Thursday, January 22, 2009

VANOC transportation sites revealed

The Metro Vancouver and Sea-to-Sky Olympic lane network -- lanes for approved Olympic cars, trucks and buses only -- could be public in February or March. Judging by the far-flung transportation nodes, it will be vast. The Olympic lane network is the reason why VANOC CEO John Furlong made a mid-November plea for companies to change work hours, allow telecommuting or take a vacation during the Games. Without a massive reduction in so-called "background traffic," gridlock is guaranteed.
2010 Gold Rush has learned that sites as far east as Pitt Meadows and Abbotsford are in the transportation mix. Here are key locations from the Oct. 18, 2008 VANOC Master Site List (version 25).

Main commissioning/decommissioning fleet depot for 3,500 vehicles and motorpool operations at No. 8 Rd. & Blundell Rd., Richmond;
Spectator park and rides: Empire Bowl parking lot, Vancouver; Capilano University, North Vancouver; Garden City Lands, Richmond; 192 St & 32nd Ave., Surrey.
Secondary bus yard for 480 buses at south foot of Boundary Road, Vancouver.
Secondary fleet depot for 250 vehicle compound and motorpool operations under Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver (Seaforth Armory and Molson Brewery lots, perhaps?)
Main bus yard for 310 buses at Lougheed Hwy & Allen Rd., Pitt Meadows;
Tertiary bus yard for 200 buses at Oakridge bus depot, Vancouver;
Fourth bus yard for 200 buses at Abbotsford Trade and Exhibition Grounds;
Tertiary fleet depot for 50-100 vehicles at Cottrell St., Vancouver;
Park and ride #2 at CN Rail/BC Rail site, North Vancouver;
Integrated Command Centre at 11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond "where the (RCMP) Vancouver 2010-Integrated Security Unit will centrally manage security issues on the Olympic Theatre at Games-time."
National Olympic committees for Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, U.S.A. will have hospitality centres of varying sizes. Some by invitation only, others will welcome the public. Locations to be announced.

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