Snowdon (Montreal Metro)

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Snowdon
Snowdon Montreal Metro 4181762559.jpg
Station statistics
Address 5111, Queen Mary Road, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°29′08″N 73°37′41″W / 45.48556°N 73.62806°W / 45.48556; -73.62806Coordinates: 45°29′08″N 73°37′41″W / 45.48556°N 73.62806°W / 45.48556; -73.62806
Connections
Depth 19.5 metres (64 feet) (upper platform)
24.6 metres (80 feet 9 inches) (lower platform), 6th deepest
Other information
Opened 7 September 1981 (Orange Line)
4 January 1988 (Blue Line)
Architect Jean-Louis Beaulieu
Operator Société de transport de Montréal
OPUS card vending machine and recharge
Traffic
Passengers () 3,163,288 entrances in 2006, 29th of 68
(excluding transfers)
Services
Preceding station   Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Côte-Vertu
Orange Line
toward Montmorency
Terminus Blue Line
toward Saint-Michel

Snowdon is a station on the Montreal Metro rapid transit system, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is located in the Snowdon neighbourhood of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] It is a transfer station between the Orange Line and Blue Line, and is the western terminus of the Blue Line.

The station opened on September 7, 1981 with service on the Orange Line only, though the Blue Line platforms were built at the same time. At the time it was the western terminus of the Orange Line, taking over from Place-Saint-Henri; it is thus the only station to have been the terminus of two different lines. Service on the Blue Line began on January 4, 1988.

Overview[edit]

The station was constructed as an anti-directional cross-platform interchange, with three lateral tunnels containing two stories each, joined by four cross-tunnels; both lines therefore have stacked platforms. This layout was intended to allow rapid transfer between a future extension into Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and service to downtown; this service never opened, and the station's layout means that most people who transfer between the Blue and Orange Lines must go down stairs.

The station's central access tunnel is connected at its western end to the station's single entrance, which is integrated into an STM control centre and contains a small sunken garden.

Blue Line platform

Architecture and art[edit]

A portion of the "Winter" mural on the platform

The station was designed by Jean-Louis Beaulieu, who also provided sculptural grilles for the station's main staircase and the rear of the control building. The station's main artwork, a group of four murals by Claude Guité running the full length of the platform and entitled Les quatre saisons (the four seasons). The murals are painted on 500 panels of asbestos cement stretching the entire length of the platforms, they portray semi-abstract scenes of the foliage and weather associated with each of the four seasons. The seasons go in order, counterclockwise around the platforms, with winter on the Côte-Vertu platform, spring on Montmorency, summer on the Saint-Michel departure platform, and autumn on the Snowdon arrival platform.

Soon after the station opened the murals were victims of graffiti that badly damaged the artwork. Attempts of removing the graffiti destroyed large sections of the paintings. In 2004 the murals were all removed for a restoration plan by the STM to have the artist repaint the murals and slowly have them reinstalled in the station. As of June 2010 all the murals have been repainted, and are partially reinstalled on all four platforms of the station with a protective sheet of glass to prevent any future vandalism.

Starting October 2013 works were initiated on both levels of the station to build two interconnecting elevators for passengers with reduced mobility. Another, third elevator, is also being constructed connecting the upper level with the surface entrance. The only vestibule of the station is also under reconstruction.[2] Once built, the surface elevator will feature the longest shaft in Montreal Metro, with the pit depth of about 25 meters. Works are expected to conclude by January 2016.[citation needed]

Origin of the name[edit]

This station is named for the Snowdon neighbourhood. This area took its name from Snowdon Street, which in turn took its name from the owner of the farm on which it was built. The underground station platforms, located under Avenue Dornal, are approximately four blocks -- about 250 m -- east of the site of Snowdon Junction, a major transfer point during the streetcar era.

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal
Route Service Times Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 17 Décarie All-day, Located a few bocks west on Décarie Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 51 Boulevard Édouard-Montpetit All-day Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 166 Queen Mary All-day Map Schedule
S-nuit.gif 371 Décarie Overnight, Located a few bocks west on Décarie Map Schedule

Nearby points of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snowdon Metro Station
  2. ^ "Snowdon - October 2013 to January 2016". STM. August 2014. Retrieved October 2014. We have begun construction work on the elevator shafts that, once completed, will link the mezzanine on the upper level and the passenger platforms on the lower level 

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