“Traffic chaos!” “Gridlock!” These are just a couple of phrases we are all too used to hearing as the 2010 Olympic Games creep closer. Are you prepared? Do you know what to expect? Are you stressing out?
Relax. Let’s take this day-by-day together. I’ve been calling the drive to and from work as a traffic reporter in Vancouver for 10 years. For the last two, I’ve been breaking down your commute on Citytv’s Breakfast Television. Before that, I worked for some of the city’s top radio stations.
Okay, I’ll admit it — I’m a total traffic geek. I love dissecting the commute, foreseeing problems and warning people about them. On BT I have detailed 2-D Maps of the entire Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, cameras at every major thoroughfare, access to the team at News 1130 Traffic and a great network of commuters like you.
So check in with me daily right here for the latest traffic snarls, commute success stories and transit information during the Games.
Don’t forget, tomorrow we lose the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, so plan on leaving extra early or using transit. Some of the alternate routes like Pender and Hastings streets as well as Broadway and West 2nd will likely be busier than usual.
We’ll discuss how it all went and your best ways around the closures in Monday’s issue.