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This article is about the railway station in Montreal. For the bus station, see Station Centrale d'Autobus Montreal. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2008) Central Station Gare Centrale Via Rail, Amtrak (Inter-city) AMT (Commuter) Exterior of the station concourse. Station statistics Address 895 rue de La Gauchetière Ouest Montreal, Quebec Coordinates 45°29′59″N 73°34′00″W / 45.4996°N 73.5668°W / 45.4996; -73.5668Coordinates: 45°29′59″N 73°34′00″W / 45.4996°N 73.5668°W / 45.4996; -73.5668 Connections STM buses, Montreal Metro Structure At-grade Platforms Below-grade Tracks 14 (covered) Parking yes Bicycle facilities yes Baggage check yes Other information Opened 1943 Rebuilt 1960s (Place Bonaventure) Electrified Partially, Tracks 9-12 (catenary at 25 kV AC 60 Hz) Accessible Code MTRL (Via Rail), MTR (Amtrak), YMY (IATA) Owned by Homburg Invest Inc.[1] (since November 30, 2007), CN (1943-2007) Services Preceding station   Via Rail   Following station Terminus Montreal – Senneterre train Ahuntsic toward Senneterre Montreal – Jonquière train Ahuntsic toward Jonquière Ocean Saint-Lambert toward Halifax Montreal – Gaspé train Saint-Lambert toward Gaspé Montreal–Quebec Saint-Lambert toward Quebec Ottawa–Montreal Dorval toward Fallowfield Toronto–Montreal Dorval toward Toronto Amtrak Terminus Adirondack Saint-Lambert toward New York City AMT Canora toward Deux-Montagnes Deux-Montagnes Terminus Terminus Mont-Saint-Hilaire Saint-Lambert toward Mont-Saint-Hilaire Canora toward Mascouche Repentigny–Mascouche (future) Terminus Central Station (French: Gare Centrale) (IATA: YMY) is the major inter-city rail station and a major commuter rail hub in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 18 million rail passengers use the station every year.[2] Designed by John Campbell Merrett, the main concourse is located on rue de la Gauchetière West and occupies almost the entire block bounded by de la Gauchetière, University Street, René-Lévesque Boulevard and Mansfield Street. The station is adorned with art deco bas-relief friezes on its interior and exterior.[3] The station building and associated properties are owned by Homburg Invest Inc. as of November 30, 2007. Prior to that, from the station's inception in 1943, it had been owned by Canadian National Railway (CN). Central Station is at the centre of the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, the busiest inter-city rail service area in the nation (marketed as the Corridor), which extends from Windsor and Sarnia in the west, through Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, to Quebec City in the east. Inter-city trains at Central Station are operated by Via Rail and Amtrak, while commuter rail services are operated by Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT). The station is also connected to the Montreal Metro subway system. Central Station is the second-busiest Via Rail station in Canada, after Toronto Union Station. Its Via station code is MTRL; its Amtrak code is MTR, and its IATA code is YMY. Contents 1 Services 1.1 Via Rail 1.2 Amtrak 1.3 AMT 2 History 3 Public transit connections 3.1 Metro 3.2 STM buses 3.3 AMT buses 3.4 Other connecting buses 4 Connecting facilities 5 References 6 External links Services Via Rail Montreal – Senneterre train to Shawinigan, La Tuque and Senneterre Montreal – Gaspé train to Charny, Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski, Carleton, New Carlisle, Chandler, Percé and Gaspé Montreal-Quebec City to Saint-Lambert, Drummondville, Sainte-Foy and Quebec City Ocean to Charny, Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski, Campbellton, Bathurst, Miramichi, Moncton and Halifax Ottawa-Montreal to Alexandria and Ottawa Montreal – Jonquière train to Shawinigan, Chambord, and Jonquière Toronto-Montreal to Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Oshawa and Toronto Amtrak Adirondack to Plattsburgh, Albany and New York City AMT Deux-Montagnes Line Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line Repentigny-Mascouche Line (future) History Central Station sits above and next to the site of the now-demolished Canadian Northern Railway's Tunnel Terminal. At the end of the 1920s, the newly formed Canadian National Railways struggled with disparate Montreal terminals (Bonaventure Station, Tunnel Terminal, Moreau Street Station, and McGill Street) and sought to consolidate them. The solution chosen was to take advantage of the Mount Royal Tunnel to bring trains from the north and east through the tunnel to a large electrified central station. Trains from the south and west gained access by a new elevated viaduct. (Interurban electric trains, however, ended up remaining at McGill Street terminal until the service was abandoned in 1956.) The new station plan allowed for the development of air-rights, similar to Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station in New York City. Construction started at the end of the 1920s, but was halted during the Great Depression. Construction resumed during World War II and the new station finally opened on July 14, 1943, as the first of a series of large-scale urban redevelopment projects undertaken by CNR and the federal government in Downtown Montreal. Central Station was designed by architect John Campbell Merrett. The opening of a 'central' station was part of a consolidation project undertaken by CNR since 1929 with the enactment of the Canadian National Montreal Terminals Act, 1929 by Parliament; this saw the closure of former temporary stations operated by CNR predecessors Grand Trunk (Bonaventure Station) and Canadian Northern. Central Station was an important passenger station for CN trains from 1943 until the creation of Via Rail in 1978. Following Via's full absorption of CP's passenger trains in 1978, intercity rail traffic from Windsor Station was slowly consolidated at Central Station. The final Via trains switched from Windsor Station to Central Station were the Quebec City trains that operated by way of Trois-Rivières (April 29, 1984). Amtrak's Adirondack was switched to Central Station on January 12, 1986. On September 3, 1984, a pipe bomb exploded inside a Central Station locker, killing 3 people and injuring 30 more. The bomb was alleged to have been set by retired American armed forces officer Thomas Bernard Brigham, who claimed[citation needed] to have been protesting Pope John Paul II's visit to Canada. Public transit connections The main concourse inside Central Station Metro Main article: Montreal Metro Bonaventure (Orange Line)[4] Square-Victoria (Orange Line) McGill (Green Line) by way of Place Ville Marie and Eaton Centre) STM buses Main article: Société de transport de Montréal STM regular routes No. Route Name[5] Route Map Schedule 36 Monk Map Schedule 61 Wellington Map Schedule 74 Bridge Map Schedule 75 de la Commune Map Schedule 107 Verdun (2 blocks west on boul. René Lévesque ouest / rue Peel) Map Schedule 150 René-Lévesque (on boul. René Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 168 Cité du Havre Map Schedule 410 Express Notre-Dame (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 430 Express Pointe-aux-trembles (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 480 Pointe-Nord-Île-des-Sœurs (University Street / de La Gauchetière Street or on René Lévesque Boulevard) Map Schedule 515 Old Port/Old Montreal (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 535 Voie réservée Du Parc / Côte-des-Neiges (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 747 Airport Express 24/7 (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Map Schedule Schedule STM night routes No. Route Name Route Map Schedule 358 Sainte-Catherine (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Schedule 747 Airport Express, 24/7 (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Map Schedule Schedule AMT buses Food court Les Halles de la gare Main article: Agence métropolitaine de transport No. Route Name Route Map Schedule 935 Trainbus Blainville / Centreville (on boul. René-Lévesque ouest) Map Afternoon schedule Other connecting buses Main article: Terminus Centre-Ville (AMT) RTL and inter municipal buses Connecting facilities Central Station is located adjacent to CN Headquarters and is an important link in the underground city, with tunnels to Place Ville-Marie, Place Bonaventure, the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 1000 de La Gauchetière and the Bonaventure metro station. The station includes Les Halles de la Gare, a shopping and restaurant complex. It also contains two parking facilities, one of which is a multi-level facility that is located above the station. The Montreal Planetarium is located nearby. References ^ Homburg Canada ^ ^ Art Deco Montreal, Tour of Central Station ^ Bonaventure Station ^ STM regular routes External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Central Station (Montreal) Via Rail station page for Central Station (Montreal) AMT station page, Deux-Montagnes Line (in French) AMT station page, Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line (in French) Montreal Via & Amtrak Station (Train Web) (in English) v · d · eAMT commuter rail lines Blainville–Saint-Jérôme Line Lucien-L'Allier • Vendôme • Montréal-Ouest • Parc • Chabanel • Bois-de-Boulogne • De La Concorde • Vimont • Sainte-Rose • Rosemère • Sainte-Thérèse • Blainville • Mirabel • Saint-Jérôme Vaudreuil-Hudson Line Lucien-L'Allier • Vendôme • Montréal-Ouest • Lachine • Dorval • Pine Beach • Valois • Pointe-Claire • Cedar Park • Beaconsfield • Beaurepaire • Baie-d'Urfé • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue • Île-Perrot • Pincourt • Dorion • Vaudreuil • Hudson Candiac Line Lucien-L'Allier • Vendôme • Montréal-Ouest • LaSalle • Sainte-Catherine • Saint-Constant • Delson • Candiac Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line Gare Centrale • Saint-Lambert • Saint-Hubert • Saint-Bruno • Saint-Basile-le-Grand • McMasterville • Mont-Saint-Hilaire Deux-Montagnes Line Gare Centrale • Canora • Mont-Royal • Montpellier • Du Ruisseau • Bois-Franc • Sunnybrooke • Roxboro-Pierrefonds • Île-Bigras • Sainte-Dorothée • Grand-Moulin • Deux-Montagnes Repentigny–Mascouche Line (future) Gare Centrale • Canora • Mont-Royal • de l'Acadie • Sauvé • Pie-IX • Lacordaire • Anjou • Rivière-des-Praires • Pointe-aux-Trembles • Charlemagne • Repentigny • Terrebonne • Mascouche v · d · eLandmarks of Montreal Museums Château Ramezay · Just for Laughs Museum · Biodome · Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum · Biosphère · Canadian Centre for Architecture · McCord Museum · Montreal Museum of Fine Arts · Musée d'art contemporain · Pointe-à-Callière Museum · Redpath Museum  · The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site · Montreal Science Centre  · Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site Churches Christ Church Cathedral · Church of St. Michael and St. Anthony · Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral · Notre-Dame Basilica · Saint James United Church · Saint Joseph's Oratory Skyscrapers 1000 de La Gauchetière · 1250 René-Lévesque · 1501 McGill College · Tour de la Bourse · Place Ville-Marie · Tour CIBC · Sun Life Building · Complexe Desjardins · Westmount Square Other structures Atwater Market · Bell Centre · Bonsecours Market · Casino de Montréal · Grande Bibliothèque · Habitat 67 · Jean-Talon Market · Montreal City Hall · Montreal Clock Tower · Montreal Forum · Mount Royal Cross · Olympic Stadium · Palais des congrès de Montréal · Place Bonaventure · Place des Arts · Windsor Station · Montreal World Trade Centre · Underground City Nature and parks Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park · Jarry Park · Lachine Canal · Maisonneuve Park · Montreal Botanical Garden · Mount Royal · Old Port · Oxford Park · Parc Jean-Drapeau · Parc Lafontaine Squares Cabot Square · Champ de Mars · Dorchester Square  · Phillips Square · Place d'Armes · Place du Canada · Place Émilie-Gamelin · Place Jacques-Cartier · Place d'Youville  · Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle · Victoria Square Islands Île Bizard · Île de la Visitation · Island of Montreal · Île Notre-Dame · Nuns' Island · Saint Helen's Island Transportation Agence métropolitaine de transport · Central Station · Montreal Metro · Société de transport de Montréal · Gare d'autocars de Montreal · Trudeau Airport Events Divers/Cité · Fantasia Festival · Festival du Nouveau Cinéma · Les FrancoFolies · Just for Laughs · L'International des Feux Loto-Québec · Montreal International Jazz Festival · Montreal World Film Festival Category:Montreal  · Portal:Montreal  · WikiProject:Montreal