Parc station (Montreal)

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Park Avenue station
Gare Jean-Talon
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension - Station Parc.jpg
General information
TypeMetro station, Retail, and former railway station
Architectural styleArt Deco
LocationMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Address395 Jean Talon Street West
Coordinates45°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 tenantsJoe Fresh
Inaugurated1931
Design and construction
ArchitectColin Drewitt

Parc station, also known as Park Avenue station and formerly 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 Exo 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. Park Avenue 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, travelled through Park Avenue 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, Park Avenue 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. In 1997, Exo's commuter rail station opened, using the name Jean-Talon; but this was later changed in 2000 to Parc in order to avoid confusion with the Jean-Talon metro station.

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 is the separate Parc commuter rail station.

Montreal Metro station[edit]

Parc
ParcMontreal Metro.jpg
Location7245, Hutchison Street, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°31′49″N 73°37′26″W / 45.53028°N 73.62389°W / 45.53028; -73.62389
Operated bySociété de transport de Montréal
Connections
Construction
Depth15.1 metres (49 feet 6 inches), 35th deepest
ArchitectBlouin, Blouin & Associés
Colin M. Drewitt (Park Avenue Station)
History
Opened15 June 1987
Traffic
Passengers2,380,755 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.

Commuter trains[edit]

Parc
Gareparc.jpg
Location300 Ogilvy Avenue, Montreal, Quebec [3]
Operated byExo (public transit)
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingNone[3]
Bicycle facilities7 spaces[3]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1[3]
History
OpenedMay 12, 1997
Traffic
Passengers (2016[4])1,113,000 (Exo)
Services
Preceding station Exo Following station
Chabanel Saint-Jérôme Montréal-Ouest

The Exo commuter rail operates a station immediately adjacent to the historic building. Parc station is part of Exo's Saint-Jérôme line. The Exo 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]

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal
Route
Autobusmontréal.svg 16 Graham
Autobusmontréal.svg 80 Avenue du Parc
Autobusmontréal.svg 92 Jean-Talon Ouest
Autobusmontréal.svg 93 Jean-Talon
S-nuit.gif 365 Avenue du Parc
S-nuit.gif 372 Jean-Talon
STM Metrobus Reserved.svg 480 Express Du Parc (starting August 26, 2019)[6]

Nearby points of interest[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parc station 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". investors.loblaw.ca. May 22, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Latest bus news for September". Société de transport de Montréal. Retrieved 2019-08-22.

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