Main Street–Science World station

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Main Street–Science World
SkyTrain station
Main Street-Science World Station 2016-12-19 12.10.45.jpg
Main Street–Science World Station, December 2016
Location 1399 Main Street, Vancouver
Coordinates 49°16′23″N 123°06′01″W / 49.273114°N 123.100348°W / 49.273114; -123.100348Coordinates: 49°16′23″N 123°06′01″W / 49.273114°N 123.100348°W / 49.273114; -123.100348
Owned by BC Transit, TransLink
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections Amtrak VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Pacific Central
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code MN
Fare zone 1
Opened June 27, 1983
Rebuilt 2013–15
Previous names Main Street station (1985–1990)
Passengers (2017[1]) 14,300
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
Mark II SkyTrain ready to leave Main Street–Science World Station, July 2006

Main Street–Science World (formerly Main Street) is an elevated station on the Expo Line of the SkyTrain system in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The station is accessible from both sides of Main Street at the intersection of Main Street and Terminal Avenue, and is adjacent to Pacific Central station, the city's inter-city railway and bus terminal.


Prior to SkyTrain opening for full revenue service, the station served as the western terminus of a short 1 km demonstration track during the summer of 1983. A single two-car prototype train ran both eastbound and westbound on the current westbound track, between the station and what was at that time the end of the completed guideway, at the eastern end of the centre median of Terminal Avenue.

In December 1985, SkyTrain began revenue service with the station opening as "Main Street" and was one of two stations that served the Expo 86 site: the other being Stadium–Chinatown station. This station served as an access point to the East Gate of Expo. This was the first elevated SkyTrain station to have buildings built around and above it, as seen with the Vancity tower on the west side of the station.

Once Expo 86 had ended, many of its buildings had either been torn down or removed. One of the few to remain was the nearby geodesic dome, known during the fair as "Expo Centre" and now one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. A science museum known as Science World subsequently moved into this space and on September 21, 1990, the station's name was hyphenated, adding "Science World" due to its proximity to the popular landmark attraction one block away. Older maps designated the station as "Science World-Main Street".

As part of a plan to upgrade high-traffic stations, refurbishment of the station began on 2013. Construction lasted from early 2013 until early 2016, resulting in a complete reconstruction of the station and improved access, safety, lighting and the installation of fare gates as part of the larger Compass smart-card system.[2][3][4]


  • The Main Street–Science World station is a major connection point for the TransLink Main Street trolley bus routes, as well as for the Via Rail and Amtrak trains that arrive and depart from the nearby Pacific Central station
  • The eastern terminus of the defunct Downtown Historic Railway was located near this station; that line's streetcars ran westbound along the south side of False Creek to Granville Island.
  • The eastern terminus of both False Creek Ferries and the Aquabus can also be found nearby just south of Science World.
  • Three restaurants are located within the station complex: Starbucks, A&W, and Tim Hortons. Prior to the opening of Starbucks in the original station house, the same space was occupied by "The Exchange"—a small newspaper/snack outlet that opened in 1986 as part of a retail programme initially set up with the introduction of SkyTrain.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

T Platform 1
 Expo Line westbound towards Waterfront (Stadium–Chinatown)
Island platform; Doors will open on the left
Platform 2
 Expo Line eastbound towards King George and Production Way–University (Commercial–Broadway)
S Street (West) West entrance and elevator access
Ticket vending machines, shops, fare gates
Street (East) East entrance and elevator access
Ticket vending machines, shops, bike storage, fare gates


  • West Entrance Handicapped/disabled access: located at west end of Main Street, serving to Science World and the False Creek ferries. Up and down escalators are available between street and platform levels as well as an elevator.
  • East Entrance Handicapped/disabled access: located on the east side of Main Street, beside Thornton Park and in close proximity to Pacific Central Station for long-distance rail and bus services. There is a station house including an elevator and up escalator access from street to platform level.

Transit connections[edit]

  • Transit connections includes local bus routes travelling southbound on Main Street, near the west entrance:[5]
3 Main
8 Fraser
19 Metrotown Station
N8 Fraser NightBus
N19 Surrey Central Station NightBus
  • One block north of the station on Main St, southbound near National Avenue:
3 Main
8 Fraser
19 Metrotown Station
22 Knight (AM peak hours only)
N8 Fraser NightBus
N19 Surrey Central Station NightBus
  • Community shuttle service from the 23 Davie is also available northbound on Station Street beside Pacific Central station, one block away from the east station entrance. The 23 also stops southbound on Quebec Street, one block away from the west station entrance beside Science World.
  • The east entrance serves local bus routes travelling northbound on Main Street:
3 Downtown
8 Downtown
19 Stanley Park
22 Downtown
N8 Downtown NightBus
N19 Downtown NightBus


  1. ^ "2017 Transit Service Performance Review" (PDF). TransLink. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Main Street-Science World Station Upgrades". South Coast B.C. Transit Authority. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "SkyTrain returns to normal service at Main Street-Science World station". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Main Street-Science World Station upgrades are now complete!". The Buzzer blog. 5 February 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Main Street–Science World (PDF) (Map). TransLink. August 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Main Street-Science World Station at Wikimedia Commons