The Future of Vancouver Transit, Post-Olympics

In anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympics, transportation planners in Vancouver are plotting permanent expansions to the city's public transit system. Demand will be high during the games, but many wonder what will happen after.
March 13, 2009, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"When life returns to normal, will Vancouver be left with legions of commuters using sustainable transport options?

Or will people simply revert back to their cars, as one planning expert has argued? VANOC today unveiled its comprehensive transportation plan, a wide-ranging strategy that's meant to ensure athletes, spectators and media get from accommodations to venues -- and back -- in a timely manner.

Clearly, the logistics are daunting. During the Games, Vancouver will host up to 135,000 spectators each day -- the equivalent of staging 17 back-to-back Superbowls, VANOC's executive vice president Terry Wright told reporters.

And that's on top of an expected 6,100 athletes and officials, 10,000 accredited media and a 55,000 strong workforce."

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Published on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in The Tyee
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