Vancouver Transit Lines Shine for Olympics
Worldwide attention turned to Vancouver, British Columbia, for 17 days in February 2010 when 5,000 athletes from more than 80 countries competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics. New and existing transit lines played a pivotal role transporting the more than 350,000 visitors to the metro area, which at the time already boasted a growing population of 2.3 million people.
PNR RailWorks, based just east of Vancouver in Abbotsford, BC, has worked over the last three decades to construct, extend and maintain the transit lines serving the region.
Expo Line – The oldest transit line in the SkyTrain System, the Expo light-rail line is named for the World’s Fair held in Vancouver in 1986. PNR RailWorks constructed the underground and Waterfront segments of the original line and two extensions: one in New Westminster and one in Surrey. Over the past eight years they also have changed out rail on various segments.
Millennium Line – In a joint venture partnership, PNR RailWorks constructed this 20-km light-rail line, the second line in the SkyTrain System, in 2000 and its extension in 2006.
Canada Line – The 19.2-km Canada Line, the third light-rail line in Vancouver’s transit system, opened in August of 2009 and connects Vancouver International Airport with downtown Vancouver and Richmond. PNR RailWorks constructed the track infrastructure for the maintenance facility.
Olympic Line – The 1.75-km. demonstration streetcar project was constructed by PNR RailWorks especially for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Two modern, European-style streetcars carried passengers between the Canada Line, Olympic Village and the tourist destination Granville Island. More than 500,000 people took the free, six-minute ride during the eight weeks the line operated. In addition to constructing the track, PNR RailWorks provided daily inspection and maintenance services. Bombardier provided the streetcars.