Canada Line continues to carry the Olympic torch

Canada Line continues to carry the Olympic torch

With the anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at hand we thought we’d wax nostalgic over what was one heck of a party. After all, the legacy of the Games, particularly the improvements made to Vancouver’s infrastructure, carries on.

Built for the Olympics, the Canada Line–a 19.2km addition to the city’s Skytrain system and one of the largest P3 projects in Canadian history–makes it a cinch to get to and from the airport and downtown Vancouver (and everywhere in between). The train line permanently reduced the congestion and road rage once common along the Cambie corridor by clearing one of the most congested transportation arteries in the city, and quite likely the entire country.

From the Four Host Nations Pavilion to the Richmond Olympic Oval, DIALOG and its people were proud players in the design of the Games. No contribution, however, is likely more of a daily reminder of the Olympic experience than the three key rapid transit stations DIALOG designed along the Canada Line.

Oakridge-41st Station

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King Edward Station

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Langara-49th Station

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All of the 16 Canada Line stations are grouped into four design families, reflecting characteristics of the neighbourhoods they service. Along the entire line, including the three stations designed by DIALOG, material choices and natural lighting highlight themes of harmony between machine and nature.

The stations continue to be cultural focal points, with arts & entertainment ranging from installations to music to magic shows constantly colouring the commute. This is a lasting reminder that Vancouver wasn’t always the world-class city it has so clearly become; public entertainment, particularly along transit routes, was definitely not as common prior to the Games.

Although Vancouver won’t throw near the party it did during those two-and-a-half weeks in 2010, the anniversary of the Olympics opening reminds us that its legacy tracks on. In just 17 days the Canada Line carried nearly 4 million passengers during the Olympics. Three years on, the train averages more than 100,000 riders daily, and more than 35 million annually. Definitely enough to celebrate.

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