Lionel-Groulx station

Lionel-Groulx station is a Montreal Metro station in the borough of Le Sud-Ouest in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1] It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and is a transfer station between the Green Line and Orange Line. It is located in the Saint-Henri area.

Location620, Atwater Street, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°28′58″N 73°34′47″W
Operated bySociété de transport de Montréal
Line(s) Green Line
Orange Line
Platforms2 island platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
  Société de transport de Montréal
Depth12.5 metres (41 feet) (upper platform)
16.5 metres (54 feet) (lower platform), 29th deepest
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectYves Roy
Opened3 September 1978 (Green line)
28 April 1980 (Orange Line)
Passengers4,895,727 entrances in 2013, 19th of 68 (excluding transfers)
Preceding station   Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Angrignon
Green Line
toward Côte-Vertu
Orange Line
toward Montmorency

The station served 3.9 million passengers in 2006, excluding transfers. If they were included, it would be ranked among the top four busiest in the network with about 15 million passengers.

The station opened on September 3, 1978 as part of the extension of the Green Line to Angrignon, with service on the Green Line only, though the Orange Line platforms were built at the same time. They did not enter service until the extension to Place-Saint-Henri was opened on April 28, 1980. It was therefore the first transfer station to open after Berri-UQAM, in the original network.

In 2009 it became the first existing station to be retrofitted to be fully wheelchair-accessible through the addition of elevators. Berri-UQAM station had elevators added at the same time, but only between the mezzanine and Orange Line platforms. (The three stations in Laval, opened in 2007, already had elevators.) Three elevators connect the entrance to the mezzanine, the mezzanine to the upper platform, and the upper platform to the lower platform, respectively.

Architecture and art

The station, built in open cut, features stacked platforms with central platforms between the lines; the Orange Line is to the south and the Green Line to the north. The platforms are arranged in an anti-directional cross-platform interchange, with the two inbound lines (Montmorency and Honoré-Beaugrand) on the upper level, and the two outbound lines (Côte-Vertu and Angrignon) on the lower level. This allows the majority of passengers to transfer by simply walking across the platform, without having to go up or down stairs. The station's mezzanine, suspended on beams, is located above the upper platform, and gives access to the single entrance.

The station was designed by Yves Roy. It contains two artworks: a pair of stainless steel mural sculptures by the architect over the mezzanine, and in the mezzanine itself, a sculpture called The Tree of Life by Italian artist Joseph Rifesser.[2] Representing the races of humanity growing from a common root, it was carved from the entire trunk of a walnut tree, it was originally located at Man and His World and was given to the Metro by the United Nations.

The station is equipped with the MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train.

Station layout

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Outer loop Orange Line toward Montmorency via Henri-Bourassa (Georges-Vanier)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Green Line toward Honoré-Beaugrand (Atwater)
B3 Inner loop Orange Line toward Côte-Vertu (Place-Saint-Henri)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Green Line toward Angrignon (Charlevoix)

Origin of the name

This station is named for rue Lionel-Groulx, which had its name changed to allow the station to commemorate Lionel Groulx. Groulx, one of the most influential of Quebec historians, founded the Franco-American History Institute in 1946 and edited the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française from 1947 to 1967.

In November 1996, the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada officially requested that the Executive Committee of the Montreal Urban Community (M.U.C.) recommend a name change to the station, due to anti-Semitic statements made by Lionel Groulx.

Likewise, there has been a recent movement to rename the station in honour of Oscar Peterson. Although this movement started on Facebook, the story has recently been picked up by the media. The issue has become quite controversial and political.

Connecting bus routes

Société de transport de Montréal
71 Du Centre
77 Station Lionel-Groulx / CUSM
78 Laurendeau
108 Bannantyne
191 Broadway/Provost
211 Bord-du-Lac
350 Verdun/LaSalle
371 Décarie
405 Express Bord-du-Lac
411 Express Lionel-Groulx
425 Express Anse-à-l’Orme
485 Express Antoine-Faucon
491 Express Lachine
496 Express Victoria
747 Montreal-Trudeau/Downtown

Nearby points of interest

  • Atwater Market
  • Église Saint-Irénée
  • Union United Church
  • Parc du Canal de Lachine
  • CÉDA (Comité d'éducation aux adultes)
  • Solin Hall (Off-Campus Residence of McGill University)

Film and television appearances


  1. Lionel-Groulx Station
  2. Heffez, Alanah (2008-12-30). "Metro Memories". Spacing Montreal. Retrieved 2009-01-10.

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