Bonaventure (Montreal Metro)
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|Location||955, rue de la Cathédrale, Montreal
|Operated by||Société de transport de Montréal|
|Depth||22.6 metres (74 feet 2 inches), 11th deepest|
|Opened||13 February 1967|
|Passengers||7,928,139 entrances in 2011, 4th of 68|
Bonaventure is a station on the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is located in the borough of Ville-Marie in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
It opened on February 13, 1967, four months after most of the initial network. It served as the western terminus of the Orange Line for 14 years until the extension to Place-Saint-Henri was opened in 1981.
Designed by Victor Prus, the station is a normal side platform station, built by cut-and-cover in order to provide a large space for the heavily trafficked mezzanine. As a key part of the underground city, the mezzanine has ticket barriers on either side, in order to allow pedestrians to pass from one end of the station to the other. Bridges over the tracks below the mezzanine level allow passengers to cross from one platform to the other.
Until 1992, the station had only one outdoor entrance, in front of Windsor Station; two additional accesses led directly to Place Bonaventure and Gare Centrale (Central Station) on one end, and the Château Champlain and Place du Canada on the other. When 1000 de La Gauchetière was built directly above the station, additional accesses were added to the office tower and the Downtown Terminus (metropolitan bus terminal for Réseau de transport de Longueuil and South Shore buses) within it, as well as a street entrance on the western side of the building on Cathédrale Street and improved access to Central Station and Place Bonaventure.
The station is intermodal with the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT)'s commuter train lines, through its underground access to Central Station, the terminus for Deux-Montagnes, Mascouche and Mont-Saint-Hilaire lines. There is also underground access to the Lucien-L'Allier train station as well as the Lucien-L'Allier Metro station.
Elevators were added between the mezzanine and the platforms in November 2009, making the station more accessible to people with reduced mobility. However, there is currently no step-free access to the surface, nor do the elevators allow passengers to change platforms without exiting the ticket barriers. An existing elevator connecting the station to Place du Canada and the Château Champlain, formerly the only elevator in the system, is separated from the mezzanine level by steps. An elevator link between the station and the AMT bus terminus and thence to the surface is planned.
The station is equipped with the MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train.
Origin of the name
This station is named for Place Bonaventure, a major commercial complex containing businesses, the Hôtel Bonaventure (formerly a Hilton Hotel), and the Société de transport de Montréal's headquarters. This was named for Bonaventure Station, a former station on the Grand Trunk Railway, which in turn was named for its location on Saint Bonaventure Street, now Saint Jacques Street. All derive their name from St. Bonaventure, a 13th-century Italian philosopher and mystic.
Connecting bus routes
|Société de transport de Montréal|
|36 Monk||All-day, Located on Saint-Antoine||Map||Schedule|
|61 Wellington||All-day, Weekends before 10:00PM, Located on University and De la Gauchetière||Map||Schedule|
|74 Bridge||Rush Hours||Map||Schedule|
|75 de la Commune||Rush Hours||Map||Schedule|
|107 Verdun||All-day, Located on Peel||Map||Schedule|
|150 René-Lévesque||All-day before 7:00PM, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|168 du Havre||All-day, Located on University||Map||Schedule|
|178 Pointe-Nord/Île-des-Sœurs||Weekdays before 7:00PM, Located on University and De la Gauchetière||Map||Schedule|
|350 Verdun/LaSalle||Overnight, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|355 Pie-IX||Overnight, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|358 Sainte-Catherine, Westbound||Overnight, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|364 Sherbrooke/Joseph-Renaud||Overnight, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|410 Express Notre-Dame||Rush Hours, Mornings towards Downtown and Afternoons from Downtown, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Eastbound||Weekdays before 8:00PM, Mornings towards Downtown and Afternoons from Downtown, Located on Saint-Antoine and Peel or University and De la Gauchetière||Map||Schedule|
|430 Express Pointe-aux-Trembles||Weekdays before 7:00PM, Mornings towards Downtown and Afternoons from Downtown, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|435 Express Du Parc/Côte-des-Neiges||Rush Hours, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|715 Old Port/Old Montreal||All-day before 11:00PM, Located on Peel||Map||Schedule|
|747 Express Bus||24 Hours Daily-Year Round, Located on René-Lévesque||Map||Schedule|
|Other connecting bus routes|
Nearby points of interest
Connected via the underground city
- Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
- The Montreal Planetarium, now closed for relocation
- Sun Life Building
- Centre Sheraton
- Tour CIBC
- Place du Canada
- Dorchester Square
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