- 27 Apr 2005
- Olympic News
TORINO 2006: TOROC Lays Out Transport Plans For Games-Time
The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) has announced its proposed plans for transportation in the city of Turin and the Olympic mountains during Games-time. With over a million people, including athletes, technicians, volunteers, the media and spectators expected to be travelling between Olympic sites during the Games, the TOROC Transportation Department is creating a transport plan that will rely as much as possible on public transport in order to limit traffic and to avoid creating problems for local residents, who live and work in the Olympic areas.
Limit on private cars
During the Games, the use of private vehicles will be limited in the mountain areas. Residents, workers, owners of second homes and Olympic Games personnel will receive special permits and authorisations to access the area. These authorisations will be agreed upon between TOROC and local authorities and citizens. For other visitors to the region, trains, buses and Park Ride hubs will be at the centre of the plan to help people move around the Olympic venues.
Olympic Family and spectators
The Olympic Family - athletes, Olympic clients and the media - is expected to be serviced by shuttle bus services and dedicated parking areas near the venues in the mountains. For spectators, there will be Park Ride facilities in Pragelato, Usseaux and Oulx. They will then be able to take advantage of the Dorsale Olimpica Montana, a shuttle bus service, which will take them directly to and between the competition sites in the mountains. This should be a free service, operating from 31 January to 27 February 2006, 24 hours a day, with buses departing frequently to and from the sites.
The rail solution
People wishing to travel to the mountains by train should be able to take advantage of the reinforced schedule on the main routes from Turin to the mountains, namely the Turin-Pinerolo and the Turin-Oulx-Bardonecchia-Modane lines. These services are expected to connect to shuttle bus services allowing spectators to directly access the venues.
Within the city of Turin itself, the regular bus and tram lines will be reinforced to transport spectators to the Olympic Lingotto area, and vehicle exchange parking areas will be set-up along the Turin "Tangenziale" ring road. This should allow spectators to access the city venues more easily.
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
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