I am probably restating the obvious here, but expect transit to be super busy today, and likely tomorrow.
Here’s one of the notes our media team sent out to the press this morning, which has some good advice for today.
A fabulous day … and we expect it to be even busier than previous days, with the combination of the weekend and the Olympics — and the great weather. As one Twitter correspondent pointed out, it’s a great day to bike!
740 feet of buses are awaiting the next BC Ferries arrival at Tsawwassen … that’s 5 articulated buses and 11 40-foot coaches, picking up over a thousand foot passengers coming in from the Island.
West Vancouver Transit has 6 40-footers and one articulated bus to meet 850 foot passengers at Horseshoe Bay.
Broadway Corridor and anything going east-west in the city of vancouver will be exceptionally busy today, and for people coming in on SkyTrain from Commercial-Broadway and points east, heading for events at BC Place and/or Canada Hockey Place should get off at Main Street-Science World station to help ease congestion at Stadium-Chinatown Station.
SKyTrain continues to run rush-hour-level service throughout the day, including “turnback” trains out of Commercial-Broadway station. and SeaBus will have 3-boat service from 10am till Midnight. Canada Line keeps setting single-day records, breaking the quarter-million mark Wednesday and \Thursday — and probably yesterday. We can expect to see all 20 of their trains in service for at least parts of today, to handle the loads.
WEST COAST EXPRESS is running its “Olympic specials”, and if you can avoid taking the 12:30 train from Mission City, that would be a good idea. It’s expected to be packed, so if you can take one of the other trains (2, 5 and 6:30pm), you’ll have a more comfortable ride. Remember, too (this is for the WCE newbies), it is OK to walk between the cars — we’ve noticed that people are crowding into the middle cars and there are still seats in the end cars.
Here’s an article from the Vancouver Sun about the expected crowds this weekend, too.