Préfontaine is a station on the Green Line of Montreal's Metro. The station received its name due to the fact of being partly underneath parc Raymond-Préfontaine, which is close to rue Préfontaine.
The station has very colourful entrance buildings, located on opposite sides of rue Hochelaga. The entrances have a very geometric shape with lots of angles and corners and are decorated in multiple colours. They feature plenty of glass windows and the Metro arrow logo is also featured as directional aids to the doors.
Once inside, the main mezzanine area is covered by a glass roof, supported by long red steel trusses. The natural light in this area is very abundant, creating a cheerful and welcoming space. After passing through the fare gates, the accesses to the platforms are located on either side and are cleverly marked by more Metro arrow logos. This is also repeated on the platform level to point to the stairs to reach the mezzanine level.
Continuing down to the platforms, they receive natural light in the central section, while the rest is illuminated with artificial light.
The most unique features of Préfontaine are clearly the number of windows and skylights that bring in lots of natural light, the colourful entrances and the interesting use of the Metro arrow logo as a directional aid and cue.
The station itself is a work of art, from the geometric shapes and colours found outside at the entrances to the interior of the mezzanine and beyond. In addition, the way the light casts its rays along the floor and walls throughout the day can be quite stunning and is easily seen by passengers on trains passing through the station.
STATION FACTS AND MAP
- Opening Date: June 6, 1976
- Line: 1
- Previous Station: Frontenac
- Following Station: Joliette
- Entrances: 2
STATION RIDERSHIP (2019)
- Total Entries: 2,058,784
- Weekday Average: 7,591
- Saturday Average: 3,916
- Sunday Average: 3,057
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.