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Going to Main Street-Science World? Look for the Train2Main


Train2Main service starts March 30

You’ve probably noticed that Main Street–Science World Stations is getting some much needed upgrades. Work is moving along at the east side of the station, and the second phase of construction is about to start.

To keep the station open during this phase of construction, SkyTrain will operate a special two-car train, Train2Main, to get customers to and from the station.

Do you travel to/from Main Street-Science World Station?

Train2Main service will start March 30 and operate for approximately six months. Here’s some helpful information:

  • Train2Main will provide service to and from Main Street-Science World from Waterfront, Burrard, Granville, Stadium-Chinatown and Commercial-Broadway Stations.
  • Regular four and six car trains on the Expo Line and Millenium Line will operate as normal during this time, except they will not stop at Main Street–Science World Station.
  • Passengers travelling to Main Street-Science World from the east will transfer to Train2Main at Commercial-Braodway station.
  • Passengers travelling to Main Street-Science World from downtown Vancouver will use the Train2Main.
  • Passengers using Train2Main should plan 10 minutes of extra travel time.

Thanks for your patience as we make these much-needed improvements at Main Street-Science World Station. When complete in winter 2014/15, the upgraded station will improve the overall customer experience at one of the busiest stations in the SkyTrain system. To learn more, visit

Author: Jennifer Morland


  • By Donald, March 17, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    Will the trains be wrapped in pink by any chance?

  • By Jennifer Binnington, March 17, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    @Donald, we looked into doing that but it wasn’t possible because trains are swapped out for maintenance work. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • By raymond, March 17, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Will the train display at the station say next train train2main.

  • By Jennifer Binnington, March 18, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    @raymond, We can’t use ‘2’ on the platform LED signs, but they’ll say “Train to Main Street”. There will also be passenger announcements on the SkyTrain!

  • By Robert, March 18, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    I hope for the sake of visually impaired riders that passenger announcements indicating which line the train is operating will not be over-ridden by announcements for standing passengers to hold on when trains are in motion, as has been occurring on occasion lately. It’s good to remind people to hold on, but maybe these announcements should be made midway between stations that are well apart. Tag those announcements to suitable physical locations along the route, just as announcements that “the next stop is…” are started at specific locations prior to station entry.

  • By Eric B, March 19, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    I agree with Robert. Those announcements are being made while trains are at stations. I’ve been on a train where such an announcement was being made as the doors were closing, without the doo-doo-DOO chime. Another time, the next-station announcement was interrupted.

    Has TransLink asked for feedback on these pre-recorded announcements? It would be interesting to hear what other people think about them.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, March 19, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    Hi Robert and Eric: This is very valuable feedback. I wasn’t aware that these announcements were being made during station and chime announcements. I’ll look into this a.s.a.p. and hopefully have something for you soon!

  • By Sheba, March 19, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    You should check out this post from January

  • By raymond, March 19, 2014 @ 11:48 pm

    Hi there im still confused, say im taking the skytrain from stadium chinatown, then do i need to transfer to the train2main to go to main street science world.

  • By Jennifer Binnington, March 20, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    @raymond, Hello! If you’re headed to Main Street Science World from any station downtown (including Stadium-Chinatown) you’ll be able to hop right onto Train2Main from your stop. If you’re headed to Main Street-Science World from any station east of Commercial-Broadway, then you’ll have to transfer at Commercial-Broadway. Check out for some more information!

  • By Robert, March 21, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    The pre-recorded announcements appear to be made at a clock face interval of 20 minutes (0, 20, and 40 minutes after the top of the hour). This morning the announcements for the next station were pre-empted for both Edmonds and Stadium-Chinatown.

  • By Cliff, March 21, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    Will these be featuring rarely seen 2 car mk 1 married couplets? I don’t think I’ve seen one since I was a kid.

  • By raymond, March 23, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

    What if im travelling from main street station to stadium, then do i need to ride a different train

  • By Eugene Wong, March 23, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    Raymond, if you only need to travel between Stadium Station and Main Street Station, then you -**|ONLY|**- ride Train2Main in -**|BOTH|**- directions.

  • By Anonymous, March 30, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

    Can I use the Train2Main,to go to Waterfront from Main Street Science World?

  • By Jennifer Binnington, March 31, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    @Anonymous – yes! In fact, if you will take the Train2Main to get to any station if you’re travelling from Main Street Science World.

  • By Anonymous, March 30, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    Can I use the Train2Main, to go to Waterfront from Chinatown-Stadium?

  • By Jennifer Binnington, March 31, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    @Anonymous – the Train2Main will stop at all stations between Commercial-Broadway and Waterfront, including Stadium-Chinatown, but we encourage riders to use the Millennium or Expo Line if they don’t have to travel to Main Street-Science World Station as the Train2Main is only two-cars.

  • By ;-), March 30, 2014 @ 11:05 pm


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