Lionel-Groulx station

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Location620, Atwater Street, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°28′58″N 73°34′47″W / 45.48278°N 73.57972°W / 45.48278; -73.57972Coordinates: 45°28′58″N 73°34′47″W / 45.48278°N 73.57972°W / 45.48278; -73.57972
Operated bySociété de transport de Montréal
Line(s)MtlMetro1.svg Green Line
MtlMetro2.svg Orange Line
Platforms2 island platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Depth12.5 metres (41 feet) (upper platform)
16.5 metres (54 feet) (lower platform), 29th deepest
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectYves Roy
Opened3 September 1978 (Green line)
28 April 1980 (Orange Line)
Passengers4,895,727 entrances in 2013, 19th of 68 (excluding transfers)
Preceding station   Montreal Metro.svg Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Angrignon
Green Line
toward Côte-Vertu
Orange Line
toward Montmorency

Lionel-Groulx station is a Montreal Metro station in the borough of Le Sud-Ouest in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and is a transfer station between the Green Line and Orange Line. It is located in the Saint-Henri area.

The station served 3.9 million passengers in 2006, excluding transfers. If they were included, it would be ranked among the top four busiest in the network with about 15 million passengers.

The station opened on September 3, 1978 as part of the extension of the Green Line to Angrignon, with service on the Green Line only, though the Orange Line platforms were built at the same time. They did not enter service until the extension to Place-Saint-Henri was opened on April 28, 1980. It was therefore the first transfer station to open after Berri-UQAM, in the original network.

In 2009 it became the first existing station to be retrofitted to be fully wheelchair-accessible through the addition of elevators. Berri-UQAM station had elevators added at the same time, but only between the mezzanine and Orange Line platforms. (The three stations in Laval, opened in 2007, already had elevators.) Three elevators connect the entrance to the mezzanine, the mezzanine to the upper platform, and the upper platform to the lower platform, respectively.

Architecture and art[edit]

The Tree of Life by Joseph Rifesser stands in the Lionel-Groulx Metro Station
Arrangement of the platforms at Lionel-Groulx Metro Station

The station, built in open cut, features stacked platforms with central platforms between the lines; the Orange Line is to the south and the Green Line to the north. The platforms are arranged in an anti-directional cross-platform interchange, with the two inbound lines (Montmorency and Honoré-Beaugrand) on the upper level, and the two outbound lines (Côte-Vertu and Angrignon) on the lower level. This allows the majority of passengers to transfer by simply walking across the platform, without having to go up or down stairs. The station's mezzanine, suspended on beams, is located above the upper platform, and gives access to the single entrance.

The station was designed by Yves Roy. It contains two artworks: a pair of stainless steel mural sculptures by the architect over the mezzanine, and in the mezzanine itself, a sculpture called The Tree of Life by Italian artist Joseph Rifesser.[2] Representing the races of humanity growing from a common root, it was carved from the entire trunk of a walnut tree, it was originally located at Man and His World and was given to the Metro by the United Nations.

The station is equipped with the MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Outer loop MtlMetro2.svg Orange Line toward Montmorency via Henri-Bourassa (Georges-Vanier)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound MtlMetro1.svg Green Line toward Honoré-Beaugrand (Atwater)
B3 Inner loop MtlMetro2.svg Orange Line toward Côte-Vertu (Place-Saint-Henri)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound MtlMetro1.svg Green Line toward Angrignon (Charlevoix)

Origin of the name[edit]

This station is named for rue Lionel-Groulx, which had its name changed to allow the station to commemorate Lionel Groulx. Groulx, one of the most influential of Quebec historians, founded the Franco-American History Institute in 1946 and edited the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française from 1947 to 1967.

In November 1996, the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada officially requested that the Executive Committee of the Montreal Urban Community (M.U.C.) recommend a name change to the station, due to anti-Semitic statements made by Lionel Groulx.

Likewise, there has been a recent movement to rename the station in honour of Oscar Peterson. Although this movement started on Facebook, the story has recently been picked up by the media. The issue has become quite controversial and political.

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal
Autobusmontréal.svg 71 Du Centre
Autobusmontréal.svg 77 Station Lionel-Groulx / CUSM
Autobusmontréal.svg 78 Laurendeau
Autobusmontréal.svg 108 Bannantyne
Autobusmontréal.svg 191 Broadway/Provost
Autobusmontréal.svg 211 Bord-du-Lac
S-nuit.gif 350 Verdun/LaSalle
S-nuit.gif 371 Décarie
STM Metrobus Express.svg 405 Express Bord-du-Lac
STM Metrobus Express.svg 411 Express Lionel-Groulx
STM Metrobus Express.svg 425 Express Anse-à-l’Orme
STM Metrobus Express.svg 485 Express Antoine-Faucon
STM Metrobus Express.svg 491 Express Lachine
STM Metrobus Express.svg 496 Express Victoria
Autobusmontréal.svg 747 Montreal-Trudeau/Downtown

Nearby points of interest[edit]

  • Atwater Market
  • Église Saint-Irénée
  • Union United Church
  • Parc du Canal de Lachine
  • CÉDA (Comité d'éducation aux adultes)
  • Solin Hall (Off-Campus Residence of McGill University)

Film and television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Lionel-Groulx Station
  2. ^ Heffez, Alanah (2008-12-30). "Metro Memories". Spacing Montreal. Retrieved 2009-01-10.

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