Henri-Bourassa (Montreal Metro)

Henri-Bourassa (Montreal Metro)

Infobox Montreal Metro
station= Henri-Bourassa
line=Orange Line

inaugurated=14 October, 1966 (1st and 2nd platform)
28 april, 2007 (3rd platform)
architect= J. Warunkiewicz
André Léonard
Claude Leclerc
Richard Fortin
depth=18.3 metres
depth-rank= 18th deepest
traffic= 8,308,268 entrances in 2006
traffic-rank= 3rd busiest
distances=771.60 metres to Sauvé
1101.60 metres to Cartier
addresses=10670 Berri Street
575 Henri Bourassa Boulevard
590 Henri Bourassa Blvd East
(??)rue Lajeunesse
10765, rue Lajeunesse
intersections=boul. Henri-Bourassa / rue Lajeunesse
boul. Henri-Bourassa / rue Berri [ [http://www.stm.info/English/metro/Henri-Bourassa.pdf Henri-Bourassa Station Neighbourhood Map] ] |

Henri-Bourassa is a station on the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) . It is located in the Ahuntsic district in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville in Montreal, Quebec, Canada [ [http://www.stm.info/English/metro/a-m01.htm Henri-Bourassa Metro Station] ] . It was inaugurated on October 14, 1966, as part of the original network of the metro and the eastern terminus of the Orange Line.

The original part of the metro station, designed by J. Warunkiewicz, is a normal side-platform station, connected by a transept and a long tunnel to a mezzanine some distance away. This in turn gives access to the station's entrance on 575 Henri Bourassa Boulevard, integrated into a government building, the STM's Terminus Henri-Bourassa Sud and the STL's Terminus Henri-Bourassa Nord.

A second access, closer to the station's platforms on Berri Street, was added later. It was designed by André Léonard and Claude Leclerc.

A large addition to the station is finished as part of the extension to Laval. A diversion from the main tunnel and a third platform have been added. This allows some trains to end their run at Henri-Bourassa (using the existing platform) and others to continue to Laval (using the new platform). The extension opened to the public on April 28, 2007.

The station includes several artworks. A collective work by 330 Montreal children, entitled "Les enfants dans la ville" ("children in the city"), is found in the mezzanine; composed of moulded concrete blocks, it depicts scenes of parks, houses, play, and transportation. In the Henri Bourassa Blvd. North entrance, a mural relief by Jacques Huet entitled "Réveil de la conscience par la solitude" ("awakening of consciousness by solitude") forms a firewall between the entrance and the adjacent government office. In the new Berri St. entrance, the architect André Léonard created two terra cotta reliefs entitled "Le potager" ("the vegetable garden") and "Le vent" ("the wind"). The finishing of the Laval platform sees the presentation of a new artwork, a light sculpture by Axel Morgenthaler entitled ".98". [ [http://www.canadianarchitect.com/issues/ISArticle.asp?story_id=109400132310&issue=02012008&PC= "Canadian Architect"] ]

Origin of the name

This station is named for Henri Bourassa Blvd. which in turn is named for Henri Bourassa (1868–1952), a journalist and politician, served in municipal, provincial, and federal governments, but is best known for founding the newspaper "Le Devoir" in 1910.

Connecting bus routes

ociété de transport de Montréal bus routes

* Terminus Henri-Bourassa Sud

Société de transport de Laval and Metropolitan routes

* Terminus Henri-Bourassa Nord.

Nearby points of interest

*Aréna Ahuntsic
*Bibliothèque Ahuntsic
*Cégep Bois-de-Boulogne (with buses 164 or 171)
*Parc Ahuntsic
*Parc-nature de l'Île de la Visitation (with buses 48, 49, or 69)
*Maison de la culture Ahuntsic/Cartierville
*Ahuntsic Bridge


External links

* [http://www.stm.info/English/metro/a-m01.htm Henri-Bourassa Station - Official web page]
* [http://mtlmap.com/index.php?mapcategory=metro&locationid=01 Henri-Bourassa metro station geo location]
* [http://www.metrodemontreal.com/orange/henribourassa/ Montreal by Metro, metrodemontreal.com] - photos, information, and trivia
* [http://www.axelmorgenthaler.com/component/option,com_gallery2/Itemid,26/lang,english/?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=1048&g2_GALLERYSID=d13252911afd0e9f50c59f8d446d682e/ Photos of the artwork .98 by Axel Morgenthaler]
* [http://www.stm.info/English/info/reseau2008.pdf 2008 STM System Map]
* [http://www.stm.info/English/metro/a-mapmet.htm Metro Map]

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