Bois-Franc station

Bois-Franc is a future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) interchange station in the Bois-Franc neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. REM service is expected to begin at the station in the second quarter of 2024.[3]

Bois-Franc
Gare Bois-Francs AMT.jpg
General information
Location54
Coordinates45°31′23″N 73°42′35″W / 45.52306°N 73.70972°W / 45.52306; -73.70972Coordinates: 45°31′23″N 73°42′35″W / 45.52306°N 73.70972°W / 45.52306; -73.70972
Operated by
Connections
Construction
ParkingAiga parking inv.svg 742 spaces[1]
Bicycle facilities21 spaces[1]
Other information
Fare zone2
WebsiteBois-Franc station (REM)
History
Opened
  • 1918
  • 1994 (RTM)
ClosedDecember 31, 2020 (2020-12-31)
Rebuilt2024 (2024) (REM)
Electrified1,500 V DC catenary
Previous names
  • Lazard (1918–1926)
  • Val-Royal (1926–1995)
Passengers
2019[2]737,900 (Exo)
Former services
Preceding station Exo Following station
Sunnybrooke Deux-Montagnes Du Ruisseau
Future services
Preceding station Réseau express métropolitain logo.png REM Following station
Sunnybrooke Réseau express métropolitain Du Ruisseau
toward Brossard
Des Sources
Marie-Curie
toward Airport

It was formerly commuter rail station on the Deux-Montagnes line until Exo ended service in 2020.

Origin of nameEdit

Bois-Franc takes its name from the nearby Bois-Franc residential development, itself named for chemin du Bois-Franc, the original name of the stretch of boulevard Henri-Bourassa through this area, which had previously ended at the Laurentian Autoroute. Bois Franc was also the original name of the nearby pioneer airstrip that later was known as Cartierville Airport, until its closing in the 1980s.

HistoryEdit

The original station was named Lazard[4] (likely for the Franco-American merchant bank Lazard Frères & Co. which underwrote the construction of the Mount Royal Tunnel on this rail line). In 1926, the station was renamed Val-Royal. After the modernization of the Deux-Montagnes Line, between 1993 and 1995, a new station named Bois-Franc was built; the original station was then demolished at the request of the Canadian National Railway and with the permission of Transport Canada on June 5, 1995.[5] The old station site is now a parking lot on the east side of Boulevard Marcel-Laurin.

LocationEdit

The station is located at 5465 Henri Bourassa Boulevard West, between Marcel-Laurin Boulevard/Boulevard Laurentien (Route 117) and Grenet Street in Saint-Laurent on the border with Cartierville.

Cartierville branch and stationEdit

A single-track electrified (2400 V DC) branch to Cartierville, a relic of when the line terminated there in Canadian Northern Railway days, left the line at (then) Val-Royal station. When the line was run by Canadian National, only one rush-hour trip was scheduled in each direction. It was abandoned in the early 1980s when STM predecessor STCUM took over operations of the Deux-Montagnes line. The Cartierville station was located at the corner of Gouin West and Laurentian boulevards.[6] The Cartierville Station was to have been the terminus of Line 3 (Red) of the Montreal Metro.

Connecting bus routesEdit

Société de transport de Montréal
No.[1] and route name Service times
  64 Grenet All-day
  121E Sauvé / Côte-Vertu School-day service; located on Grenet
  126 Polyvalente-Émile-Legault School-day service; located on Grenet and Henri-Bourassa
  164 Dudemaine All-day
  170 Keller All-day
  171 Henri-Bourassa Rush hours
  215 Henri Bourassa Regular; located on Henri-Bourassa Blvd. and Marcel-Laurin
  382 Pierrefonds/Saint Charles Overnight
  468 Express Pierrefonds/Gouin Weekdays before 8:00 PM; located on Grenet and Henri-Bourassa
  964 Trainbus Bois-Franc/Côte-Vertu Discontinued
Société de transport de Laval
No.[1][7] and route description Service times
55 to/from Laval-Ouest and Henri-Bourassa Terminus Nord via Du Ruisseau station
and via Bois-de-Boulogne station. The stops are on Grenet Street.
Regular
144 to/from Sainte-Dorothée, Chomedey, and Terminus Côte-Vertu at the Côte-Vertu Metro station.
The stops are on Marcel Laurin Boulevard.
151 to/from Chomedey, Fabreville, Sainte-Rose and Terminus Côte-Vertu at the Côte-Vertu Metro station.
The stops are on Marcel Laurin Boulevard.
902 to/from Terminus Le Carrefour at Le Carrefour Laval and Terminus Côte-Vertu at the Côte-Vertu Metro station.
The stops are on Marcel Laurin Boulevard.
Regular, on week days
  1. All bus routes coming from Laval cannot pick up passengers for Montreal-only trips.
    The same routes will pick up passengers for trips heading back to Laval but will not allow passengers to descend until it reaches Laval.
  2. Route No. 46 no longer passes by this station, the RTM has neglected to bring this up to date on their website.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Bois-Franc (RTM)
  2. ^ Exo (2020-06-17). Réponse à votre demande d'accès à l'information (Report) – via Access to Information Act request, reference no. 2020-25.
  3. ^ "COVID-19 and the safety of the Mount Royal Tunnel: what to know about the updated REM schedule in relation to the exceptional events of 2020". Réseau express métropolitain. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  4. ^ Walton, Mark (June 6, 2000). "The Mount Royal Tunnel Electrification". Colin Churcher's Railway Pages. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012.
  5. ^ N/Réf. T6165/S7 & V/Réf. 5105-VAL-1
  6. ^ "Montreal-Cartierville-Deux-Montagnes schedule 1979 pages 3&4". Canadian National suburban Montreal public timetable, August 6, 1979. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  7. ^ a b STL 2011 map Archived 2011-09-20 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

  Media related to Bois-Franc (RTM) at Wikimedia Commons