Transit and local roads will be very busy during the Olympic Games period from February 12 – 28, and possibly for a few days before and after the Games, too. To make your daily work or school commute as easy as possible, here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Be prepared to allow extra time for travel With the increased demand for transportation services during the Olympics, you could experience waits of up to 30 minutes to board transit at key locations in your morning commute. In mid-late afternoon, waits at busy downtown SkyTrain stations could be up to an hour or more, depending on event finish times.
• Try to leave downtown Vancouver by 2:00 pm. Downtown event crowds and transit lineups will swell as 3:00 approaches; the best way to avoid long delays is to leave the downtown core before the rush period.
If you want to stay a while to enjoy the downtown celebration sites, try to leave after 7:00 pm and also try to avoid leaving just after Olympic events have finished.
• Be Patient You’ll get to where you need to go; it just might take longer than usual.
• Dress to stay warm and dry You might be spending more time outside if there are waits for transit. Make sure you’re prepared for the weather.
• Enjoy the experience! People from across Canada and all over the world will be using the transit system and interacting with local residents.
A relaxed, pleasant atmosphere will make them feel good — and make you feel good, too.