Berri-UQAM station

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Berri-UQAM 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 is the system's central station; the Green and Orange Lines pass through it, and the Yellow Line terminates there. It is located in the Quartier Latin.

Berri-UQAM green line platforms.jpg
Green line platforms seen from Orange line level
Locationrue Berri / boul. de Maisonneuve, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°30′55″N 73°33′40″W / 45.51528°N 73.56111°W / 45.51528; -73.56111Coordinates: 45°30′55″N 73°33′40″W / 45.51528°N 73.56111°W / 45.51528; -73.56111
Operated bySociété de transport de Montréal
Line(s)MtlMetro1.svg Green Line
MtlMetro2.svg Orange Line
MtlMetro4.svg Yellow Line
Platforms6 side platforms (2 on each level)
Tracks6 (2 on each level)
Depth16.8 metres (55 feet 1 inch) (Green)
10.7 metres (35 feet 1 inch) (Orange)
27.4 metres (89 feet 11 inches) (Yellow), 2nd deepest
Platform levels3
Disabled accessYes (Orange Line only; planned for the Green Line)
ArchitectLongpré et Marchand
Gaétan Pelletier (kiosk built in 1999)
Opened14 October 1966
Previous namesBerri-de-Montigny (1966–1988)
Passengers13,131,841 entrances in 2011, 1st of 68 (excluding transfers)
Preceding station   Montreal Metro.svg Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Angrignon
Green Line
toward Côte-Vertu
Orange Line
toward Montmorency
TerminusYellow Line
toward Longueuil

Berri-UQAM is the 2nd deepest station in the network, and the only one to have 3 lines stacked on each other. Berri-UQAM is also the busiest station in the network, transfers not included. If transfers were included, the 13 million passengers number would rise to about 35-40 million a year.


Green Line platform
Yellow Line platform

Designed by Longpré and Marchand, the station serves three lines: the Green, Orange, and Yellow lines.

The main part of the station is a cruciform cut and cover volume built underneath the intersection of rue Berri and boul. de Maisonneuve; the volume is so large that the station's design had to include massive pillars to support the street.

This central volume contains three levels. The upper level contains the rectangular mezzanine at its centre, with fare gates on all four sides; the arms extend out to the station's entrances, with two more entrances at the crossing, and are also lined with shops and services.

Staircases lead from the mezzanine to the landings on either side of the Orange Line. These landings provide views of the great volumes over the Green Line platforms below.

From the Green Line level, escalators and hallways connect the rest of the station to the Yellow Line terminus, built in a tunnel a block away under rue Saint-Denis. Due to limited space in the tail tracks, trains reverse both in the tail tracks and in the foretracks leaving the station.

All three lines have side platforms. This station was the first to be equipped with the MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time until the next train arrives.

In 2009, the station was made partially wheelchair-accessible through the addition of elevators. Two elevators now connect the Orange Line platforms to the mezzanine. The other two lines are not yet accessible. The mezzanine can be accessed from the street via elevators in the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec and UQAM's Pavillon Judith-Jasmin; however, these buildings are not open throughout the Metro's operating hours. However, there is an elevator in the Saint-Denis exit that opened in June 2010.

The station has 5 entrances:

1470, rue Saint-Denis
1500, rue Berri
1635, rue Berri
850, boul. de Maisonneuve est
505, rue Sainte-Catherine est

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
(Elevators at boul. de Maisonneuve, at intersection of rue Berri and rue Sainte-Catherine, and at rue Saint-Denis)
B1 Upper mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Elevators to Orange Line platforms
(Note: Green Line and Yellow Line platforms are not accessible)
Orange Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Outer loop   Orange Line to Montmorency via Henri-Bourassa (Sherbrooke)
Inner loop   Orange Line to Côte-Vertu (Champ-de-Mars)
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Green Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound   Green Line to Angrignon (Saint-Laurent)
Northbound   Green Line to Honoré-Beaugrand (Beaudry)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B4 Transfer mezzanine Transfer corridor between Green Line and Yellow Line platforms
Yellow Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound   Yellow Line to Longueuil (Jean-Drapeau)
Eastbound   Yellow Line to Longueuil (Jean-Drapeau)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Architecture and artEdit

The Hommage aux fondateurs de la ville de Montréal mural

The station has a total of four independent exits: three integrated into buildings (the Berri, Saint-Denis, and Place Dupuis exits) and one free-standing kiosk (the Sainte-Catherine exit). The station also contains several underground city connections, listed below.

The work of five artists is exhibited in this station. The largest work is a stained-glass mural by Pierre Gaboriau and Pierre Osterrath entitled Hommage aux fondateurs de la ville de Montréal (homage to the founders of the city of Montreal). A gift of the Union régionale de Montréal des caisses populaires Desjardins and installed in 1969, it depicts Jérôme le Royer de la Dauversière, Jeanne Mance, and Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve. It is located over the eastern portal of the Green Line tunnel.

Three paintings by Robert LaPalme are located over the main staircase leading to the Yellow Line terminus. Originally located at the entrance to Expo 67, they represent three themes of the Expo: science, recreation, and culture.

A plaque by LaPalme and Georges Lauda, commemorating the inauguration of the Metro, is located at the centre of the mezzanine. It is enclosed in a black circular bench, a popular meeting site, referred to as la rondelle (the hockey puck) or la pilule (the pill) or "le banc des fous" (the crazy bench).

There is also a piece of work located in the newer Sainte-Catherine entrance pavilion, by architect Gaétan Pelletier. The work is a statue of Mother Émilie Gamelin by Raoul Hunter, commemorating Place Émilie-Gamelin (also called Berri Square) in which the entrance is located. The statue is owned by the City of Montreal.

The most recent art piece put in place inside the station is the Wall of Peace on the concourse level of the Yellow Line. It consists of coloured metal plates bearing the word "peace" in multiple languages.


Berri-UQAM was the site of the Metro's inauguration on October 14, 1966.

On September 2, 2001, a canister of tear gas was set off inside the station, forcing the evacuation of the 300 passengers inside.

Origin of the nameEdit

Berri-UQAM is named for both Berri Street, so called since 1663, and for the Université du Québec à Montréal. The university has taken to using UQAM as its abbreviation, which it displays as UQÀM (with a grave accent over the A as its logo; the station retains the UQAM form.

Until 1988, the station was named Berri-de-Montigny; rue de Montigny is the former name of boulevard de Maisonneuve in this area.

Small stubs of de Montigny street still survive in Downtown Montreal between Saint Laurent Boulevard and Saint Urbain Street and in the Montréal-Est suburb.


From August 2010 to mid-2017, the station underwent $90 million of renovations that changed the appearance of the station and secured the tunnels and the roofs. Other work that was done included mechanical, structural, and architectural improvements.[2]

The first phase lasted from August 2010 to the summer of 2011 ande included the removal of the gray tiles on all 3 platforms and station walls. Temporary walls were put up until the next phase.

The second phase began in January 2012 and continued until June 2012. It included reinforcing walls; renovating mechanical, structural, and architectural components, and removing four red columns on the mezzanine level staircases. Once that was completed, the temporary walls and finishes were removed and replaced by new permanent architectural facings.

Connecting bus routesEdit

Société de transport de MontréalEdit

Société de transport de Montréal
  15 Sainte-Catherine
  30 St-Denis/St-Hubert
  358 Sainte-Catherine, Eastbound
  361 Saint-Denis
  427 Express Saint-Joseph
  715 Old Port/Old Montreal
  747 Montreal-Trudeau/Downtown

Other connecting bus routesEdit

Nearby points of interestEdit

Connected via the underground cityEdit



  1. ^ "Berri-UQAM". Société de transport de Montréal.
  2. ^ Berri-UQAM gets a facelift :

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