Transportation during the Paralympic Winter Games

General

Paralympic Torch Relay

  • On March 11 and 12, 2010, a 24 hour relay around Robson Square will take place in downtown Vancouver as part of the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. The event will run from approximately 2 pm on March 11 through to 2 pm on March 12.

    The current proposed route is a loop that will involve areas along Robson, Granville and Smithe Streets.

  • The torch will finish at BC Place Stadium and light the cauldron as part of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
  • Vehicle travel around the Robson Square area on March 11 and 12 will be challenging – expect some delays:

    • For the safety of the torchbearer and surrounding crew, there will be intermittent rolling closures by traffic authority members to allow for torchbearers to run across intersecting streets. These closures are only expected to last a few minutes at a time.
    • Robson Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Hornby and Howe (cross streets will remain open)
    • Traffic will continue to flow on most major streets, however there will be road closures and restrictions to vehicle traffic along a few blocks of Robson, Smithe, Granville and Bute. Other cross streets will remain open with rolling intermittent road closures as the torch runs past.  Commuters are advised to find an alternate route for March 11 and 12.
    • Visit vancouver2010.com in early March to view the complete detailed route for the 24-hour Paralympic Torch Relay.

Changes to the road network: Metro Vancouver

  • Olympic lanes are no longer in effect as of March
  • The majority of stopping/parking restrictions in Vancouver will be removed as of March 2, though some parking restrictions around venues will remain. A detailed map illustrating these restrictions is available on the Host City website, accessed via travelsmart2010.ca
  • The majority of stopping/parking restrictions in Vancouver will be removed as of March 2, though some parking restrictions around venues will remain. A detailed map illustrating these restrictions is available on the Host City website, accessed via travelsmart2010.ca
  • 24-hour delivery periods and extended garbage removal hours are no longer in effect in Downtown Vancouver as of March 1.
  • Temporary truck routes in Vancouver are in effect through March 21 (end on March 22, 2010).

Changes to transit service: Metro Vancouver

  • Transit service levels will return to normal levels and hours of operation on March 1, with extra capacity and event-level service available to be deployed as needed.
  • Canada Line will be in service from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) throughout the night of February 28th into March 1st.   The special all-night service will help move the record number of passengers expected to pass through the airport in the 24 hours following the end of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  • As with the Olympic Games, a Paralympic Games event ticket will act as a transit pass for the day
  • Travelers are encouraged to visit travelsmart2010.ca for service details and to use the trip planner.

Road Closures: Metro Vancouver
Some roads adjacent to venues will be closed to support the safe operation of the venues and the surrounding area. A complete list of temporary road closures and dates is available at vancouver.ca.

Changes to the road network: Sea to Sky Corridor

  • Access to public parking in Whistler will increase: as of March 1 day lots 1, 2, and 3 will be open to the public and additional fee based parking at the Driving Range (lot 10) and Mons (lot 11) will be open for day skier parking
  • As a result, the Sea to Sky traffic checkpoint will no longer be in effect as of March 1 and permits are no longer needed to travel north of Squamish during peak times.
  • Lane demarcations on Highway 99 will be removed between March 1 and 5 and Highway 99 will return to normal operation.
  • The Olympic/Paralympic lane on Highway 99 in Whistler will remain until March 21 (from Function Junction to Whistler Village).
  • Spectators are asked to carpool or self-drive to Whistler events and park at two designated parking lots close to Whistler Paralympic Park (WPP). They will then board complimentary shuttles to WPP or Whistler Creekside. More information is available in the Spectator Guide (vancouver2010.com/guide).
  • In select areas near Games venues (London Lane and Nordic Drive), local vehicle permits will again be in effect from March 7 to 21 to facilitate vehicle access and protect parking spots for residents and businesses.

Changes to transit service: Sea to Sky Corridor

  • Transit service resumes its regular winter service as of March 1, reflective of the anticipated transit demand.
  • In Whistler, BC Transit will keep the #10 Games Express in operation from March 1 to 21. The #10 Games Express connects the Athlete’s Village to the Gondola Transit Exchange (located in Whistler Village, by the Excalibur Gondola) and runs every 15 minutes from 5:00 am to midnight.
  • Spectators and other visitors are encouraged to take transit while in Whistler. Paralympic event tickets are valid for free transit in Whistler the day of the event until 4:00 am.

Road closures: Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor
The following roads will re-open, either fully or partially, for the transition to and/or during the Paralympic Winter Games:

March 1
Blackcomb Way opens to northbound traffic. It will close again March 8 to 21.
London Lane opens. It will close again March 7 to 2.

March 2
Whistler Way opens to one-way traffic only

 

What You Can Do to TravelSmart During the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games

  • The Opening Ceremony on March 12 is a special day where vehicle travel downtown is strongly discouraged. Choose a sustainable mode, such as walking, cycling or transit. If driving is absolutely necessary, plan to leave downtown before noon, or wait until the ceremony is underway after 5:30 pm.
  • While the Paralympic torch relay is underway in downtown Vancouver on March 11 and 12, if travel in the area is a must, please do not drive. Visit vancouver.ca to view a map of the route.
  • For the remainder of the 2010 Winter Games, leave your vehicle behind. TravelSmart in 2010 by choosing a sustainable mode of transportation. Many are available.
  • Details on getting to Paralympic venues is available at vancouver2010.com/guide.
  • Visit travelsmart2010.ca for information on transportation changes and options to help you get around.

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