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City of Vancouver officially opens the Olympic Line streetcar: Story in Pictures
On a dry but chilly Thursday morning, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberston, Member of Parliament Russ Hiebert and Raymond Bachant, President of Bombardier Transportation North America, celebrated the official opening of the Olympic Line streetcar. Set to a background of live music, free food and a festival-like atmosphere, the media, both local and international, and the general public were invited to ride the streetcar on its first official day.
This state-of-the-art streetcar boosts a spacious interior, equipped with leather seats, chrome handles and the all so important new train aroma. Traditional train bells are rung upon its departure. The ride itself is a bit slow but very smooth.
Besides its physical beauty, the Olympic Line is a sustainable method of transportation as it is projected to reduce the number of private vehicles, motor coaches and transit diesel buses to and from Granville Island for the next 60 days.
From January 21 to March 21, 2010, the train will run from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM daily. Transit trips on the Olympic Line will be free. Story in pictures...