Jean-Talon is one of the four transfer stations of the Montreal Metro, serving both the Orange and Blue lines.
It was named in honour of Jean-Talon street, which was named in honour of Jean Talon, who was intendant of New France.
The station has four entrances, 7100 Berri, 430 Jean-Talon East, 522 Jean-Talon East, and a fully automated entrance on 780 Jean-Talon East. The entrances are all nice and attractive, each being more independent looking than the others. Having been built in different eras, they constitute a good mix of materials and colours, and each one has its own charm.
The Orange line was originally the only one at this station, and its side platforms are the highest. Their design is relatively modest, with the majority of the walls and floor being in tones of grey. The floor around the sections which lead to the Blue line are orange as a way of showing those who arrive that this is the Orange line platform. Since the Blue line service ends earlier, there are grills that can be closed when it's not in service.
In order to link the Orange line and Blue line platforms, large volumes were built on both sides of the station. They are beautiful, with orange and blue flooring and greyish walls. Directional panels are suspended from the ceiling, and are also in orange and blue, with their look similar to those at Snowdon, although there they are installed on the walls instead of from the ceiling. Also in these spaces, you can see some chazy limestone, which is the rock from which the station was built.
In order not to close the Orange line when the Blue line was built, the Blue line was built with stacked platforms. The Snowdon platform is the upper one. Trains on this platform have doors opening on the left. The highlight of this platform is a wall mural by Judith Bricault Klein that represents the transfer between the two lines. The Saint-Michel platform is lower and despite having a blue floor and blue seats (like the Snowdon platform), the walls are more in tones of grey and brown.
Points of interest include Plaza Saint-Hubert, which is a group of stores and restaurants grouped together, and also Jean-Talon market, Little Italy, as well as Tour Jean-Talon, which is an office tower from which an entry to the station is integrated.
One unique feature is the stacked platforms on the Blue line which also result in trains on Snowdon platforms having doors open on the left. It is also the only station in the network that was built as a single-line station and was changed into a transfer station.
One of the most beautiful artworks in all the network is Judith Bricault Klein's enamelled steel mural of 256 panels. Another great piece of art is Gilbert Sauvé's mural on both of the Blue line platforms, which are blue arrows combined with orange circles on concrete which indicate the direction the trains are going.