– Burnaby mayor concerned about noise from Olympic transit ‘departure hubs’

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Andrea Macpherson BURNABY (NEWS1130)

BURNABY (NEWS1130) – Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan calls VANOC’s plan for ‘departure hubs’ in high density residential areas “poorly organized”.

Corrigan says people living near SFU and BCIT may have to deal with a lot of bus noise, on top of school and traffic disruptions during the Olympics.

The ‘departure hubs’ are like transit park-and-rides, taking workers and visitors to Whistler or Cypress (Olympic venues) by bus.  Corrigan says VANOC’s plan is to have the buses up and down Wayburne Drive near some high density town house developments.    “How would you like to have 100 buses lined up in front of your home at 4 or 5 a.m….returning sometime near 1 a.m., and going all day?”

Burnaby isn’t the only area to be impacted by the departure hubs.  Capilano University in North Vancouver, Langara College in Vancouver and Douglas College in New Westminster will also serve as sites.  Many of these colleges and universities have adjusted their semesters to accommodate the games.

Corrigan is asking people in Burnaby to contact his office if they have concerns.

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