Main Street-Science World Station

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Main Street-Science World Station

Main Street – Science World Station (formerly Main Street Station) 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 Station" 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 witnessed by 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." Now one of the city's most recognizable landmarks, a science museum known as Science World moved into this space. On September 21, 1990, the station's name was hyphenated adding "Science World", due to its proximity to the then-newly popular landmark attraction one block away. Original maps designated the station as "Science World-Main Street."

With the station remaining the oldest on the Expo Line, plans to give the 27-year old station an architectural facelift and platform extension are currently underway but will not commence until after the 2010 Winter Olympics.

  • The Main Street-Science World station is a major connection point for the TransLink Main Street trolley bus routes (including Routes #3 Main/Downtown, #8 Fraser/Downtown, and #19 Stanley Park/Metrotown Station), 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 Downtown Historic Railway is located near this station; that line's streetcars run 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.
  • The station is within walking distance of four fast food chains including Starbucks, Burger King, McDonald's and Tim Hortons. Prior to the opening of Starbucks, the same space was occupied by the "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.
Bus routes

3 Main / Marine Drive Station 3 Downtown 8 Fraser 8 Downtown 19 Metrotown Station 19 Stanley Park 22 Knight (Peak only) 22 Macdonald (Peak only) C21 Beach C23 Davie (Peak only) N8 Fraser N8 Downtown N19 Surrey Central Station N19 Downtown

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