mornings to Downtown and Afternoons from Downtown Map Direction East Direction West
Autobusmontréal.svg 715 Old Port/Old Montreal All-day before 10:00PM Map Direction West Terminating (Direction East)
Autobusmontréal.svg 747 Montreal-Trudeau/Downtown 24 Hours Daily-Year Round Map Direction West Terminating (Direction East) No single and unlimited-evening tickets accepted. Free WiFi on select buses.

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