I just have to start with this photo. What’s more Olympic than seeing Team Russia use our ticket machines?
Anyway, I caught this shot while taking a short tour of our downtown Vancouver stations this morning, just to see how our SkyTrain lines have been dressed up for the Olympics. I haven’t seen any of them yet, so I thought I would share the sights with you.
There’s new wayfinding and signage, and for those who don’t know, ads on the entire TransLink network were bought by VANOC, the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, and resold to Olympic sponsors. Each station seems to have its own particular company to focus on. Let’s have a look!
There’s an enormous glowing Samsung display in the Waterfront Station lobby! So many people were having their photos taken with it. You can interact with the Samsung display screens on the phones, although I couldn’t get it to do much besides launch applications. Maybe I was doing it wrong!
Ads for Acer are all over the Expo/Millennium Line station in Waterfront.
And the trip planner info boards have been updated with maps! (They’re located in between the Waterfront lobby and the part of the station going to the Expo/Millennium Line and SeaBus.)
The Canada Line station at Waterfront has been taken over with Super Natural British Columbia ads from Tourism BC.
Oddly enough, tourism ads for the city of London UK have taken over SeaBus! I’m guessing that’s because of the London Olympics in 2012? Anyway, they’ve wrapped the turnstiles and put floor and overhead ads up.
Here’s the floor ads and the overhead ads at the SeaBus station at Waterfront.
And McDonalds has Burrard Station covered.
This is just one wall of these GE ads! They’re really everywhere in Vancouver City Centre Station, as they have lots of ad space there. Also, the fencing nearby is for lineup management during the Games.
Bell ads were at Yaletown-Roundhouse.
And outside, there were some great maps to help people get around the neighbourhood — I especially liked the inclusion of a grey circle overlay that showed you how far you could walk in about 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse is very near to the LiveCity Yaletown site, so people will certainly be looking for how to get around the area.
Olympic ads and Bay clothing ads were on display at Stadium.
And there was an “i” informational map station outside Stadium-Chinatown, as you exit towards Canada Hockey Place. Very handy.
Here’s another look at some of the new station signage at Stadium-Chinatown, too!
To cap off this whirlwind tour, here’s the Olympic countdown clock outside the Vancouver Art Gallery! A Japanese morning show was interviewing two locals wearing red mittens nearby :) Sorry I missed Granville Station by the way — I hear that’s all Coke ads!