Public transit to be improved
By Games time, public transit around Metro Vancouver will be strengthened to accommodate for the expected increased ridership.
The rapid transit Canada Line, which organizers are counting on to carry 5,400 passengers per hour from downtown Vancouver to Richmond and the airport, will be up and running for extended hours. A 30 per cent increase in SkyTrain cars during peak hours will be implemented and a third SeaBus will be added.
Specific Games-time additions include the availability of 180 extra city buses, additional runs by the West Coast Express train and a free Olympic streetcar that will connect Granville Island with the Canada Line.
Restrictions in Whistler
Navigating to and from Whistler, where the road network is limited and where the overnight population is expected to surge 10 to 20 per cent, will also be a challenge.
Plans to mitigate the influx of visitors to Whistler include the introduction of more buses, changes to parking arrangements and active snow clearing on widely used routes.
The Sea to Sky Highway and Highway 99 in Whistler will also be reconfigured to allow for two northbound lanes during the morning rush and two southbound lanes when needed.
A checkpoint will also be set up north of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway to discourage unnecessary car trips into Whistler during peak travel times.
Transportation for the Games will be led by the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team, which includes the Vancouver Olympic organizing committee, the City of Vancouver, the Municipality of Whistler, and TransLink, the Greater Vancouver transit authority.
The transportation team will operate a command centre during the Olympics and will provide real-time transportation updates to the public.
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