Olympic Transportation plans unveiled 

Highway checkpoint, permits part of plan

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Organizers have suggested that anyone travelling to stay with friends in Whistler drive up after 4 p.m. to avoid the checkpoint.

In general peak time on the highway, which is open to all traffic during the Games, will be between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There will be two lanes northbound in the morning from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler’s southern most part, Function Junction. From there a temporary Olympic Lane, which will be constructed this summer, will carry designated traffic into town. Transit buses, Olympic accredited vehicles, delivery trucks, and other commercial vehicles will be allowed in this lane.

The other northbound lane will carry all other traffic.

The system will be reversed for load out.

A fleet of vehicles will be deployed along Highway 99 to ensure the road remains open. These include salting and snow clearing trucks, tow trucks, emergency response vehicles and police.

About 350 buses will carry Olympic spectators up and back from departure points in the Lower Mainland each day of the Games. All ticket holders for events in Whistler who are staying in Vancouver will be contacted by VANOC to advise them of how and when to purchase their bus tickets. The trip to Whistler from Vancouver will cost $25.

Buses within Whistler will run every five to 10 minutes at peak times and every 15 to 30 minutes during the late night hours. There will also be several new neighbourhood routes, including Millar’s Pond, Kadenwood, Nordic Drive, Gondola Way, Whistler Cay and Nicklaus North.

On competition days there will be extra transit service to Whistler Creekside and the Whistler Sliding Centre so residents and spectators can easily get to events.

It is expected that transit fares will stay the same, $2 per ride. For February 2010 a monthly souvenir pass will be available for less than a regular pass would cost.

Taxi service in Whistler is not expected to be increased, as the extra buses should provide a fast enough service to users. Hours of service for February are expected to rise to 55,000 from 7,500.

As well as taking the bus organizers would like to see people walk or cross-country ski the Valley Trail system. There will be enhanced clearing and track setting to encourage this.

There will be several road restrictions associated with Olympic competition events including:

• Whistler Way will be closed to public access directly adjacent to the media centre at the conference centre.

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