Green Line (Montreal Metro)

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.

Green Line / Ligne Verte
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A Green Line train arrives at Place-des-Arts station.
LocaleMontreal, Quebec, Canada.
TerminiAngrignon (south)
Honoré-Beaugrand (north)
TypeRapid transit
SystemMontreal Metro
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 stockBombardier Transportation MR-73 cars
Bombardier/Alstom MPM-10 (Azur) trains [1]
OpenedOctober 14, 1966
Line length22.1 km (13.7 mi)
Track gauge1,435 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 speed55–72 km/h (34–45 mph)
Route map
Beaugrand Garage
Viau sidings
connection to
Orange and Yellow lines
formerly Berri-de Montigny
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formerly Guy
original tunnel end
connection to
Orange Line
Duvernay sidings
De L'Église
Angrignon Garage

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.


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 stockEdit

At 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 to 2018, MR-63 cars were again used 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 August 2019, all 54 Azur train sets had been delivered.[3] Of these, nine are running on the Green Line.[1]

List of stationsEdit

Station Inauguration date Odonym Namesake Transfers/Connections Location
Angrignon September 3, 1978 Angrignon Boulevard
Angrignon Park
Jean-Baptiste Angrignon
(Councillor of Montreal)
  Terminus Angrignon Le Sud-Ouest
Monk Monk Boulevard James Monk
(Attorney-General of Quebec)
Jolicoeur Jolicœur Street Joseph-Moïse Jolicœur (parish priest)
Verdun De Verdun Street Notre-Dame-de-Saverdun, France
(hometown of Seigneur Zacharie Dupuis)
De l'Église De l'Église Avenue Église Saint-Paul
LaSalle LaSalle Boulevard Robert Cavelier de La Salle
(French explorer)
Charlevoix Charlevoix Street Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix
(French historian and explorer)
Le Sud-Ouest
Lionel-Groulx   Lionel-Groulx Avenue Lionel Groulx (Quebec historian)   Orange Line
Atwater October 14, 1966 Atwater Avenue Edwin Atwater
(Councillor of Montreal)
Guy-Concordia Guy Street
Concordia University
Étienne Guy (landowner)
Concordia salus
(motto of Montreal; Prosperity Through Concord)
Peel Rue Peel Sir Robert Peel
(28th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
McGill McGill College Avenue
McGill University
James McGill
(Scottish-Canadian businessman)
Réseau express métropolitain (planned)
Place-des-Arts Place des Arts Cultural complex
Saint-Laurent Saint Laurent Boulevard Saint Lawrence or Saint Lawrence River
Berri-UQAM   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 Joliette Street Barthélemy Joliette
(founder of Joliette, Quebec)
Pie-IX Pie-IX Boulevard Pope Pius IX
Viau  Viau Street Charles-Théodore Viau
(Quebec cookie magnate/parish volunteer)
Assomption De l'Assomption Boulevard Dogma of the Assumption of Mary
(proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950)
Cadillac De Cadillac Street Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
(French explorer)
Langelier Langelier Boulevard François-Charles-Stanislas Langelier
(mayor of Quebec City/Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec)
Radisson Radisson Street Pierre-Esprit Radisson
(French explorer)
  Terminus Radisson
Honoré-Beaugrand   Honoré-Beaugrand Street Honoré Beaugrand
(Quebec author and mayor of Montreal)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "New AZUR métro cars". Société de transport de Montréal. 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  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 August 16, 2019.

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