Traffic to be re-routed for 2010 Games
Drivers looking to get into Vancouver during the 2010
Winter Olympics should count on taking alternate routes, dealing with long
delays, or better yet, leaving their car at home.
The major traffic changes announced
Wednesday by VANOC will close many of
Traffic changes will take effect the first
week of February -- two weeks before the Games are scheduled to start -- with
the aim of taking 60,000 cars off the road.
"We really do have a message, there is no
room for the car," said Terry Wright, organizer for
Parts of East Hastings, West Broadway and
Cambie streets, as well as
Streets closer to Olympic venues, including
the Georgia Street Viaduct, will be closed for security
Twenty-four hour parking restrictions will
be in effect through downtown streets between Beatty and Thurlow, as well as
Commuters are encouraged by VANOC to take
advantage of increased public transit, including the new Canada Line, SkyTrain
-- which will have 48 more cars on the tracks, SeaBus - which will add a third
ferry, and the 85 more busses that will be added in the next
"It's crucial people look to do things in a
different way, transit, walking, cycling are great alternatives, avoiding those
peak periods" said Doug Kelsey, CEO of TransLink.
And it's not just
The Sea to
Whistler will have a significant reduction in public parking, and there will be no public parking at any of the Games venues.