In Vancouver, transit officials believe that the traffic restrictions in place for the 2010 Winter Olympics will lead to an increase of 20 percent in the number of people using public transport. Currently, 800,000 people use transit each weekday. To help with the increased numbers, 180 extra buses, a third Seabus, and 48 more Skytrain cars will be brought into use, though none of these services will be available around the clock during the Olympics. Transit users are being urged to avoid travelling between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The number of people riding on transit is not the only figure to consider. 5,500 athletes will be competing at the Olympic Games. The workforce for the Olympics is just over 55,000. Along with almost 10,000 accredited media it’s expected that 135,000 people will attend the Olympic venues in Vancouver on a daily basis and nearly 60,000 will be present at events in Whistler.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734