A Mark II SkyTrain ready to leave Main Street-Science World Station westbound
1983*, December 11, 1985
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Main Street – Science World 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 St. 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.
Main Street – Science World station was one of two SkyTrain stations that serviced the Expo 86 site - the other was Stadium–Chinatown Station. Opened for regular service in 1985 (and full revenue service in 1986), this station served as an access point to the East Gate of Expo 86.
Prior to the beginning of regular SkyTrain operations, Main Street Station (as it was then called) served during the summer of 1983 as the western terminus of a short, 1-kilometre-long demonstration section of track. A single 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.
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. A few years later, in 1989, the SkyTrain station added "Science World" to its name, due to its proximity to this popular attraction, just one block away.
In late 2004, Science World officially changed its name to the Telusphere, and later to Telus World of Science; this change has not yet been reflected in the name of this SkyTrain station.
Plans to give the 26 year old station a complete architectural facelift and extension are currently underway and won't commence until after the 2010 Winter Olympics. Main Street – Science World is the oldest station on the Expo Line.
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The Main Street-Science World station was the first elevated station on the SkyTrain line to have buildings built around and above it, as witnessed by the Vancity tower on the west side of the station.
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