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A few reflections as we come to the end of the Games

A few reflections as we come to the end of the Games

Busy crowds at Richmond-Brighouse Station on Friday, February 19.
Busy crowds at Richmond-Brighouse Station on Friday, February 19.

This is mildly off-topic (or is it?), but I wanted to share a few personal reflections as the Games come to an end today.

I think I speak for myself and all the folks at TransLink and its family of companies, when I say that these 17 days have been an extraordinary time for our public transit system.

John, a transit host at Main Street-Science World Station, brought in transit pins of his own to hand out to kids on transit. How wonderful!
John, a transit host at Main Street-Science World Station, brought in transit pins of his own to hand out to kids on transit. How wonderful!

Working here, I’ve always seen how much my colleagues care about providing good service for all of you. It’s truly wonderful that we were able to demonstrate this so vividly during the Games, and that so many of you have been so public with your recognition and commendations.

And while the immense work of our staff, led by the prescient planning work of our Olympic transportation team, has helped us move an unprecedented number of riders on our system—I know it could not have worked without the help of you, our transit riders for the Olympic period.

You have been cheerful, positive, and endlessly patient on busy trains and buses. And you have been generous in reducing vehicle traffic for the Games, working to help everyone get where they need to be.

Speaking with staff, I have heard over and over again that it has been a pleasure to serve you on the transit system, and I know it will continue to be a pleasure for us to help you get around the region well.

So I’d like to say thanks to you all, staff and riders alike, for a wonderful Olympic transit experience. Here’s to a beautiful friendship after the Games period, through the Paralympics, and onward into the future!