Green Line (Montreal Metro)

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Green Line / Ligne Verte
Montreal Metro.svg
A Green Line train arrives at Place-des-Arts station.
Type Rapid transit
System Montreal Metro
Locale Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Termini Angrignon (south)
Honoré-Beaugrand (north)
Stations 27
Opened October 14, 1966
Operator(s) Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
Depot(s) Angrignon, Beaugrand (for MR-73 and MPM-10)
Centre d'attachement Duvernay (connected to line 2), Centre d'attachement Viau (for maintenance of way equipment)
Rolling stock Bombardier Transportation MR-73 cars
Bombardier/Alstom MPM-10 (Azur) trains [1]
Line length 22.1 km (13.7 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification "Third rail", 750 V DC on the guide bars at either side of the track
Operating speed 40 km/h (25 mph)
Route map
Beaugrand Garage
Viau sidings
connection to
Orange and Yellow lines
formerly Berri-de Montigny
MtlMetro2.svg MtlMetro4.svg
formerly Guy
original tunnel end
Orange Line
to Côte-Vertu
connection to
Orange Line
Duvernay sidings
De L'Église
Angrignon Garage

The Green Line (French: Ligne verte), also known as Line 1, is one of the four lines of the Montreal Metro in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The line runs through the commercial section of downtown Montreal underneath Boulevard de Maisonneuve, formerly Rue de Montigny. It runs mainly on a northeast to southwest axis with a connection to the Orange and Yellow Lines at Berri-UQAM, and with the Orange Line west of downtown at Lionel-Groulx.

The section between Atwater and Frontenac was part of the initial network; the line was extended to Honoré-Beaugrand in 1976 to provide easy access to 1976 Summer Olympics sites. It was extended to Angrignon in 1978. All but three stations, De L'Église, Lionel-Groulx and Charlevoix, are side platform stations, and a few have large video screens showing news, weather, advertisements, and the time until the next train arrives.


The first stations, found on the section between Atwater and Papineau, opened on October 14, 1966. Several smaller sections were delayed by several months. On December 19, 1966, the line was further extended from Papineau to Frontenac, and two days later came the stopover Beaudry between Berri-UQAM and Papineau. On December 20, 1967, Frédéric Back completed his art piece L'histoire de la musique à Montréal (The history of music in Montreal) in Place-des-Arts station. This commissioned piece was the first artwork completed in the Metro system.[2]

The construction of the second phase began in 1971, when Montreal was awarded the bid to host the 1976 Summer Olympics. The goal was to have the ability to transport visitors from downtown to the Olympic Park in the east end. The opening of the section between Frontenac and Honoré-Beaugrand took place on June 6, 1976,[2] six weeks before the start of the Summer Olympics. Green Line trains inaugurated an autopilot feature on November 8, 1976.[2]

The third expansion phase, between Atwater and Angrignon, came into operation on September 3, 1978.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

From the line's opening in 1966, MR-63 cars were used on the Green Line. Upon the introduction of the MR-73 cars on the Green Line in 1976, the older MR-63 cars were used on the Orange Line. From the early-1980s until 2018, MR-63 cars were once again in use on the Green Line.

With the introduction of the newer MPM-10 trains (also known as Azur) in 2016 on the Orange line, the Green Line is now primarily served by both the MR-73 and MPM-10 cars. The MR-63 trains were fully retired on June 21, 2018 as of September 2018 48 out of 52 Azur train sets were delivered[3].

Since October 2018, six Azur trains are also running on the Green Line,[1] with additional trains expected to be added in coming months.

List of stations[edit]

Station Inauguration date Odonym Namesake Transfers/Connections Location
Angrignon September 3, 1978 Angrignon Boulevard
Angrignon Park
Jean-Baptiste Angrignon
(Councillor of Montreal)
Autobusmontréal.svg Terminus Angrignon Le Sud-Ouest
Monk September 3, 1978 Monk Boulevard James Monk
(Attorney-General of Quebec)
Jolicoeur September 3, 1978 Jolicœur Street Joseph-Moïse Jolicœur (parish priest)
Verdun September 3, 1978 De Verdun Street Notre-Dame-de-Saverdun, France
(hometown of Seigneur Zacharie Dupuis)
De l'Église September 3, 1978 De l'Église Avenue Église Saint-Paul
LaSalle September 3, 1978 LaSalle Boulevard Robert Cavelier de La Salle
(French explorer)
Charlevoix September 3, 1978 Charlevoix Street Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix
(French historian and explorer)
Le Sud-Ouest
Lionel-Groulx September 3, 1978 Lionel-Groulx Avenue Lionel Groulx (Quebec historian) MtlMetro2.svg Orange Line
Atwater October 14, 1966 Atwater Avenue Edwin Atwater
(Councillor of Montreal)
Guy-Concordia October 14, 1966 Guy Street
Concordia University
Étienne Guy (landowner)
Concordia salus
(motto of Montreal; Prosperity Through Concord)
Peel October 14, 1966 Rue Peel Sir Robert Peel
(28th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
McGill October 14, 1966 McGill College Avenue
McGill University
James McGill
(Scottish-Canadian businessman)
Réseau express métropolitain (planned)
Place-des-Arts October 14, 1966 Place des Arts Cultural complex
Saint-Laurent October 14, 1966 Saint Laurent Boulevard Saint Lawrence or Saint Lawrence River
Berri-UQAM October 14, 1966 Berri Street
Université du Québec à Montréal
De Montigny Street
Simon Després dit Le Berry
Testard de Montigny family
(name given by Migeon de Branssat in 1669)
Beaudry December 21, 1966 Beaudry Street Pierre Beaudry (landowner)
Papineau October 14, 1966 Papineau Avenue Joseph Papineau
(Quebec politician; father of Louis-Joseph Papineau)
Frontenac December 19, 1966 Frontenac Street Louis de Buade de Frontenac
(Governor-General of New France)
Préfontaine June 6, 1976 Préfontaine Street
Raymond-Préfontaine Park
Raymond-Fournier Préfontaine
(mayor of Montreal)
Joliette June 6, 1976 Joliette Street Barthélemy Joliette
(founder of Joliette, Quebec)
Pie-IX June 6, 1976 Pie-IX Boulevard Pope Pius IX
Viau June 6, 1976 Viau Street Charles-Théodore Viau
(Quebec cookie magnate/parish volunteer)
Assomption June 6, 1976 De l'Assomption Boulevard Dogma of the Assumption of Mary
(proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950)
Cadillac June 6, 1976 De Cadillac Street Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
(French explorer)
Langelier June 6, 1976 Langelier Boulevard François-Charles-Stanislas Langelier
(mayor of Quebec City/Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec)
Radisson June 6, 1976 Radisson Street Pierre-Esprit Radisson
(French explorer)
Autobusmontréal.svg Terminus Radisson
Honoré-Beaugrand Handicapped/disabled access June 6, 1976 Honoré-Beaugrand Street Honoré Beaugrand
(Quebec author and mayor of Montreal)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New AZUR métro cars". Société de transport de Montréal. 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  2. ^ a b c d Guimont, Marc (2007). Montréal en métro (in French) (2 ed.). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Guides de voyage Ulysse inc. p. 8. ISBN 978-2-89464-782-0.
  3. ^ "New AZUR métro cars". Société de transport de Montréal. Retrieved 2018-06-22.

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