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On Thursday at 6pm, transit will make some noise for the Olympics!

Trains, buses, and more will be making noise for the Olympics on Thursday! (Yes, I like writing speech bubbles for trains and buses.)

Trains, buses, and more will be making noise for the Olympics on Thursday! (Yes, I like writing speech bubbles for trains and buses.)

It’s one year to the 2010 Winter Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 12! The Olympics organizing committee is calling for our region to make some noise at 6 p.m. that day to recognize the milestone — and transit will be answering the call!

So at 6 p.m. tomorrow, all SkyTrain passengers will be encouraged to MAKE SOME NOISE. A pre-recorded announcement just prior to 6 p.m. will remind people to take part. Horns, cowbells, tambourines, and those paper thingies that you use at parties are more than welcome!

All West Coast Express trains en route at the time will also blow their whistles at 6 p.m., so people living and working along the WCE route should be aware that the whistles will sound in an unusual circumstance. Both SeaBuses will also join in the noisy event, blasting their horns at four bells of the “first dog watch.”

Coast Mountain buses will get into the Olympic Spirit, too. Beginning Thursday, the route destination signs will alternate with the words, “Countdown 2 Gold”. As the year progresses, the messages “Go Team Canada” and “Go Canada Go” will also be displayed.

I’ll make sure I’m on SkyTrain at 6pm to get some video. Feel free to send in your own pics and video too, if you see the buses, trains, and SeaBuses celebrating!

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a unique opportunity for Metro Vancouver to welcome the world, and TransLink and its family of companies are excited and honoured to be part of it!


  • By Donald Nguyen, February 11, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

    I’ll have my video camera ready on the West Coast Express Train #4 tomorrow!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 12, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    Awesome! This will be great :)

  • By David, February 12, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Sure the Olympic games are a big deal and it doesn’t look good when the host city goes “Bah humbug” to the whole thing, but celebrating a 1 year countdown is ridiculous. I’m still in mourning over the loss of a fireworks competition that was enjoyed by at least 40 times as many Metro Vancouver residents than will get to attend the Olympics.

    I’m staying away from SkyTrain until after 6:00PM.

  • By Donald Nguyen, February 13, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    Well we suffered from overcrowded conditions on the West Coast Express yesterday because one of the cars was closed for some reason. Thus, not much excitement when the conducter announced that we are a year away from the Olympics. I should’ve took Skytrain part way instead.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 13, 2009 @ 10:30 am

    I didn’t fare much better on the SkyTrain. I was all ready to make it out of the office to the station by five minutes to 6, but I didn’t make it out in the right time and wound up on the platform just as the announcement was being made. Crappy video is available here!

  • By vfk, February 13, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    I got this from the Seabus. WCE was faintly heard at the Terminal. Thankfully Helijet and departed early and the seaguls were off to bed.

    From there I was also able to catch the Grouse Mountain celebrations.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 13, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Ooh! Thanks for sharing that, it’s great!

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