Green Line (Montreal Metro)

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Green Line / Ligne Verte
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A Green Line train arrives at Place-des-Arts station.
Type Rapid transit
System Montreal Metro
Locale Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Termini Angrignon (south)
Honoré-Beaugrand (north)
Stations 27
Opened October 14, 1966
Operator(s) Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
Depot(s) Angrignon, Beaugrand (for MR-63 cars)
Centre d'attachement Duvernay (connected to line 2), Centre d'attachement Viau (for maintenance of way equipment)
Rolling stock Canadian Vickers MR-63 cars (gradually being replaced by MR-73 cars)
Line length 22.1 km (13.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification "Third rail", 750 V DC on the guide bars at either side of the track
Operating speed 40 km/h (25 mph)
Route map
Beaugrand Garage
Viau sidings
connection to
Orange and Yellow lines
formerly Berri-de Montigny
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formerly Guy
original tunnel end
Orange Line
to Côte-Vertu
connection to
Orange Line
Duvernay sidings
De L'Église
Angrignon Garage

The Green Line (French: Ligne verte), also known as Line 1, is one of the four lines of the Montreal Metro in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The line runs through the commercial section of downtown Montreal underneath Boulevard de Maisonneuve, formerly Rue de Montigny. It runs mainly on a northeast to southwest axis with a connection to the Orange and Yellow Lines at Berri-UQAM, and with the Orange Line west of downtown at Lionel-Groulx.

The section between Atwater and Frontenac was part of the initial network; the line was extended to Honoré-Beaugrand in 1976 to provide easy access to 1976 Summer Olympics sites. It was extended to Angrignon in 1978. All but one station, Lionel-Groulx, are side platform stations, and a few have large video screens showing news, weather, advertisements, and the time until the next train arrives.


The first stations, found on the section between Atwater and Papineau, opened on October 14, 1966. Several smaller sections were delayed by several months. On December 19, 1966, the line was further extended from Papineau to Frontenac, and two days later came the stopover Beaudry between Berri-UQAM and Papineau. On December 20, 1967, Frédéric Back completed his art piece L'histoire de la musique à Montréal (The history of music in Montreal) in Place-des-Arts station. This commissioned piece was the first artwork completed in the Metro system.[1]

The construction of the second phase began in 1971, when Montreal was awarded the bid to host the 1976 Summer Olympics. The goal was to have the ability to transport visitors from downtown to the Olympic Park in the east end. The opening of the section between Frontenac and Honoré-Beaugrand took place on June 6, 1976,[1] six weeks before the start of the Summer Olympics. Green Line trains inaugurated an autopilot feature on November 8, 1976.[1]

The third expansion phase, between Atwater and Angrignon, came into operation on September 3, 1978.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

The Green Line is served primarily by MR-63 cars, although in recent years MR-73 cars have begun appearing on the Green Line in anticipation of the introduction of the MPM-10 stock in 2016 and the withdrawal of the MR-63 stock by 2018.

List of stations[edit]

Station Inauguration date Odonym Namesake
Angrignon September 3, 1978 Angrignon Boulevard; Angrignon Park Jean-Baptiste Angrignon, city councillor
Monk September 3, 1978 Monk Boulevard James Monk, Attorney-General of Quebec
Jolicoeur September 3, 1978 Jolicœur Street Joseph-Moïse Jolicœur, parish priest
Verdun September 3, 1978 De Verdun Street; borough of Verdun Notre-Dame-de-Saverdun, France, hometown of Seigneur Zacharie Dupuis
De l'Église September 3, 1978 De l'Église Avenue Église Saint-Paul
LaSalle September 3, 1978 LaSalle Boulevard Robert Cavelier de La Salle, French explorer
Charlevoix September 3, 1978 Charlevoix Street Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian and explorer

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September 3, 1978 (Green Line)

April 28, 1980 (Orange Line)

Lionel-Groulx Avenue Lionel Groulx, Quebec historian
Atwater October 14, 1966 Atwater Avenue Edwin Atwater, city councillor
Guy-Concordia October 14, 1966 Guy Street;

Concordia University

Étienne Guy, landowner;

Concordia salus (Prosperity Through Concord), motto of Montreal

Peel October 14, 1966 Rue Peel Sir Robert Peel, 28th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
McGill October 14, 1966 McGill College Avenue; McGill University

Université McGill

James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman
Place-des-Arts October 14, 1966 Place des Arts Cultural complex
Saint-Laurent October 14, 1966 Saint Laurent Boulevard Saint Lawrence or Saint Lawrence River

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October 14, 1966 (Green Line and Orange Line)

April 1, 1967 (Yellow Line)

Berri Street;

Université du Québec à Montréal; De Montigny Street

Name given by Migeon de Branssat in 1669; named for Simon Després dit Le Berry;

Testard de Montigny family

Beaudry December 21, 1966 Beaudry Street Pierre Beaudry, landowner
Papineau October 14, 1966 Papineau Avenue Joseph Papineau, Quebec politician (father of Louis-Joseph Papineau)
Frontenac December 19, 1966 Frontenac Street Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor-General of New France
Préfontaine June 6, 1976 Préfontaine Street

Raymond-Préfontaine Park

Raymond-Fournier Préfontaine, mayor of Montreal
Joliette June 6, 1976 Joliette Street Barthélemy Joliette, founder of Joliette, Quebec
Pie-IX June 6, 1976 Pie-IX Boulevard Pope Pius IX
Viau June 6, 1976 Viau Street Charles-Théodore Viau, Quebec cookie magnate and parish volunteer
Assomption June 6, 1976 De l'Assomption Boulevard Named to commemorate the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary by Pope Pius XII in 1950
Cadillac June 6, 1976 De Cadillac Street Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer
Langelier June 6, 1976 Langelier Boulevard François-Charles-Stanislas Langelier, mayor of Quebec City and Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec
Radisson June 6, 1976 Radisson Street Pierre-Esprit Radisson, French explorer
Honoré-Beaugrand June 6, 1976 Honoré-Beaugrand Street Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec author and mayor of Montreal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Guimont, Marc (2007). Montréal en métro (in French) (2 ed.). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Guides de voyage Ulysse inc. p. 8. ISBN 978-2-89464-782-0. 

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