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(Montréal), Quebec, Canada (America)

Date of opening14 Oct 1966
Network length69.2 km (43.01 mi)
Stations73 (68*)
Stations per line18.25
Avg. station distance1,003 m (0.62 mi)
Avg. line length17.30 km (10.75 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
System typemetro (known as Metro)
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)600,000 (as of 2006)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)8,670 (5,390)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.67 EUR (as of 2009); access gates, smartcard
24-hour operationNo
TrackRight, gauge: 1994 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trainsNo
Walk-through trainsNo
Rubber-tyred trainsYes
Driverless linesNo
Platform screen doorsNo
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2011 stm.info

To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 2 stars (silver)  Montreal

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.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

There are interesting stations on all lines. Trains have no departure announcements.

Abandoned Lines

Montreal had a full-scale surface metro system within an Expo site in the 1960s. It didn't last very long.

Relationships with Other Metros

Michelin-Alstom rubber-tyred family
Members: Lausanne (line M2), Lyon (lines A, B, D), Marseille, Mexico City, Montreal, Paris (lines 1, 4, 6, 11, 14), Santiago (lines 1, 2, 5),
Characteristics: Rubber-tyred metro, developed by Michelin in the 1930s.
Derivatives: VAL family.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

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]".)


Blue Line train departing from Outremont station.

Length: 22 sec.

Videos of other metros


  Montreal photo gallery.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1989: Jésus de Montréal

Handpicked Resources

stm.info Official website
McLauchlin, Matthewmetrodemontreal.com Unofficial, very detailed website about the Métro de Montréal

Generated Links for Montreal Metro

Line history (cityrailtransit.com)
Photos (images.google.com)
Maps (images.google.com)
Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
Skyscrapercity discussion (skyscrapercity.com)
City information about Montreal (wikipedia.org)

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