Day 77 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Metro, Boulot, Dodo

Feature Story of the Day: The Montreal Metro

Welcome to the land of Metro, where people meet but rarely mingle. The Montreal Metro is a rubber-tired system, and the main form of public transportation in the city of Montreal. 

The Metro, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), was inaugurated on October 141966, during the tenure of Mayor Jean Drapeau. Originally consisting of 26 stations on three separate lines, the Metro now incorporates 68 stations on four lines measuring 65.33 km (40.59 mi) in length, serving the north, east, and centre of the Island of Montreal. The metro system is currently Canada’s second longest and second in total annual passenger usage (second to Toronto’s subway system), serving 289.1 million riders a year (transfers not included); according to the STM website, the metro system has transported over 6 billion passengers as of 2006, roughly equivalent to the world’s population. The Montreal Metro was inspired by the Paris Metro and in turn is also the inspiration for the Lyon Metro constructed a few years later, which shares the same rubber-wheel car design and Montreal Metro station architecture. 


Passing the time, waiting for the Metro. How many hours in our lives do we spend waiting for trains, buses and airplanes? 

Passing the time waiting for the Metro.


 Once they’re on the Metro, they’ll have no choice but to sit closer together. 



3 Responses to “Day 77 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Metro, Boulot, Dodo”

  1. 1 Franco Reda
    December 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Hello Heide & Tim,

    Love your pics of Montreal, and your faces of the day features. One omission though. We met this week at Schwartz’s deli. I work there & took your card as you left the premises. Where are all the pictures you took of this institution? You must include Schwartz’s…otherwise your website would be woefully incomplete. Good luck the rest of the way, and drive carefully!

    Kind regard, Franco.

    • 2 CelebrateCanada2010
      December 20, 2008 at 9:23 pm

      Yes Franco, we are definitely doing a piece on Schwartz’s…we just haven’t put it all together yet. We could have spent a few hours shooting, there were so many great moments to capture. Stay tuned….we will have it up sooner than later! Thanks for checking out our blog!

  2. 3 Franco Reda
    January 1, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hello Tim & Heide,

    Happy New Year to you both. Too bad you had to celebrate it in Toronto.
    Regarding Schwartz’s Deli, were you aware that Garry Beitel did a documentary film on this landmark institution a couple of years ago, called Chez Schwartz? If you’ve never seen it, you’d probably appreciate the cinematography, given the inherent challenges in the tight quarters of The Hallowed Halls. If you want to see the trailer, you may view it at http://www.schwartzsdeli.com, our official website. Part of the film focuses on the panhandlers outside the deli, one of whom was the famed Oscar winner Ryan Larkin (NFB, documentary film maker), who passed away shortly after the completion of this project. As videographers, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the film. Since I’ve only been at Schwartz’s for 18 months, I do not appear in the film. It would have been a much better effort, had I been there to contribute! Drive carefully.


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