Archive for the ‘2010’ category

Vancouver transit not up 2010 requirements

November 10, 2009

By Greg Heakes (AFP)

While many Vancouverites say they are heading out of town during the Games to escape the crowds those that hope to take in the action are being asked to leave their cars at home and join the visitors on public transit.

The only venue that will have public parking is the University of British Columbia ice hockey rink, the site of some of the preliminary hockey games.

Organizers say they have added extra public buses, but it remains to be seen how Vancouver’s tiny rapid transit trains (SkyTrain) and its often disfunctional public bus system will handle Olympic-size crowds.

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– Interview: VANOC transportion manager

November 4, 2009

BC Business

Peter Severinson

Fitting thousands more travellers onto our already-strained roads 
will be one of the Olympics 
organizers’ biggest challenges 
during the upcoming Games
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Irene Kerr, of all the Olympics officials, has perhaps the most thankless task. Kerr is the executive in charge of VANOC’s transportation and logistics team, overseeing a transportation system that’s expected to move a mind-blowing number of people. An estimated 5,500 athletes and Olympics officials, 12,000 media personnel and more than 50,000 workers will all need to travel between approximately 80 Olympic sites. The system will also have to handle 60,000 to 135,000 spectators each day (the population of Victoria is about 80,000, just for context), with more than 20,000 of those daily spectators shuttling between the Lower Mainland and venues at Cypress Mountain and Whistler (that’s a bit more than Whistler’s entire population).

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– Train offers miserable experience

October 19, 2009

from Rail for the Valley

by zweisystem

More unhappiness from South of the Fraser – From the Delta Optimist – Train offers miserable experience

It seems that the RAV/Canada Line is not swaying the transit customer’s minds to happily use the metro. It’s crowded, but over crowding could be the result of TransLink deliberately underestimating Richmond and South of the Fraser buses ridership, to crow about packed trains to a very complacent media. Obviously, TransLink isn’t operating enough capacity on the RAV/Canada line, to meet the capacity of buses serving the metro. Why is there not enough cars to handle all the bus traffic serving the metro?

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– Drivers, passengers urged to link up online

October 17, 2009

North Shore Outlook

By Jeff Nagel

Time for ride share!

Commuters are being urged to try car-pooling by registering in TransLink’s online ride-matching website.

The ride-sharing site, www.ride-share.com, matches willing drivers with passengers who take similar routes at similar times.

TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast said car pooling offers an important avenue to try to reduce congestion, particularly on the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“We need to find other ways of getting around, besides the one-person-one-car scenario,” he said.

“Space on buses and SkyTrain is at a premium already and we at TransLink have a mandate to help people find as many creative alternatives as possible.”

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– Metro, TransLink won’t lend staff to Olympics

October 17, 2009

ED. Just when you think that slavery ended, olympics organizers call for companies to “lend” their employees to work at 2010 events.  What happens to employees who refuse to help?

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By Jeff Nagel – BC Local News

Metro Vancouver officials have no plans to bail out Vanoc and send regional district staff to work at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

A feared labour shortage during the Games has Olympic organizers scrambling to recruit a total of 55,000 workers and volunteers.

Vanoc CEO John Furlong last month asked civic leaders at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention to lend employees to help the cause.

But the request has garnered little response so far.

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– Traffic routes closed for 2010 party

October 15, 2009

Vancouver Sun

By Kelly Sinoski

2010sign2VANCOUVER – Vancouver will face one of its most ambitious tests during the 2010 Olympic Games as it attempts to move Super-Bowl-sized crowds around already-congested city streets and into the mountains in the dead of winter over 17 days.

To deal with the crush, Vanoc partners revealed this week they plan to close nine major routes in and out of the downtown core, convert 32 city blocks into pedestrian-only corridors, develop 170 Olympic bus lanes and increase the fleet of buses and SkyTrain to get more people using transit.

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– 2010 Gridlock will be widespread

October 15, 2009

Vancouver Sun

By Daphne Bramham

The Inconvenience Truth

2010sign2Want to get around during the Olympics? Better start planning now

If you hate fuming in traffic, you’d better stay home or start planning now for how to get around during the Olympics.

The first road closures begin next month in Vancouver. By late January, the majority of the parking and driving restrictions will be in place. By starting early, organizers hope people will have figured it all out by the Feb. 12 opening day.

Bottom line is this: Gridlock could be widespread. That’s despite the Canada Line, Sea to Sky Highway improvements, enhanced bus service, extended SkyTrain hours and the special 2010 streetcar running from Granville Island to the Canada Line Olympic Village station.

More info on routes, traffic blockages, restricted zones, transit routes

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