Olympic Village station

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Olympic Village
Translinkcanada.svg
SkyTrain station
Olympic Village station entrance, May 2019 (2).jpg
Olympic Village station entrance in 2019
Location525 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Coordinates49°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 byTransLink
PlatformsCentre platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeSubway
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectVIA Architecture
Other information
Station codeOV
Fare zone1
History
OpenedAugust 17, 2009
Traffic
Passengers (2018[1])5,490
Rank32 out of 53
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Canada Line

Olympic Village is an underground 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, Canada.

The station is located in the Fairview neighbourhood and serves the South False Creek residential and commercial areas, which included the Olympic Village built for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The use of the term "Olympic" was 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, Olympic Village station was initially intended for completion along with the rest of the line. 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 Canada Line; however, the City of Vancouver owned the station site and decided to fund the station's construction to spur redevelopment of its lands and the nearby Southeast False Creek neighbourhood, and the station's construction was restored to the initial phase.

The station opened in 2009 and was designed by the architecture firm VIA Architecture.[3] "Olympic Village" is the third name for this station: its original proposed names were "2nd Avenue" and later "False Creek South".

Services[edit]

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 Main Street–Science World station to Granville Island. The Downtown Historic Railway is currently not operating due to financial constraints.[4]

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 Compass vending machines and fare gates
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.[5]

Transit connections[edit]

The following bus routes can be found in close proximity to Olympic Village station:[6]

Bay Location Routes
1 2nd Avenue
westbound
50 Waterfront Station
84 UBC
2 2nd Avenue
eastbound
15 Cambie
3 2nd Avenue
eastbound
84 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.[7]

Le Banc sculpture scarred by skateboards
PLEASE NO SKATEBOARDING / BIKING

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 Transit Service Performance Review – Average Daily Boardings per Weekday". translink.ca. TransLink. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Canada Line station names selected". TransLink. May 9, 2006. Archived from the original on March 19, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Canada Line Stations". VIA Architecture. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Robinson, Matthew (March 23, 2014). "Vancouver's streetcar service a costly 'novelty' marred by problems". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Olympic Village Station Entrance Location (PDF) (Map). TransLink. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Olympic Village Station Map (PDF) (Map). TransLink. September 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Sculpture gouged by skateboarders". CBC News. September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on September 27, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2019.