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Pacific Central Station

Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is a railway station which acts as the western terminus of Via Rail's cross-country The Canadian to Toronto and the northern terminus of Amtrak’s Cascades to Seattle and Portland. The station also provides intercity coach service, being the head office and bus depot of Pacific Coach Lines[7] and the main Vancouver terminal for Greyhound Bus Lines. The station is wheelchair-accessible and is staffed with full Via services.

Pacific Central
Pacific Central Station Vancouver.jpg
Location1150 Station Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6A 4C7
Coordinates49°16′25″N 123°05′53″W / 49.27361°N 123.09806°W / 49.27361; -123.09806Coordinates: 49°16′25″N 123°05′53″W / 49.27361°N 123.09806°W / 49.27361; -123.09806
Owned byVia Rail[1]
Platforms3 island platforms
Tracks7
Train operators3
Bus stands24
Bus operators
ConnectionsTranslinkexpo.svg Main Street–Science World
Construction
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectPratt and Ross
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts style[5]
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code:VAC
IATA: XEA
VIA Rail: VCVR
History
Opened1919 (Canadian Northern Railway)
Previous namesCanadian National Railway Station
Traffic
Passengers (2011)149,691[6] (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
TerminusCanadian
Eastbound service only
toward Toronto
Westbound service only
toward Toronto
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Amtrak CascadesTerminus
Rocky Mountaineer
Terminus
Coastal Passage
toward Banff or Jasper
Former services
Preceding station   Rocky Mountaineer   Following station
TerminusFirst Passage to the West
toward Calgary
Journey through the Clouds
toward Jasper
Designated1991
Reference no.4527

The Amtrak Cascades provides two daily round trips from Vancouver. One goes to Seattle, Washington; the other continues on to Portland, Oregon. Rather than stopping for an immigration inspection at the border, as happens with the Adirondack to Montreal and Maple Leaf to Toronto, Amtrak passengers go through Canadian customs at the station upon arrival. Passengers bound for the United States go through United States border preclearance prior to boarding in Vancouver.

The Rocky Mountaineer operated from Pacific Central Station until moving to the nearby Rocky Mountaineer Station in 2005; they began to use Pacific Central Station again for their new Coastal Passage route in 2013.

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FacilityEdit

 
The station in 1918, known as False Creek Station. Shows the land around the building being filled in.
 
Seen in 1981, when the large neon sign was for Canadian National Railway

The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.[5] On November 8, 2010, the Canadian government announced a $5.1 million plan to rebuild parts of the station, including refurbishing windows, masonry, and the roof of the building.[12]

Public transitEdit

Pacific Central Station is immediately adjacent to SkyTrain's Main Street–Science World station. Westbound, SkyTrain stops at Downtown Vancouver stations, located near hotels, office towers, shopping, and other attractions, terminating at Waterfront station, which offers connections to the SeaBus, West Coast Express commuter trains, and the Canada Line. Eastbound, the SkyTrain connects with the Millennium Line and continues as far as Surrey, British Columbia.

 
Pacific Central during the 2010 Winter Olympics

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Great American Stations: Vancouver
  2. ^ Riders Express Transportation
  3. ^ Tofino Bus
  4. ^ Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
  5. ^ a b "Canadian National Railways / VIA Rail Station". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. September 1, 1991. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 1150 Station Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
  6. ^ "Amtrak Cascades: 2011 Performance D" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Pacific Coach - Head Office
  8. ^ Cantrail Coachlines Inc.
  9. ^ Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
  10. ^ Riders Express Transportation
  11. ^ Tofino Bus
  12. ^ "Ottawa to fund multi-million reno of Vancouver train station". Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.

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