Pacific Central Station
|Location||1150 Station Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Owned by||Via Rail|
|Platforms||3 island platforms|
|Connections||Main Street–Science World|
|Architect||Pratt and Ross|
|Architectural style||Beaux-Arts style|
|Station code||Amtrak code:VAC
VIA Rail: VCVR
|Opened||1919 (Canadian Northern Railway)|
|Passengers (2011)||149,691 (Amtrak)|
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 and the main Vancouver terminal for Greyhound Canada. 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; they began to use Pacific Central Station again for their new Coastal Passage route in 2013. The station is used for the international trip section between Vancouver and Seattle. While the route section between Vancouver to Jasper and Banff operates out of the Rocky Mountaineer Station.
- Via Rail
- Amtrak Cascades: Twice Daily cross-border service to Seattle, Portland
- Rocky Mountaineer
- Pacific Coach Lines
- Greyhound Canada
- Daily coach service to Bellingham and Seattle
- Cantrail Coachlines Inc.
- Daily Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service to Bellingham and Seattle
- Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
- Daily Connecting Service with BC Ferries to Victoria
- Sunshine Coast Connector
- Daily Coach service to Sunshine Coast to Powell River
- Tofino Bus
- Daily coach service to Vancouver Island
The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991. 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.
Pacific Central Station is immediately adjacent to SkyTrain's Main Street–Science World station. Westbound trains on the Expo Line go into downtown Vancouver near hotels, office towers, shopping, businesses and other attractions toward Waterfront station (formerly the Canadian Pacific station), which offers connections to the SeaBus, West Coast Express commuter trains and other metro lines. Eastbound trains on the Expo Line ferries locals into the suburbs, such as Burnaby Coquitlam, Surrey, and New Westminster.
- Great American Stations: Vancouver
- "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
- "Amtrak Cascades: 2011 Performance D" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Pacific Coach - Head Office
- Greyhound Canada: Vancouver Main Terminal at the Wayback Machine (archived April 2, 2017)
- Ottawa to fund multi-million reno of Vancouver train station at the Wayback Machine (archived December 4, 2010)
Media related to Vancouver Pacific Central Station at Wikimedia Commons