Square-Victoria-OACI station

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Square-Victoria–OACI
Square-VictoriaMetro2011.jpg
LocationSquare Victoria, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°30′07″N 73°33′47″W / 45.50194°N 73.56306°W / 45.50194; -73.56306Coordinates: 45°30′07″N 73°33′47″W / 45.50194°N 73.56306°W / 45.50194; -73.56306
Operated bySociété de transport de Montréal
Connections
Construction
Depth16.2 metres (53 feet 2 inches), 31st deepest
ArchitectIrving Sager
History
Opened6 February 1967
Traffic
Passengers3,693,589 entrances in 2006, 22nd of 68
Services
Preceding station   Montreal Metro.svg Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Côte-Vertu
Orange Line
toward Montmorency

Square-Victoria–OACI station is a Montreal Metro station in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and serves the Orange Line. It is located in Victoria Square near the Quartier international de Montréal district. The station opened on February 6, 1967, four months after most of the initial network, and was briefly the terminus of the Orange Line until Bonaventure station was opened a week later.

Overview[edit]

The station is a normal side platform station; its central mezzanine is connected to a very long tunnel running along Beaver Hall Hill and under Victoria Square, giving access to its various exits.

Each of the station's exits is connected to another building or buildings via the underground city. The Belmont exit is connected to and located in the 1080 Beaver Hall Hill building; the Viger exit is likewise connected to and located in the Bell Tower/National Bank complex. The Saint Antoine exit is a link in the main part of the underground city, linking the ICAO building with the Centre CDP Capital, while the rotunda at the south end of the tunnel, leading to the Saint Jacques exit, links the Tour de la Bourse with the Centre de commerce mondial.

The station was designed by Irving Sager. Two steel murals by Robert Savoie, entitled Kawari Kabuto, grace the walls of the great volume over the tunnel vaults, and a mural in the pedestrian tunnel to the northern entrances is by Jean-Paul Mousseau. The southern rotunda formerly contained a multimedia installation entitled Ars Natura, promoting Montreal's science museums.

Hector Guimard's entrance portico

The most famous artwork, however, is one of Hector Guimard's art nouveau entrance porticos from the Paris Métro. One of the few authentic installations on a rapid transit station outside Paris, it was given in 1967 by the RATP (Régie autonome des transports parisiens) to commemorate the collaboration of French and Canadian engineers in building the Metro. It is located within Victoria Square on the Saint Antoine entrance, one of only four open-air entrances on the network (the others are located at Place-Saint-Henri and Bonaventure stations). It was recently[when?] removed, completely restored, and reinstalled.

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

The station has 4 entrances:

605, Belmont Street (Montreal)
601, Viger Avenue
601 Saint Antoine Street W
605, Saint Jacques Street W

Origin of the name[edit]

This station is named for Victoria Square, which has existed since 1813; it was renamed for Queen Victoria on the occasion of the visit of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to Montreal in 1860.

Until the spring of 2014, the station was named Square-Victoria. In June 2014, the station was renamed Square-Victoria–OACI, referring to the nearby headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (in French, Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale, OACI). This was done to celebrate the 70th anniversary of ICAO's presence in Montreal.[2]

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Société de transport de Montréal
Route
Autobusmontréal.svg 36 Monk
Autobusmontréal.svg 61 Wellington
Autobusmontréal.svg 74 Bridge
Autobusmontréal.svg 75 de la Commune
Autobusmontréal.svg 168 Cité-du-Havre
Autobusmontréal.svg 178 Pointe-Nord/Île-des-Soeurs
STM Metrobus Express.svg 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
CIT du Sud-Ouest
Route
1 Valleyfield - Montréal
28 Châteauguay - Downtown Montréal

Nearby points of interest[edit]

Connected via the underground city[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Square-Victoria–OACI (Montreal Metro) at Wikimedia Commons