Each of the station pages on this website uses icons to show what equipment and services each station offers. Here's some more information about these installations.
The system operates a total of 290 escalators (plus 2 moving sidewalks at Beaudry); all but a few shallow stations have escalators, and Berri-UQAM station alone has 26. The shallowest are at McGill station - a matter of some 4 metres.
New escalators that slow down in order to save power when nobody is using them have recently been installed in certain stations.
The three Laval stations have elevators, and a long-term plan calls for the installation of elevators in some key stations in the rest of the network, beginning with Lionel-Groulx and moving on to Berri-UQAM, Henri-Bourassa, Bonaventure, Côte-Vertu, and Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke.
MTQ report on accessibility (.pdf format, in French)
Every station platform is equipped with several assistance stations for emergency use. These cabinets include a direct telephone to the metro control centre, a switch allowing the current to the tracks to be cut off, and a fire extinguisher. They are identified with the blue hand signal, as well as by special blue lighting in some stations.
Several stations also have direct assistance telephones installed elsewhere in the station, such as in far-flung accesses and automatic entries.
Fire equipment cabinets
All station platforms are equipped with fire equipment cabinets at the end of the platforms. These contain a fire hose and a switch allowing power to the tracks to be cut off.
Bell Canada provides pay phone service at each station, as individual phones, phone pillars, and phone banks. Most stations have phones at all levels of the station, including platforms, mezzanine, and kiosks.
Like all Bell pay phones, they can be used for local and long-distance calling using coins ($0,50 for a local call), credit cards, calling cards, or the Bell La Puce card. Calls to directory assistance, repair services, and 9-1-1 are free.
Many stations provide special bicycle racks outside the entrances for the exclusive use of commuters. A hinged portion swings up to secure the wheels and frame; it can then be locked shut using a bicycle lock.
Most downtown stations do not provide bike racks; however, there are often City of Montreal bike racks available near station entrances. Bicycles may be brought into the metro outside of rush hour (except during certain special events). Passengers with bicycles must ride in the front car of the train. Bicycles may not be ridden within the station.
BIXI bicycle lending station
BIXI, a new bicycle lending system introduced in 2009, allows you to automatically borrow a bicycle from any of its 3,000 stations and use it free for a half-hour, or longer for a fee, from May to November, returning it to any other station. Day, month, and year memberships are available.
The initial BIXI project has stations installed throughout the boroughs of Ville-Marie, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, and Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, as well as parts of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Outremont, and Le Sud-Ouest.
Most stations are located near a designated area for taxis to wait for customers.
The AMT provides special "park & ride" lots at certain suburban stations. These allow commuters to leave their cars and take the metro into town, avoiding traffic and parking hassles. AMT website (in French)
In addition, a number of Stationnement de Montréal's parking lots are located adjacent to or very near metro stations. (Stationnement de Montréal is the company that runs the City of Montreal's network of parking lots and meters. Stationnement de Montréal (in French))
Naturally, private parking lots and metered and free parking spaces are available within convenient walking distance of most stations.
Waiting area for cars
At certain stations, a free short-term parking area or street loop provides a place for drivers who are dropping off or picking up commuters - also known as "kiss 'n' ride" facilities.
Demagnetized CAM exchange
At these stations, CAM and CAM Hebdo passes that have become demagnetized can be replaced free throughout the month or week that they are valid. (If you need to travel and your CAM is demagnetized, you can show it to the changer.)
Note that Berri-UQAM station also sells CAMs and CAM Hebdos at all times. (Other stations only sell them at the beginning of the month or week.)
Tourist passes sold in summer
All but a few stations have a convenience store selling snacks, magazines, and newspapers. These are operated by independent entrepreneurs who rent the space from the STM.
Other businesses in the station
The STM rents space in certain major stations to various shops and services besides convenience stores. These range from restaurants, cafés, and bars to clothing boutiques, drugstores, photo finishers, and hair salons. Only businesses that are located directly in the station are counted, not those that are merely accessible through the underground city.
Besides these permanently located businesses, temporary book sales and other kinds of kiosks and interventions are commonplace in the busier stations.
Auto Photo operates 38 photo booths in 29 stations, through a contract that earns $100 000/year in rent for the STM.
Many stations have ATMs available. Please note that most are generic ATMs that charge extra fees, although some are owned by banks (including Banque Nationale, Caisse Populaire Desjardins, and TD Canada Trust).
Electronic timetable display
The Métrovision systems involve overhead projectors or LCD monitors that screen news and commercial programming along with the times to the next trains.
The STM has set up specific areas in which buskers are permitted to perform. There are restrictions on volume. Scheduling is controlled by the buskers themselves; each morning, buskers arrive early to sign up for valuable time slots.
At certain busy stations, Bell Canada has provided public internet terminals for passengers to check their email or surf the Web. These can be operated with coins or with a credit card. The listing below also includes one station (Guy-Concordia) with an internet café inside the station.