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Vancouver riders lament the end of Olympic streetcar
The temporary Olympic streetcar line along False Creek took its last run Sunday night, but that didn't stop hopeful would-be riders from stopping by on Monday.
"My mom and my aunt are visiting from South Africa, and I was bragging about the lovely streetcar, and it's closed," Kristy Sim told CTV News.
Since it opened two months ago, nearly 550 thousand people have ridden the rails along the Olympic line.
"Our Olympic peak day, we had actually 25 thousand people take advantage of this modern and exciting transit experience and this opportunity to see this new type of transit that maybe we'll see in Vancouver in the long term," said Dale Bracewell, an engineer with the City of Vancouver.
This wasn't meant as a one-time deal, but more of an audition -- a demonstration that streetcars could once again work in Vancouver.
"The downtown streetcar would connect Granville Island to the Canada Line, as it was here for the Games, all the way through the Olympic Village, to Main Street-Science World," Bracewell said.
But unlike streetcars of yesteryear, the modern version would come with a modern price tag: upwards of $90 million just to get started.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said TransLink and the provincial government would have to be partners for a project on that scale.
"That's a big dollar development for the city," he said.
While the mayor waits for those partners to step up with the cash, back at the Olympic line, the message from riders is clear.
"We need more of these type of lines. We need this line to go all the way out to UBC or something. We need to get out of the cars and into these things," rider Thane Royce said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Stephen Smart