I’m so impressed with how well things have been going with both the morning and afternoon commutes considering all of the Olympic road and lane closures — I hope I’m not jinxing it.
Yes, it’s still early, but traffic has only been heavier than usual along Hastings and Pender streets because of the closure of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Main Street has had its moments of slow traffic too, but nowhere near the gridlock we were expecting.
Transit gets a gold medal too! Buses are a little more crowded, and there are more people using SkyTrain, but with the longer trains and more buses there have been very few, if any, complaints.
And did you know that as of yesterday there is an extra SeaBus in service? Three vessels are in service daily from 10 a.m. to 12:01 a.m.
Commuter concerns for the next couple days? We lose the Cambie Street Bridge tomorrow between noon to midnight for the opening ceremonies dress rehearsal, and then again on Friday for the real thing.
On Thursday, the Sea-to-Sky Highway restrictions go into effect with permit-only travel between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
On Friday, the pedestrian corridors become a reality downtown along Robson, Hamilton and Beatty streets, to name only a few.