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Transit for the Olympic one-year anniversary celebrations, Sat Feb 12, 2011!

Crowds on Granville Street (looking south from Robson) from February 19, 2010. Photo from the Transit Police.

Can you believe it’s been one year since the Olympics were here in Vancouver? It’s true: the first day was February 12 last year! And to celebrate the one-year anniversary, several celebrations will be held in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

For our part, we’re putting on extra service to help people get to the Olympic events and other big happenings downtown—the Vancouver International Boat Show is on, and the Canucks are also playing! So check out the details of our extra service below, and remember your Olympic TravelSmart “know before you go” smarts:

Edit: I’ve just been told that there will be bike parking provided by the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition for the weekend’s events, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Granville and Dunsmuir. Find out more here!

Extra service on buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus

Buses: we’ll put on total of 34 extra buses on various routes, called in by transit supervisors as needed, and paying particular attention to the #135 line, and major hubs like Lonsdale Quay, Bridgeport Station, Surrey Central and King George Station. NightBus service will also have extra service and may be extended past the usual finishing times at the discretion of Transit Supervisors.

Edit, Feb 11, 2011: I’ve just been informed that the C94 Community Shuttle that serves the Richmond Olympic Oval will run on Sunday too. Normally it doesn’t, but for this one particular Sunday, it will operate between 10:05 am and 7:16 pm.

SkyTrain will start and finish at its regular Saturday times but will run longer trains and more frequent service, as it did during the Olympics. Extra trains will be staged along the system in case they’re needed to handle crowds.

As usual during special events, trains will continue operating until all customers on the platform at closing time are boarded. Additional fareboxes will be set up at King George, Scott Road, Granville, Waterfront and Burrard Stations, and customers may pre-purchase return tickets, good until the close of service, as they get off at Granville Station in order to avoid lineups as they leave downtown.

SeaBus will maintain 15-minute service until the last sailing from Waterfront at 1:22am.

Please note that Granville Street will be closed to all vehicles between Smithe and Dunsmuir Streets all day Saturday and into Sunday morning. All buses will be diverted off Granville Street onto Seymour (northbound) and Howe Richards (southbound). Robson will be closed between Howe and Seymour.

Some major events and stations located close by

You can find a much bigger list of anniversary events over at the City of Vancouver’s Share The Spirit website, but here’s a quick roundup of some major events and nearby stations for handy reference.

Event Station Next closest station
Relive Centre Ice on Granville
Granville Mall, 12 noon-9pm
Granville (Expo/Millennium) or Vancouver City Centre (Canada Line) Burrard (walk 2.5 blocks east)
Illuminate Yaletown Yaletown-Roundhouse (Canada Line) Stadium (Expo/Millennium)
Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Family recreation events, 11am-3pm
Olympic Village (Canada Line)
CIBC LunarFest
Vancouver Art Gallery grounds, 4-11pm
Granville, Burrard (Expo/Millennium)
Olympic Cauldron re-lighting
4pm
Waterfront (Expo/Millennium) Burrard (Expo/Millennium)
Vancouver Canucks hockey
Rogers Arena, 7pm
Stadium (Expo/Millennium) Main Street (walk approx. 500 m)
Vancouver Boat Show
Vancouver Convention Centre, 10am – 7pm
Waterfront (Expo/Millennium) Burrard (Expo/Millennium)

6 Comments

  • By Sewing, February 10, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    Jhenifer:

    Has it been a year!? Wow.

    Anyhow, that photo is looking south on Granville from Robson.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, February 10, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    Uck: will fix!

  • By Peter, February 10, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    The reroute notice on the Alerts page indicates that soutbound buses that run down Granville will be rerouted onto Richards Street, not Howe–no doubt in anticipation of crowds blocking Howe.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, February 10, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Peter: thanks! Will correct.

  • By Stephanie, February 10, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Is the “Sunday and Holiday FareCard Special” can be for the celebration Sat Feb 12, 2011? Thanks.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, February 10, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    Stephanie: sadly, no! Sundays and Holidays are the only days when the group ride offer is available.

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