Olympic Village station

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Olympic Village
Translinkcanada.svg
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 Centre 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 (2017[1]) 9,500
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Canada Line
Station platform

Olympic Village is a subway station on the Canada Line of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system. The station is located at the intersection of Cambie Street and West 2nd Avenue, adjacent to the Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The station is located in the Fairview neigbhourhood and serves the South False Creek residential and commercial areas, which includes the Olympic Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The use of the term "Olympic" has been licensed for use by the International Olympic Committee.[2]

History[edit]

Construction in April 2008

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: its original proposed name was "2nd Avenue", and later "False Creek South".

Services[edit]

Disused Olympic Line platform

Olympic Village is within a short walk of the False Creek Ferries and Aquabus ferry stop at Spyglass and Stamp's Landing. 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 was 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 station to Granville Island. The Downtown Historic Railway is currently not operating due to financial constraints.[3]

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.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

S Street Level Entrance/Exit
C Concourse Fare gates, Compass ticketing machines
T Platform 1
Inbound
 Canada Line towards Waterfront (Yaletown–Roundhouse)
Island platform; doors will open on the left
Platform 2
Outbound
 Canada Line towards Richmond–Brighouse and YVR–Airport (Broadway–City Hall)

Entrances[edit]

Olympic Village is served by a single entrance located on 2nd Avenue at the southwest end of the Cambie Street Bridge.[4]

Transit connections[edit]

The following bus routes can be found in close proximity to Olympic Village station:[5]

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

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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Transit Service Performance Review" (PDF). translink.ca. TransLink. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Canada Line station names selected". TransLink. May 9, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Matthew. "Vancouver's streetcar service a costly 'novelty' marred by problems". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  4. ^ TransLink. Olympic Village Station Entrance Location (PDF) (Map). Retrieved March 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Olympic Village Station Map" (PDF). TransLink. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sculpture gouged by skateboarders". CBC News. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Olympic Village Station at Wikimedia Commons