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Looking Back at the Olympic Experiment

During the 17 days of the Winter Olympics, Vancouver significantly beefed up its transit offerings and reduced lanes for automobiles. Did the experiment work, and what would happen if these temporary changes were made permanent?

During the Games, road capacity was cut in half downtown and 20% throughout the city.

John Calimente writes, "Remarkably, with an average daily ridership of 1.6 million over the 17-day event, Vancouver temporarily had the third-highest transit usage in North America behind only New York and Mexico City. While this is an amazing accomplishment, it is also staggering to think that much, much larger cities in U.S. have such low transit ridership."

Full Story: Vancouver Becomes a Transit City for 17 Days

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