Other nearby facilities include the downtown campuses for Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, federal government services in the Sinclair Centre, the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the Harbour Centre revolving restaurant and observation deck. Underground passages connect to the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and Canada Place, while a second street-level entrance opens onto Howe Street.
Waterfront Station is the downtown Vancouver terminus for the following TransLink services:
HeliJet International does not directly serve Waterfront Station, but its helipad is adjacent to the SeaBus terminal and passengers can use the SeaBus's overhead walkway to access Waterfront Station's main terminal building. The float plane terminals are located approximately two blocks west of Canada Place.
Waterfront Station was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and was the Pacific terminus for the CPR's transcontinental passenger trains to Montréal and Toronto until circa 1979, when VIA Rail took over the railway's passenger operations and rerouted trains to Union Station (originally the Canadian National Railway station, now called Pacific Central Station) near False Creek.
Waterfront Station's transformation into a public intermodal transit facility began in 1977. That year, the SeaBus began operating out of a purpose-built floating pier that was connected to the main terminal building via an overhead walkway above the CPR tracks. The CPR's passenger platform and some of its tracks were torn up in the early 1980s to make way for the guideway of the original SkyTrain line (the Expo Line), which opened in late 1985. During Expo 86, special SkyTrain shuttle trains operated between Waterfront Station and Stadium-Chinatown Station (then named Stadium Station), connecting the Canadian Pavilion at Canada Place to the main Expo site.
In 1995, platforms were built adjacent to the SkyTrain station for the new West Coast Express, which uses the existing CPR tracks. (The West Coast Express platforms are in the same location as the old CPR platforms.) In 2002, Millennium Line trains began sharing the SkyTrain tracks with the Expo Line.
A private ferry company, Royal SeaLink Express, ran passenger ferries from a new dock on the west side of the SeaBus terminal to Victoria and Nanaimo in the early 1990s, but ultimately folded. In 2003, HarbourLynx began operating out of Royal Sealink's old facility at the SeaBus terminal. In 2006, following major engine problems with their only vessel, they folded as well.
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