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Pacific Central
Pacific Central 02.jpg
Location 1150 Station Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6A 4C7
Coordinates 49°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 by Via Rail
Platforms 3 island platforms
Tracks 7
Train operators 3
Bus stands 24
Bus operators
  • Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
  • Bus interchange BCFerries Connector
  • Bus interchange BoltBus
  • Bus interchange Ebus
  • Greyhound Lines Greyhound Lines
  • Bus interchange Rider Express Transportation
  • Bus interchange Vancouver Island Connector
  • Bus interchange YVR Skylynx
Connections Translinkexpo.svg Main Street–Science World
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Architect Pratt and Ross
Architectural style Beaux-Arts style
Other information
Station code Amtrak code:VAC
IATA: XEA
Via Rail: VCVR
History
Opened 1919 (Canadian Northern Railway)
Previous names Canadian National Railway Station
Traffic
Passengers (2011) 149,691 (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
Heritage Railway Station (Canada)
Designated 1991
Reference no. 4527
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Location

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.

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.

Services

Rail

Bus

  • BoltBus
    • Daily coach service to Bellingham and Seattle
  • Cantrail Coachlines Inc.
    • Daily Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service to Bellingham and Seattle
  • Ebus (Pacific Western Transportation)
  • Greyhound Bus Lines
  • Rider Express Transportation
  • Vancouver Island Connector
  • BCFerries Connector
  • YVR Skylynx

History

False Creek station e1f023f2-6300-48b0-806b-3a04ceb0b680-A09113
The station in 1918, 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 trains began using the station. It was originally named False Creek Station and was designed by the architecture firm Pratt and Ross. The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.

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

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.

Public transit

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

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