McGill station

McGill station is a Montreal Metro station in the borough of Ville-Marie in the downtown core of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[6] It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and serves the Green Line. The station opened on October 14, 1966, as part of the original network of the Metro.

McGill station rouge red.jpg
General information
LocationDe Maisonneuve Boulevard at University Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A4
Coordinates45°30′14″N 73°34′18″W / 45.50389°N 73.57167°W / 45.50389; -73.57167
Operated bySociété de transport de Montréal
Depth10.7 metres (35 feet 1 inch), 49th deepest
REM: 10 m (32 ft 10 in) [1] [2]
ArchitectCrevier, Lemieux, Mercier and Caron
Other information
Fare zoneARTM: A[3]
Opened14 October 1966
2022[4][5]5,955,958 Increase 73.82%
Rank3 of 68
Preceding station Montreal Metro.svg Montreal Metro Following station
toward Angrignon
Green Line Place-des-Arts
Future services
Preceding station Logo Réseau express métropolitain.svg REM Following station
Édouard-Montpetit Réseau express métropolitain Central Station
toward Brossard

It is currently the third busiest station (after Berri–UQAM station and Guy-Concordia station) in the network measured by number of passengers entering the system. Prior to 2002, it was the busiest station in the network. From 2024, the station will be served by the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).


Designed by Crevier, Lemieux, Mercier and Caron, it is a normal side platform station built in open cut under boul. De Maisonneuve, with two ticket halls joined by corridors that surround the platforms. The station is named after, and is located adjacent to McGill University.

The ticket halls are linked to the platforms by four stairways per platform, including the shortest escalators in the network. The station has large pillars, which were originally painted orange, but painted in beer bottle green colour in the late 1990s. In January 2010 the STM repainted the station in its original colours being orange pillars and yellow walls.

As an important part of the underground city, the station has had its mezzanine level substantially enlarged since its opening, by construction of new buildings around the station: the western end of the mezzanine was added with the construction of the Tour BNP and Eaton Centre, while the southern corridor between the ticket halls was added to link the Promenades de la Cathédrale (now known as Promenades Cathédrale) with the station.

McGill station concourse. (The previous green coloured pillars can be seen in the background)

No fewer than six buildings are directly connected to the station via underground city. The station has a further six direct street-level entrances, all of which are integrated into the façades of other buildings. A seventh entrance in a separate building was added in 2023 to provide elevator access, making the station accessible.[7]

Among this busy station's amenities include several shops and services directly in the station, including a Tim Hortons, Second Cup, a Scotiabank, two Pizza Shops, a web terminal, and MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train. This was second station after Berri-UQAM to have them installed. At one time an "open-concept" branch of the Montreal Public Library was located next to the exit onto rue Université.

Renovation and upgrade worksEdit

In March 2012, the station underwent renovation work that included the replacement of Travertine tiles covering surfaces of the whole station, spanning over 1,835 square metres (19,750 sq ft). Other work included replacing the lighting system, fixing columns, beams, and concrete slabs and replacing granite staircases and handrails. By the end of 2016, modernized signage has been put in place, flooring has been completely replaced and the stained glass installation underwent a restoration and was put back in place.[8]

In 2020, work began on making the station universally accessible, ahead of the arrival of the REM. The project involves the construction of a new entrance building, two elevators, new public artwork and refurbishment of three of the other entrances.[9] This was estimated to cost around $58 million.[7]

On April 3, 2023, McGill became the 26th accessible metro station in the network, with the completion of the refurbishment work.[7]

Réseau express métropolitain stationEdit

In November 2016, CDPQ Infra announced that the proposed Réseau express métropolitain (REM) system would connect to the Green line at McGill.[10][11] As with the 1980s Line 3 proposal, the REM will use the historic Mont Royal tunnel to head north from downtown. The REM station will be located under McGill College Avenue, and a pedestrian tunnel will connect it to the Green Line station concourse, as well as the wider Underground City.[12] CDPQ Infra indicate that the station will be the 2nd busiest station on the REM, with over 25,000 passengers per day.[12]

Construction on the McGill REM station began in September 2018.[13] In this location, the Mont Royal tunnel is not bored through solid rock, and therefore work to strengthen the historic tunnel was required.[14] As of September 2022, the REM station is planned to open at the end of 2024.[15]


The station has seven entrances:

690, De Maisonneuve Ouest
640, De Maisonneuve Ouest
811, De Maisonneuve Ouest
2055, Robert-Bourassa Boulevard
2021, Avenue Union
1445, Av. Union and La Baie
705, De Maisonneuve Ouest (elevator access)

Architecture and artEdit

The images of Montreal's first two mayors, Jacques Viger and Peter McGill, in stained glass. The image of Peter McGill is sometimes mistakenly believed to be James McGill, the founder of the nearby university

This station contains several pieces of artwork.

The most prominent is Nicolas Sollogoub's Montreal Scenes Circa 1830, depicting the industrial era in the city as well as its early mayors and civic arms. This set of five stained-glass murals was donated by Macdonald Tobacco, and installed in 1974.[16] Maurice Savoie created a set of terra cotta murals depicting fruit and flowers, surrounding the entrance to Eaton's (now the Complexe Les Ailes). This were installed when the station opened in 1966.[17]

The construction of the Promenades de la Cathédrale in 1992 brought two new works of art, a light sculpture called Passūs by Murray MacDonald,[18] and an installation of an aerial view of Montreal complete with miniature figures of the buildings, by art collective Les Industries perdues. The latter work is entitled To rise, we must push against the ground onto which we have fallen.[19]

Work to install elevators in 2023[7] was accompanied by a new artwork in the 811 De Maisonneuve Ouest entrance, a triptych of works in painted aluminum by Mathieu Lévesque entitled Vestiges. These commemorate the nearby Golden Square Mile.[20]

Finally, a tapestry by Kelvin McAvoy depicting the life of James McGill was donated by Canadian Universal Limited Insurance in 1969; however, after being vandalized, it was removed by the company for restoration, and then given as a perpetual loan to McGill University instead, where it is now exhibited at the McLennan Library.

Origin of the nameEdit

McGill is named for McGill University. Founded in 1821 with money and on land bequeathed by Scottish-Canadian businessman James McGill, this is one of Canada's most prestigious institutions of higher education.

Connecting bus routesEdit

Société de transport de Montréal
  15 Sainte-Catherine
  35 Griffintown
  61 Wellington
  125 Ontario
  168 Cité-du-Havre
  358 Sainte-Catherine, Eastbound
  420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Nearby points of interestEdit

Connected via the underground cityEdit



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  2. ^ Mcgill
  3. ^ "Fare Zones". Metropolitan Regional Transportation Authority. 1 July 2022. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  4. ^ Société de transport de Montréal (2023-05-25). Entrants de toutes les stations de métro en 2022 (Report) – via Access to Information Act request, reference no. 0308.2023.134.
  5. ^ Société de transport de Montréal (2022-09-27). Entrants de toutes les stations de métro en 2021 (Report) – via Access to Information Act request, reference no. 0308.2022.182.
  6. ^ McGill Metro Station
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  10. ^ Magder, Jason (25 November 2016). "Three REM train stations added to proposed route through downtown Montreal". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
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  13. ^ "Start of work at McGill station | REM". 27 September 2018. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  14. ^ Magder, Jason (1 December 2021). "Century-old Mount Royal tunnel gets shored up for REM's McGill station". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  15. ^ "Opening of most REM light rail stations pushed back to end of 2024". CBC News. 20 June 2022. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  16. ^ "McGill (Nicolas Sollogoub)". Société de transport de Montréal. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  17. ^ "McGill (Maurice Savoie)". Société de transport de Montréal. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  18. ^ "McGill (Murray MacDonald)". Société de transport de Montréal. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  19. ^ "McGill (les Industries perdues)". Société de transport de Montréal. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  20. ^ "McGill (Mathieu Lévesque)". Société de transport de Montréal (in French). Retrieved 3 April 2023.

External linksEdit

  Media related to McGill (Montreal Metro) at Wikimedia Commons