During the planning and preparations for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, a major mass transit infrastructure project was undertaken to establish 19.5 kilometres of new advanced light rapid transit (ALRT) service between downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport and the City of Richmond.
The City of Richmond is a municipality within Metro Vancouver and was a venue host city for long-track speed skating events at the Richmond Olympic Oval. This new ALRT link was planned as an important addition to the Metro Vancouver transport infrastructure operated by Translink, the regional transport authority. The infrastructure project was developed by senior governments and transportation agencies through a public-private partnership.
The new transit service, now called the Canada Line, began operations in August 2009, six months in advance of the 2010 Winter Games, and was a critical component of delivering an efficient, reliable, safe and sustainable transport programme for the Games.