Let me preface this by saying I am EXCITED about the Olympics and am a supporter of the games – the energy in this city right now is amazing and I am truly looking forward to the next two weeks. That said, right now I am simply frustrated with the actual getting to of the events. I have tickets to the boarder-cross on Monday at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. No cars are allowed at the venue, obviously, and there are shuttles for ticket holders to the Cypress Mountain site. The tickets we got on the shuttle are at 6:55 a.m. (YIKES!) but the early hour we could handle. It`s the getting to the shuttle that is proving to be problematic – Translink buses do not start running from where I live until 7 – we have to BE THERE at 6:30. Also, I live at the base of Grouse Mountain, a local ski resort thas is open 24/7 during the games. Driving ANYWHERE during the games is being STRONGLY discouraged. However, there are NO BUSES running, so what is one to do??
Below is a twitter “dialog” with Translink this week:
ME: have to be at the Sea Bus by 6:25 a.m. for a REQUIRED shuttle at 6:55 a.m. – NO BUSSES that early from fucking GROUSE MOUNTAIN – #EPICFAIL!
THEM: Last Bus from Grouse Mountain: No. 236 Lonsdale @12:32 AM. Trip Planner: http://ow.ly/15Cyj ^JS#olympics #van2010
ME: thanks but LAME – find it inconceivable that you would not put earlier 236 buses on to help with transportation – EPIC fail
THEM: I encourage you to use the Trip Planner. For example, first #SkyTrain out of King George Stn @ 5:08 AM. http://ow.ly/15CWT
ME: @translink the trip planner is of NO USE if the buses don’t run until after 7 a.m. and we have to BE THERE at 6:30 a.m.
THEM: Are you working at Grouse? Perhaps you can speak with your manager, colleagues about organizing a ride share (car pool).
ME: @translink live near there-trying to get to Cypress and booked on the 6:55 shuttle from Lonsdale Quay-encouraged NOT to drive, no parking
THEM: Have you tried Ride-Share to connect with Olympic Bus Network? More information here:http://ow.ly/15DPn #Olympics
ME: so what @translink is saying is that if you have to get anywhere before 7 a.m. you are SOL – another #EPICFAIL for @translink
ME: @translink from Olympic website:Do not drive or rideshare/carpool to this transfer hub as there is no parking for Olympic spectators
THEM: which hub?
ME: @translink Lonsdale Quay
THEM: Did you check the loop at the bottom of Chesterfield Street?
ME: @translink for what, parking? still trying to get there for 6:30 a.m. Monday w/out having to shell out more $ for a taxi or parking
THEM: The loop can be used as a kiss and ride – for drop off only. you might be able to hide and ride a little furtherup the hill.
ME: @translink looks like we will have to shell out $ for a taxi-unless they honour NOW-WORTHLESS OLYMPIC TRANSIT PASSES (that’s sarcasm, BTW)
ME: @translink honestly shocked there is no increase in the 236 considering the mountain is open 24/7 & driving is being STRONGLY discouraged
Funny, that’s the last I heard from them – Translink ENCOURAGING us to drive and “hide & ride” in a residential neighbourhood where I am sure the residents would be thrilled.
Like I said above, I SUPPORT the games. I am excited that they are here and am looking forward to the next two weeks, inconveniences and all. However, this is just ONE example of how short-sighted Translink and the Olympic organisers are being. This scares me more than a little.