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A visit with Paralympic hosts at Broadway-City Hall and King Edward Stations

Hosts Selina and Barb at Broadway-City Hall.

Hosts Selina and Barb at Broadway-City Hall.

This morning, I popped by Broadway-City Hall and King Edward Stations to visit the Paralympic transit host team.

As you may know already, since there are only two Paralympic sports hosted in Vancouver, our transit hosts are deployed at a few key transit hubs close to those events.

Broadway-City Hall is a key connection to the 99 B-Line, where customers can head to ice sledge hockey at UBC Thunderbird Arena. It’s also a key transfer point to King Edward Station, which is near the wheelchair curling venue at Vancouver Paralympic Centre. However, it was pretty quiet in the morning, according to hosts Selina and Barb.

(Also, as we’re finding it so quiet out there, I’ll plug the Paralympics events here — just visit the Paralympic Games website to find more about the events and get tickets. Curling is $15-25 a person, and hockey is around $30, which is a pretty great deal!)

King Edward Station

Hosts Sharon and Lorie at King Edward Station!

Hosts Sharon and Lorie at King Edward Station!

King Edward Station was seeing a bit more action. Lots of schools seem to have tickets to the wheelchair curling events, so groups of kids were arriving in waves and asking for directions to the curling venue.

Sharon!

Sharon!

Host Sharon helped a group of hearing-impaired visitors find their way to the venue too.

Lorie!

Lorie!

And host Lorie helped more folks outside.

The adjacent parking lot, now full of cars!

The adjacent parking lot, now full of cars!

Also, I peeked over at the adjacent parking lot, to see how it looked during the Paralympics. It was empty when we used it for lineups during the Olympics — now it’s back to business as usual.

The host command centre

Darren and Giselle at the host command centre.

Darren and Giselle at the host command centre.

I also visited the host command centre in Commercial-Broadway Station, and found Giselle and Darren there, managing the day’s work. They were kind enough to pose for a picture!

It’s pretty quiet for them too, but I found out the weekend is expected to be a tad busier, as people head to the free celebration sites downtown. So for the weekend, transit hosts will be at Waterfront Station to help those customers find their way around.

Plus, since the closing ceremonies are held up at Whistler on Sunday, there won’t be the same road closures and crowds in downtown Vancouver as last week.

All right. I will keep an eye on Paralympic things as the week progresses!


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