Games reshaping Vancouver transportation

The staggering numbers of travellers moved by public transit during the first weekend of the Games — 150,000 a day on the Canada Line, more than 20,000 daily on the Olympic Line streetcars — are shattering preconceptions about regional transportation.

Olympic Line numbers are already competitive with existing urban streetcar systems like Portland’s and the Canada Line is now delivering daily volumes that planners did not expect to see for many years.

Ridership numbers like these transform the business case for transit investments and build public support at the same time.