Transportation

Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Streetcar (Free During Olympics)

By Vancity Buzz Staff | 4:20 pm PST, Thu January 21, 2010 | Speak Up

Grand Opening of Vancouver 2010 Streetcar January 21st, 2010 at 9:30am at West 2nd and Cambie.
Starting today the Vancouverites will be able to hop on the new Vancouver streetcar from the Canada Line station at the Olympic Village. The streetcar will take you to Granville Island (home of the French Quarter during the games) in a mere 3 1/2 minutes (see video below of the streetcar in action). Not too shabby. Furthermore, it will be FREE during the Winter Olympic games.

 

Bombardier Transportation, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, will provide free streetcar service for Vancouver residents, visitors and athletes during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Connecting Granville Island, a key entertainment centre for the 2010 Winter Games, and the Olympic/Paralympic Village Vancouver, the Olympic Line streetcar service will extend Vancouver’s regional transit network along False Creek during 60 days of celebration before and during the 2010 Winter Games.

As part of Bombardier’s sponsorship of the streetcar demonstration, it will provide two BOMBARDIER FLEXITY streetcars on loan from Belgium’s Brussels Transport Company. Using the existing Downtown Historic Railway, these 100% low-floor modern streetcars will operate on the 1.8-km of upgraded rail infrastructure. The upgrade is the result of an $8.5 million investment by the City of Vancouver with a $500,000 contribution from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the administrator of Granville Island. [source]

Whether or not Vancouver will have a fully functioning streetcar grid after the Olympics will depend on the amount of money for a project like this. Ultimately, I believe Vancouver will have a streetcar system in place. How long it will take is anybody’s guess. Here is the vision for Vancouver’s streetcar track:

Photos courtesy of: SpongeG

Speak Up

  • Anonymous

    I wish I could go, I'm stuck in the cubicle for the next 4 hours :(

  • Greg

    Cool what r the hours of operation on this bad boy?

  • nicole

    oh wow that's today! didn't know they were debuting a street car component for the Olympics but I like that it takes you to Granville Island. Will def have to try it out, that is, if I don't get sucked into the vortex that is the Olympic crowd when that all starts happening lol.

  • nicole

    btw, what happened to your ReTweet option? I wanted to retweet this!

  • Vancity Buzz

    Its kinda messed up today, I don't know what's going on. Some posts have this, some don't. Its sporadic, lol. You could always check my tweets and find it. If u have time to go through all 100 or so ;)

  • Cody-B

    Seems kind of useless to locals. But i guess it is made for the tourists. It would be nice if they had a trolley system in north vancouver. Hate walking up that hill.

  • Ian

    I also heard a suggestion that if the O-Line was successful they would extend the line up the abandon Arbutus track.

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