McGill (Montreal Metro)
|Location||De Maisonneuve Boulevard at University Street, Montreal
|Operated by||Société de transport de Montréal|
|Depth||10.7 metres (35 feet 1 inch), 49th deepest|
|Architect||Crevier, Lemieux, Mercier and Caron|
|Opened||14 October 1966|
|Passengers||11,852,430 entrances in 2011, 2nd of 68|
McGill is a station on the Green Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is located downtown in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The station opened on October 14, 1966, as part of the original network of the Metro. It is currently the second busiest station (after Berri-UQAM) in the network measured by number of passengers entering the system. Prior to 2002, it was the busiest station in the network.
Designed by Crevier, Lemieux, Mercier and Caron, it is a normal side platform station built in open cut under boul. De Maisonneuve, with two ticket halls joined by corridors that surround the platforms. The ticket halls are linked to the platforms by four stairways per platform, including the shortest escalators in the network. The station has large pillars, which were originally painted orange, but painted in beer bottle green color in the late 1990s. In January 2010 the STM repainted the station in its original colors being orange pillars and yellow walls.
As an important part of the underground city, the station has had its mezzanine level substantially enlarged since its opening, by construction of new buildings around the station: the western end of the mezzanine was added with the construction of the Tour BNP and Eaton Centre, while the southern corridor between the ticket halls was added to link the Promenades de la Cathédrale (now known as Promenades Cathédrale) with the station.
No fewer than six buildings are directly connected to the station via underground city, and one, the Eaton Centre, has an entrance directly on the Honoré-Beaugrand platform. (Another access to 2020 de Maisonneuve from the Angrignon platform has been closed.) The station has a further six direct street-level entrances, all of which are integrated into the façades of other buildings.
Among this busy station's amenities include several shops and services directly in the station, including a Tim Hortons, Second Cup, Carlton Cards, a Scotiabank, two Pizza Shops, a web terminal, and MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train. This was second station after Berri-UQAM to have them installed. At one time an "open-concept" branch of the Montreal public library was located next to the exit onto rue Université.
The station has 6 entrances:
- 690, De Maisonneuve Ouest
- 640, boul. de Maisonneuve ouest
- 811, boul. de Maisonneuve ouest
- 2055, rue University
- 2021, av. Union
- 1445, av. Union
Architecture and art
This station contains several pieces of art. The most prominent is Nicolas Sollogoub's Montreal Scenes Circa 1830, depicting the industrial era in the city as well as its early mayors and civic arms. This set of five stained-glass murals was donated by Macdonald Tobacco. Maurice Savoie created a set of terra cotta murals depicting fruit and flowers, surrounding the entrance to Eaton's (now the Complexe Les Ailes). The construction of the Promenades de la Cathédrale in 1992 brought two new works of art, a light sculpture called Passūs by Murray MacDonald, and an installation of an aerial view of Montreal complete with miniature figures of the buildings, by art collective Les Industries perdues. The latter work is entitled To rise, we must push against the ground onto which we have fallen.
Finally, a tapestry by Kelvin McAvoy depicting the life of James McGill was donated by Canadian Universal Limited Insurance in 1969; however, after being vandalized, it was removed by the company for restoration, and then given as a perpetual loan to McGill University instead, where it is now exhibited at the McLennan Library.
Origin of the name
McGill is named for McGill University. Founded in 1821 with money and on land bequeathed by Scottish-Canadian businessman James McGill, this is one of Canada's most prestigious institutions of higher education.
In March 2012, the station is undergoing renovation work that will include the replacement of Travertine tiles covering surfaces of the whole station, spanning over 1,835 square meters. Other work includes replacing the lighting system, fixing columns, beams, and concrete slabs and replacing granite staircases and handrails. The work is scheduled to be done in March 2013.
The Mount Royal Tunnel, which currently carries the Deux-Montagnes commuter rail line, passes near the station. Under the Réseau électrique métropolitain proposal, which would convert the line to rapid-transit operation, a connecting station would be built in the McGill area and have connections to this Metro station.
Connecting bus routes
|Société de transport de Montréal|
|15 Sainte-Catherine, Westbound||All-day||Map||Schedule|
|15 Sainte-Catherine, Eastbound||All-day, Located one block south on Ste-Catherine||Map||Schedule|
|61 Wellington||All-day, Weekends before 10:00PM||Map||Schedule|
|358 Sainte-Catherine, Eastbound||Overnight, Located one block south on Ste-Catherine||Map||Schedule|
|420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce||Weekdays before 8:00PM, Mornings towards Downtown and Afternoons from Downtown, Located on University and Ste-Catherine||Map||Schedule|
Nearby points of interest
Connected via the underground city
- Centre Eaton/Tour McGill College
- Place Montréal Trust
- Tour Industrielle-Vie
- Tour AXA (2020 University)
- Place London Life/Les Galeries 2001 University
- McGill University - 688 Sherbrooke
- The Bay
- Promenades Cathédrale
- Complexe Les Ailes (formerly Eaton's)
- Place Ville-Marie
- Peel Metro station and points west
- Bonaventure Metro station and points south
- Place de la Cathédrale
- Musée Grévin Montreal
- McGill University
- Percival Molson Memorial Stadium - Montreal Alouettes
- McCord Museum of Canadian History
- Redpath Museum
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Saint James United Church
- Royal Victoria Hospital
- Montreal Neurological Institute
- Phillips Square
- McGill Metro Station
- Jason Magder (April 22, 2016). "Electric light-rail train network spearheaded by Caisse de dépôt to span Montreal by 2020". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 2016.
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