Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke is a station on the Yellow Line of Montreal's Metro. The name of the station was originally Longueuil, but it was renamed to Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke on September 26, 2003, due to the university being located on the same site. This station was part of the initial metro network, even though it opened to the public nearly six months after the Green and Orange lines. This station is the southern terminus of the line.
This station located on the south shore of the city of Longueuil is found underneath place Charles-Le Moyne, with the platforms at 4.3m below the street level, placing it among the two shallowest stations in the metro network. As a result, the entrances to the station are unique in the entire metro system. Passengers arriving at the station exit the train and head upstairs to reach the building above, without passing through fare gates. Passengers departing head down other stairs and reach the platform level, with the fare gates located directly on the platform and only meters from the metro trains themselves. As such, it is not possible to switch from one platform to the other without having to pass through fare gates.
There are no doors to gain direct access to the metro station from outside, rather, passengers must enter place Charles-Le Moyne to reach the station. Despite its small size, the architecture has a kind of Aztec or Mayan feel to it from the angles and lines embedded in the concrete walls and supports. The ceiling height is fairly low, and the platforms are not very deep, due to the fare gates and booth also being located in the same space.
There have long been discussions of extending the Yellow Line beyond this station, however to this date, there have not been any firm plans or agreements on doing so.
The most unique feature of this station is without a doubt the interesting way passengers enter and exit the station. As it is a terminus station, there are no fare gates on the arrivals platform, as it is only used for passengers disembarking the train. Departing passengers enter the station via place Charles-Le Moyne by stairs and directly reach the platform level. It is here that the fare gates are found, not even 10 feet from the metro trains themselves. This interesting arrangement is unique in the entire metro system and plays heavily in the layout and arrangement of the station.
As interesting as this is, should the line ever be extended beyond this station, it is unclear if it will be possible to modify the station to permit switching from one platform to another without passing through fare gates, in part due to its extremely shallow depth.
There is no official public artwork in this station, however, the concrete supports, angled walls and lines embedded into the concrete do help create a unique look.
STATION RIDERSHIP (2019)
- Total Entries: 8,504,353
- Weekday Average: 32,041
- Saturday Average: 14,265
- Sunday Average: 10,463
The numbers above are the total sum of entries at the station for the year 2019. Transfers between lines and exits from the station are not counted. The weekday and weekend averages are based on the fall 2019 period of Sept 3 to Dec 6, 2019.