Pacific Central Station

Pacific Central Station is a railway station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 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 bus service as the main Vancouver terminal for Greyhound Lines. The station is wheelchair-accessible and is staffed with full Via services.

Pacific Central
Pacific Central 02.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
Passengers
2011149,691[6] (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
Terminus Canadian Mission Harbour
toward Toronto
Abbotsford
One-way operation
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Bellingham Amtrak Cascades Terminus
Former services
Preceding station Rocky Mountaineer Following station
Terminus First Passage to the West Kamloops
towards Banff
Journey through the Clouds Kamloops
towards Jasper
Seattle
Terminus
Coastal Passage Rocky Mountaineer
towards Banff or Jasper
Preceding station Canadian National Railway Following station
Terminus Main Line New Westminster
toward Montreal
Preceding station VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
Terminus Super Continental Jasper
toward Toronto
Preceding station Great Northern Railway Following station
New Westminister
toward Seattle
Vancouver, BC – Seattle Terminus
Designated1991
Reference no.4527
Location
Pacific Central Station is located in Greater Vancouver Regional District
Pacific Central Station
Pacific Central Station
Location in Vancouver
Pacific Central Station is located in British Columbia
Pacific Central Station
Pacific Central Station
Location in British Columbia
Pacific Central Station is located in Canada
Pacific Central Station
Pacific Central Station
Location in Canada

HistoryEdit

 
The station in 1918, then known as False Creek Station. Shows the land around the building being filled in.

Pacific Central Station was dedicated on November 2, 1919, a day after the first Canadian National trains began using the station.[7][8] It was originally named False Creek Station and was designed by the architecture firm Pratt and Ross.[9] The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.[5]

Amtrak service to the terminal was originally offered on the Pacific International from 1972 to 1981, when it ceased due to budget cuts.[10] Cross-border service returned in 1995 with the introduction of the Mount Baker International, which was later folded into the modern-day Cascades brand.[11]

On November 8, 2010, the Canadian government announced a CA$5.1-million plan to rebuild parts of the station, including refurbishing windows, masonry, and the roof of the building.[12]

ServicesEdit

RailEdit

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; it used the Pacific Central Station again for the Coastal Passage route from 2013 to 2019.

The West Coast Express, Vancouver's commuter rail service, does not use Pacific Central Station, as it runs on Canadian Pacific trackage. Its downtown terminus is Waterfront station.

BusEdit

Pacific Central Station is Vancouver's main intercity bus terminal.

Intercity coaches
Bus company Destinations
BCFerries Connector[2] Victoria
BoltBus Bellingham, Seattle[a]
Cantrail Coachlines Inc.[16] (as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach) Bellingham, Seattle[a]
Ebus (Pacific Western Transportation) Kelowna, Kamloops, and Edmonton
Greyhound Lines Bellingham, Seattle[a]
Rider Express[3] Kamloops, Revelstoke, Banff, and Calgary
YVR Skylynx Squamish, Whistler

Public transitEdit

Pacific Central Station is immediately adjacent to Main Street–Science World station on the Expo Line of Greater Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Routes to the United States are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic–related border restrictions.[13][14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Great American Stations: Vancouver
  2. ^ a b BCFerries Connector
  3. ^ a b Rider Express Transportation
  4. ^ Vancouver Island Connector
  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. ^ "New C. N. Station is Declared Open By Mayor Gale". The Vancouver Sun. November 2, 1919. p. 1. Retrieved January 24, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ "C.N.R. Trains Today Enter and Leave Fine New Depot". The Province. November 1, 1919. p. 12. Retrieved January 24, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.  
  9. ^ Mackie, John (November 14, 2012). "This day in history: November 2, 1919". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Amtrak train ends run". The Province. October 1, 1981. p. A6. Retrieved January 24, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ Daniels, Alan (May 25, 1995). "Seattle-Vancouver train service back on track". The Vancouver Sun. p. A1. Retrieved January 24, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.  
  12. ^ "Ottawa to fund multi-million reno of Vancouver train station". Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ https://www.boltbus.com/travel-alerts/
  14. ^ https://www.cantrail.com/covid-19-service-suspension/
  15. ^ https://www.greyhound.com/en/help-and-info/travel-info/schedule-service-changes
  16. ^ Cantrail Coachlines Inc.

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