More than fifty stations are decorated with over hundred works of public art,
such as sculptures, stained glass, and murals by noted artists from
Québec. The city encourages this since 1967, one year after the opening of the system [stm.info], [metrodemontreal.com].
Photo: Huge sculptures by Germain Bergeron on the concourse level of Monk station on the Green Line. Monk station was opened in 1978.
Some of Montreal's stations seem to be works of modern art themselves, and many reflect the zeitgeist of the decades they were built in.
Photo: Platform level of La Salle station (1978) on the Green Line.
Entrance buildings are often as well designed as the underground parts of the stations [metrodemontreal.com].
Photo: Concourse of Namur from 1984 station on the Orange Line.
Expo-Express, while purpose-built for Expo 67, was a surprisingly robust, metro-like elevated system, using standard railway technology, with stations about 120 metres long. It served not only the islands on which the expo was held but also the mainland (Place d'Accueil and Habitat 67 stations). After the end of the exhibition proper, several of the pavilions stayed open for some years, and Expo-Express was sold to and operated by the Commission de transport de Montréal, like the metro and buses. The mainland section was closed by 1969 but a station was actually added (Notre-Dame East) at the same time. By the end, though, it was only operating 2 months a year and was finally closed in 1972. Today, the only vestige left is a rail bridge crossing Le Moyne Channel at the east end of Île Notre-Dame, just east of the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
In 2010, service to Rigaud on what was then the Dorion-Rigaud commuter train line was discontinued.
Some refurbished trains occasionally use 4 beeps as the doors close. Most trains still have no signal at all for closing doors. However, the conductors will often rattle the doors to warn users to hurry up... or after an unusually long stop on the platform that the train is about to leave. Conductors can also stop the doors in mid-range to allow someone running up to the door to sneak in at the last moment. Announcements are in French. After leaving stations, it's simply "Prochaine station: [name]." When arriving at a station, it's "Station: [name]". When leaving the terminus, it's "La STM vous souhaite la bienvenue à bord. Prochaine station, [name]." ("The STM bids you welcome on board. Next station: [name]".)