Olympic Village station

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Olympic Village
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SkyTrain station
Olympic Village Station entrance.jpg
Location 525 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Coordinates 49°15′59″N 123°6′57″W / 49.26639°N 123.11583°W / 49.26639; -123.11583Coordinates: 49°15′59″N 123°6′57″W / 49.26639°N 123.11583°W / 49.26639; -123.11583
Owned by TransLink
Platforms Island platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type Subway
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code OV
Fare zone 1
History
Opened August 17, 2009
Traffic
Passengers (2011[1]) 5,837
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
Canada Line
Airport
toward Waterfront
Canada Line
Richmond

Olympic Village is a SkyTrain station on the Canada Line in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The use of the term "Olympic" has been licensed for use by the International Olympic Committee.[citation needed]

Location[edit]

Construction photo taken in April 2008

The station is located underground at the intersection of Cambie Street and West 2nd Avenue, adjacent to the Cambie Street Bridge. It serves the existing South False Creek residential and commercial area, as well as the Olympic Athletes' Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

S Street Street entrance
Ticket vending machines, fare gates
T Inbound  Canada Line towards Waterfront (Yaletown–Roundhouse)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Outbound  Canada Line towards Richmond–Brighouse and YVR–Airport (Broadway–City Hall)

Services[edit]

The station is within a short walk of the False Creek Ferries and Aquabus Ferry stop at Spy Glass. Both companies provide service to Granville Island, David Lam Park, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and Science World, while False Creek Ferries provides service to Kitsilano and the West End.

The station is within walking distance of Leg-In-Boot station on the Vancouver Downtown Historic Railway, a tram service that operated on weekends from 1998 to 2011, connecting Science World and the Main Street–Science World SkyTrain station to Granville Island). During the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Olympic Line, a temporary streetcar demonstration service, operated on the Downtown Historic Railway between Olympic Village station and Granville Island. The Downtown Historic Railway is currently not operating due to financial constraints.[2]

Bus routes[edit]

The following bus routes can be found in close proximity to Olympic Village station:[3]

  • 15 Cambie
  • 50 Waterfront Station
  • 84 UBC/VCC-Clark Station

History[edit]

During the planning and approval process for the Canada Line, this station was originally intended for completion for 2009. When the cost of the project had to be scaled back by TransLink (circa 2005), the station was deferred until after the opening of the line in 2009. However, the City of Vancouver owns the station site and decided to fund the station's construction to spur redevelopment of its lands and the neighbouring Southeast False Creek neighbourhood, and it was restored to the initial phase. Olympic Village is the third name for this station; it was initially proposed as 2nd Avenue, and more recently as False Creek South.

Public art[edit]

Outside the station is a sculpture by Marie Khouri, "Le Banc" or "The Bench", intended to double as a bench for people to sit in. Soon after the Canada Line opened, the sculpture was disfigured by skateboarders who used it as a ramp. The work was repaired by Khouri at her own expense.[4]

Incidents[edit]

On August 13, 2015, service was disrupted due to a medical emergency involving a woman falling onto the tracks and getting ran over by the train. The woman allegedly survived and TransLink reported that she was taken to the hospital[5] with non-life-threatening injuries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Matthew. "Vancouver's streetcar service a costly 'novelty' marred by problems". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Olympic Village Station Map" (PDF). TransLink. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sculpture gouged by skateboarders". CBC News. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  5. ^ http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Canada+Line+service+disrupted+Thursday+medical+emergency+Olympic+Village+Station/11288884/story.html

External links[edit]

Media related to Olympic Village Station at Wikimedia Commons