It was ‘all aboard’ Thursday morning as Mayor Gregor Robertson, Member of Parliament Russ Hiebert, and Raymond Bachant, President of Bombardier Transportation North America stepped on board the Olympic Line for the inaugural ride on Vancouver’s 2010 streetcar between Granville Island and the Olympic Village Canada Line Station.
“I encourage everyone, citizens and visitors alike, to come on down and enjoy the free rides over the next 60 days,” said Mayor Robertson. "I just rode it, and let me tell you, it was a smooth ride!"
The two streetcars, on loan from the Brussels Transport Company in Belgium, will run every six to 10 minutes each day between 6:30 am and 12:30 am. Platforms are located at the intersection of Anderson Street and West 2nd Avenue/Lamey’s Mill Road at Granville Island, and adjacent to the Olympic Village Canada Line Station at Cambie Street and West 2nd Avenue. The streetcars will operate between January 21 and March 21, 2010.
Bombardier Transportation will operate and maintain the vehicles during the streetcar demonstration project while the City of Vancouver will provide staff from its Host City Team at both the Olympic Village and Granville Island streetcar stops. The Flexity streetcars will be returned to Brussels after the 2010 Winter Games.
The Olympic Line project recently won a Sustainability Star from the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which acknowledges a product, service or initiative that represents a new solution to local and global sustainability challenges.
For more information on sustainable transportation options during the 2010 Winter Games, visit travelsmart2010.ca. For more information on the Olympic Line, visit the Host City website.