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Olympic Transportation Falling Short, But Aiming to Get On the Podium
Crowds in downtown Vancouver for the Olympics

Crowds in downtown Vancouver for the Olympics

Following up on our post outlining Olympic transportation initiatives, the road has been slightly bumpy for the Games’ mass transit thus far.  As one reader attending the events commented, and as the media has reported, Vancouver’s attempts to move athletes and spectators efficiently and sustainably have met with several glitches.  Travelers have had to wait in long lines; buses have broken down and gotten lost; trips have been slowed by weather conditions.

However, officials claim to have met their goal of reducing traffic in the downtown core by 30%, and reports indicate that problems appear to be smoothing out.  The city’s Translink system has 160 extra buses standing by for use in trouble spots, and transportation planners are ready to respond to problems by adding new buses and adjusting departure or return times.  Let’s hope they maintain this flexibility and rapid-response capability so transit can put its best foot forward for the approximately 150,000 attendees that show up each day.

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  • Roger Traviss

    There is a rail line from North Vancouver to Whistler yet is there a train service?

    No!

    Why?

    Because North America think applies here and North America think means road transportation, busses, not trains.

    Trains, even one per hour each way with each train carrying 800 plus people would have eased the transportation problems with the busses being used to transport people from the station to the event sites. Can you imagine a European Olympic event without trains being used? Imagine the number of people who could be transported to and from Whistler if a decent, every 15 to 30 minutes service had been provided. I’d bet the farm that this was never even considered by Vanoc or whoever is in charge of transportation.