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Metro Roulette: A View from the South

Posted by Jer / September 12, 2006

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At the end of Montreal's most stumpy and yellow Metro line lies station Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke. The station is not only the premier link to Montreal's south shore, it also gives transit riders access to the "exciting" Place Charles-Lemoyne shopping mall, Place Longueuil and, as its name implies, Université de Sherbrooke's Longueuil campus.

As a nouveau Montréalais, I haven't....wait. Let me rephrase that. As an extremely lazy person, I haven't managed to make it to the other shore since moving here a year ago. Luckily for me, Metro Roulette's random draw mechanism forced me onto what I had always considered Montreal's "forbidden" shore.

ludsphone.jpgThe Longueuil-U-de-S station itself is not as attractive as the bright yellow signs leading you to it would suggest. The platform facade, half of which is currently covered by scaffolding, is made up of dull mustard-tinged cement squares. This is a no frills station. No interesting waiting areas, benches or architectural features underground. Just a platform and an exit. If the subway line has an ass end, this certainly feels like it.

The stop marks the end of the line (or "terminus" in Metro speak) and there are no turnstiles as you exit the platform. Transit riders get spit out into a mini-mall, Places Charles-Lemoyne, complete with its own police counter, health services center, pharmacy, flower store and McDo's. ludsbrass.jpgLike the station below it, the mini-mall isn't an aesthetic masterpiece, but readers will be pleased to know that it houses an S.A.Q., 2 dépaneurs and a brasserie. Unfortunately, the "bière et vin" store was renovating. Here's to getting loaded before hitting the Metro. The mall also offers a line of over 24 public telephones for residents of Longueuil who, apparently, enjoy making calls from the metro.

Things brighten up a bit when you walk into the AMT bus terminus. Huge glass windows give a front row view of dozens of buses while you wait for yours. Countless bus routes leave from here; stay tuned for MP's upcoming AMT Roulette for more details. The AMT terminal entrance also offers the station's only real architectural treat: strange blue squigglies.
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Originally known as simply Longueuil, the station was renamed in 2002 to recognize the Université de Sherbrooke campus located just a few steps from the station's entrance. Being early September, I figured frosh week would be in full swing and seeing some first years sounded like a pretty sweet gig. Unfortunately, the Longueuil branch is not U de S's pride and joy. The "campus" is the fifth floor of an office tower and looks more like an office of Deloitte and Touche than a university. I'm all for higher education, I think I just had bigger expectations.

Other than the campus and the quasi-luxurious Hotel Sandman, there's not much within walking distance of the station. Place Longueuil, true to it's brilliant slogan, has more than 140 stores. Not a mall person, I decided to look elsewhere for fun. A ten minute walk along rue St. Charles, under the Jacques Cartier on ramp, led me to what would be my oasis. The Tutti Frutti ice cream parlour serves a delicious chocolate banana milkshake should you ever need one ("do you want real bananas or banana syrup with that?"). The shake was as delicious as the irony of traveling all the way to Longueuil to end up on St. Laurent St. for a good time.ludstutti.jpg

Further along my walk I found residential streets with pleasant looking houses. An above average garden, complete with an outdoor birdcage, and Brasserie Renaud stand out as highlights. Unbeknownst to me, Île Ste. Hélène is not the only small island worth checking out in Montreal. As the sign above Renaud's announces, the taverne offers access to iles de poulet. Fridays only though. Damn you chicken island...next time. ludsrenaud.jpg

As I returned to the station, the sun was setting. A glorious view of the Jacques Cartier bridge and the roller coasters at La Ronde off in the distance made me realize that while beauty may not lie within the walls of the Longueuil-U-de-S metro nor in its immediate surroundings, there is still beauty for those who seek it. It was at this soul-searching moment that I came across a sidewalk stone with my name on it. Was this fate? Was I meant to visit Longueuil-U-de-S and and taste its Tutti Frutti milkshake? Or had I already been here before in some former time? I was left with these questions as I contemplated hitting the brasserie in the station before departing the south shore.

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