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The Big Question: How to Get Around During the Games?

Downtown Vancouver is open for business during the 2010 Winter Games. Of course, we will all be doing business differently – maybe changing hours of work, taking an extended lunch to enjoy the LiveCity sites, leaving our vehicle at home and taking public transit to work, and taking time from work to enjoy a sporting event or Cultural Olympiad performance. Adapting to temporary changes, in particular, around transportation, will be required by everyone.

 

 

FACT vs. FICTION


All downtown streets are closed to traffic.

FICTION: Yes, some major streets will be closed to vehicles, such as Granville, Beatty, Robson and Mainland to accommodate moving pedestrians around, but the vast majority of streets are accessible for all modes of transportation. Using transit, walking, biking or carpooling will help reduce traffic congestion. See the Olympic Road Network map.

 

Road closures will begin before the Games start.

FACT: Games operations, training and other Olympic traffic will begin throughout the city as early as January 2010, particularly around venues. The majority of transit, spectator, workforce, athlete and official movements will occur between February 4 and March 1, 2010. Street parking on select streets will be removed and Olympic Lanes implemented on February 4, 2010 and the Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts will be closed to vehicular traffic starting February 5, 2010. See the timing of the rollout.

 

Athletes come to the Games to compete, not commute.

FACT: That’s why we all need to work together to reduce single occupancy vehicle use by at least 30%. Consider purchasing a six-week 2010 Games Transit Pass for your staff or working flex hours. Make your travel plans now using TravelSmart 2010.

 

The Stadium Skytrain station will be closed.

FICTION: The Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain station is a key recommended stop for spectators going to Canada Hockey Place (GM Place). Check out the new Vancouver 2010 Spectator Guide now online for all the details regarding how to access official venues, what you can bring in and when to arrive.

 

I can’t make or receive deliveries after 12pm.

FICTION: Goods movement and deliveries will be a key to the success of the Games. Changes to City by-laws allow for deliveries in downtown 24/7. To avoid congestion, deliveries are recommended from midnight to 6am or alternatively to noon at the latest. However, if you need to make or receive a delivery after noon, it can happen, but be prepared for delays. Read more about goods movement.

Fill out the goods movement survey.

 

I need a ‘pass’ to drive into downtown.

FICTION: Downtown is open for business – no pass required – just lots of patience and excitement. Tip: Invest in a good pair of walking shoes or boots. Walking will be the best – and fastest – way to get around downtown. Watch for a new wayfinding system throughout downtown to guide locals and visitors to transit stations, venues and attractions. It will be one of the lasting legacies of the Games.

 

Public transit capacity will be increased during the Games.

FACT: Skytrain will run an extra hour until 2:15am daily; additional night buses will be added and some will run 24/7; a third Seabus will be added along with 180 new buses, 48 new Skytrain cars, extended service for the West Coast Express, 30 additional HandyDART vehicles, and, of course, the new Canada Line is already up and running. Cool souvenir six-week TransLink passes go on sale in December to encourage more riders before, during and after the Games. To make your transit plans, visit: TravelSmart 2010.

 

Added transit capacity will mean more room on buses and Skytrains.

FICTION: While there will definitely be more capacity added to the system during the Games, buses and Skytrains are already crowded. The solution? Locals are encouraged to use public transit in off-peak hours to ensure the best travel experience. Avoid travelling between 7-9am and 2-7pm. Consider changing your company's office hours: come in early and leave early, or come in late and stay late to check out all the fun stuff to do downtown like LiveCity Downtown.

 

There won't be any parking downtown.

FICTION: On-street parking on streets such as Howe and Burrard that have designated 'Olympic Lanes' will be removed beginning Feb. 4. The current bus lane will become the 'Olympic lane' for Olympic vehicles and TransLink only. All other lanes on those streets remain open to regular traffic. There are three times as many off-street or parkade parking stalls available compared to on-street parking and they will remain accessible during the Games. So, drive if you must, but please carpool to help reduce single occupany vehicles on the road by 30%.

 

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