Olympic streetcars on their way

Bombardier's Flexity tram, now in service in Brussels, is heading to Vancouver for an Olympic trial: leather seats and wood interior design features have reduced vandalism.

Bombardier's Flexity tram, now in service in Brussels, is heading to Vancouver for an Olympic trial: leather seats and wood interior design features have reduced vandalism.

The two Bombardier Flexity streetcars destined to run between Granville Island and Olympic Village Canada Line station during the 2010 Games are on their way. After rolling around Brussels for several weeks carrying banners indicating their destination is Vancouver, the cars — complete with leather seats and “Art Nouveau” design features — will be loaded on a ship, come through the Panama Canal to Tacoma, then proceed by truck to Vancouver for commissioning early in the New Year.