For Vancouver, the Olympic Winter Games were a catalyst for the development of transport infrastructure projects, such as the “Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project”.
This 95-kilometre highway between Vancouver and Whistler was once considered the most dangerous in Canada. In the lead-up to the Games, the road was upgraded and its security was increased by smoothing curves, extending sightlines and improving intersections to reduce the number of collisions on the highway.
The Olympic Winter Games 2010 helped Vancouver expand public transport while making it more sustainable. This included the construction of a new train route – the Canada Line – which linked the suburbs of Richmond and Vancouver International Airport with the city centre. Since its opening in 2009, the number of passengers on the 19.2km rapid train route has been higher than anticipated – 112,000 people per day, or about 40 million per year.
In addition, 180 diesel-electric hybrid buses were introduced during the Olympic Winter Games and have been used since, helping the province to continually reduce its emissions. Other initiatives aimed at sustainable transport included an anti-idling policy for cars, a smart driver programme, vehicle maintenance programmes, and route planning procedures.