Park Avenue station (Montreal)

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Park Avenue station
Gare Jean-Talon
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension - Station Parc.jpg
General information
Type Metro station, Retail, and former railway station
Architectural style Art Deco
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Address 395 Jean Talon Street West
Coordinates 45°31′50″N 73°37′25″W / 45.5305°N 73.6237°W / 45.5305; -73.6237Coordinates: 45°31′50″N 73°37′25″W / 45.5305°N 73.6237°W / 45.5305; -73.6237
Current tenants Joe Fresh
Inaugurated 1931
Design and construction
Architect Colin Drewitt

Park Avenue station, also known as Jean-Talon station (French: Gare Jean-Talon), is a historic railway station building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Its western end currently houses the Montreal Metro's Parc station, while businesses occupy the rest of the building. The main building no longer serves the railway; the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) commuter rail Parc station is adjacent. It is located on Jean-Talon Street at the end of Park Avenue in the Park Extension neighbourhood of the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.

The station was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1931. Its traffic declined in the 1950s and it closed in 1984 when Via Rail transferred service to lines headed into Montreal Central Station. The City of Montreal purchased the building and the western end was converted as a metro station and the remainder of the building was adapted for business use. It currently houses a Joe Fresh outlet.

History[edit]

The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Park Avenue station, which was designed by architect Colin Drewitt and opened in 1931.[1] It was inaugurated in the presence of Camillien Houde, the mayor of Montreal at the time. Jean-Talon station replaced the Mile End railway station, which was located near the corner of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Bernard Street.

In its time, all trains headed toward Quebec City, Ottawa and the Laurentians, including Le Petit Train du Nord, traveled through Jean-Talon Station.

The station's role as an important railway stop permitted the station to host many important figures. One such event occurred in 1939, when the station was the site of a royal visit by George VI and the Queen Mother, who were accompanied by former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Park Avenue station was an important stop for railway passengers until the early 1950s. Following the closure of Place Viger in 1951, Jean-Talon station suffered a swift decline in traffic. It was closed itself in 1984 when Via Rail Canada transferred the southern terminal of the Montreal-Quebec City (Ste-Foy) via Trois-Rivieres train service from Windsor Station to Montreal Central Station. The same year, the city of Montreal acquired the building and ceded part of the building to the Montreal Urban Community for the construction underground of the Montreal Metro's Parc station, which opened in 1987.

The central portion of the building became an Indigo Books and Music store, which closed and was replaced by a Société des alcools du Québec store, which itself closed in 2010.

Current use[edit]

The central portion of the building currently houses a Joe Fresh outlet. The Montreal Metro's Parc station occupies the western end of the building. Adjacent to Jean-Talon station is the separate Parc commuter rail station which opened in 1997 as Jean-Talon, although its name was changed to Parc in 2000.

Montreal Metro station[edit]

Parc
ParcMontreal Metro.jpg
Location 7245, Hutchison Street, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°31′49″N 73°37′26″W / 45.53028°N 73.62389°W / 45.53028; -73.62389
Operated by Société de transport de Montréal
Connections
Construction
Depth 15.1 metres (49 feet 6 inches), 35th deepest
Architect

Blouin, Blouin & Associés

Colin M. Drewitt (Park Avenue Station)
History
Opened 15 June 1987
Traffic
Passengers 2,380,755 entrances in 2006, 39th of 68
Services
Preceding station   Montreal Metro.svg Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Snowdon
Blue Line
toward Saint-Michel

Parc station serves the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro. It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).[2]

The Metro station was built after the city purchased Jean-Talon station in 1984, and opened in 1987. The entrance was built in and under the building's far west end, with the entrance in the former men's smoking room. It is a normal side platform station. The platform level features a frieze by Huguette Desjardins, and the skylight at the foot of the stairs to the exit contains a sculpture called Métamorphose d'Icare by Claire Sarrasin, an homage to the local Greek community.

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal
Route Service Times Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 16 Graham All-day before 10:00PM Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 80 Avenue du Parc All-day Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 92 Jean-Talon Ouest All-day, Located one block south on Jean-Talon Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 93 Jean-Talon All-day Map Schedule
S-nuit.gif 365 Avenue du Parc Overnight, Located one block south on Jean-Talon Map Schedule
S-nuit.gif 372 Jean-Talon Overnight, Located one block south on Jean-Talon Map Schedule
STM Metrobus Reserved.svg 435 Express Du Parc/Côte-des-Neiges Rush Hours Map Schedule

Commuter trains[edit]

Parc
Gareparc.jpg
Location 300 Ogilvy Avenue, Montreal, Quebec [3]
Operated by Réseau de transport métropolitain
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking None[3]
Bicycle facilities 7 spaces[3]
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1[3]
History
Opened May 12, 1997
Traffic
Passengers (2016[4]) 1,113,000
Services
Preceding station   RTM   Following station
Saint-Jérôme

Parc station is a commuter rail station operated by the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

It is served by commuter trains of the RTM and is part of the Saint-Jérôme line.

The station is close to the Parc metro station of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), housed in a wing of the former Canadian Pacific Railway Park Avenue station. The RTM station's platforms are built along the main line; the space between the old Jean-Talon railway station building and the railway line, where the original platforms were located, is now occupied by a Provigo Le Marché supermarket[5] and its vehicular access.

Nearby points of interest[edit]

  • CLSC Parc Extension

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park Avenue station (Montreal) at IMTL.org
  2. ^ Parc Metro Station
  3. ^ a b c d Parc
  4. ^ Ridership from Rapport annuel 2016 (PDF). rtm.qc.ca (Report). Montreal: Réseau de transport métropolitain [Metropolitan Transportation Network]. ISBN 978-2-550-75552-4. 
  5. ^ "A new Provigo Le Marché™ store opens its doors at Place de la gare Jean-Talon in Montréal". News Release. Loblaw Companies Limited. 22 May 2014. Retrieved June 2015. Located at the corner of Jean-Talon Street and Parc Avenue, the store was built on the site of the former Jean-Talon train station  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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