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Olympics-related Travel at the BC - WA Border & through Northwest Washington State April 29, 2004 TBWG Washington, DC Countdown to 2010 July 2003 – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Awards 2010 Winter Games to Vancouver/Whistler, B.C.

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Olympics-related Travel at the BC - WA Border& through Northwest Washington State

April 29, 2004TBWGWashington, DC


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Countdown to 2010

  • July 2003 – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Awards 2010 Winter Games to Vancouver/Whistler, B.C.

  • 2004 – Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (VANOC) forms.

  • 2006 - ’10 – Cultural Olympiad

  • 2008 – ’09 – Test events for every sport and venue

  • 2009 – Tickets become available (1.4 – 1.8 million)

  • 2010

    • January 15 – Olympic Arts Festival begins

    • February 12-28 – Olympic Winter Games

    • March 12-21 – Paralympic Games


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Complementary Efforts Towards a Regional Transportation Response

IMTC

WSDOT

FHWAPeer-to-PeerExchange

  • Regional Transportation Planning Initiative

    • WCOG (MPO)

    • WSDOT


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International Mobility & Trade Corridor (IMTC) Response Organizational Structure

Lead Agency: WCOG

Steering Committee25

Core Group45Makes decisions

General Assembly300Information and feedback

Issue-specific subgroups


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IMTC Response

  • July, 2003 –Adopted objective to:

    • “support efficient and predictable cross-border travel to and from the 2010 Winter Olympic games in British Columbia.”

  • April, 2004 – Decision to form an IMTC Olympics Subcommittee to:

    • Communication with the Vancouver Organizing Committee.

    • Keep focus on the border relative to Olympics transportation and security.


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Washington State Response Department of Transportation

February 2004 preliminary assessment of improvements needed for 2010


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Washington State Response Department of Transportation

February 2004 assessment of improvements needed for 2010

REPLACE Peace Arch Inspection Facility

REVISE I-5-Blaine interchange geometry to preserve access and serve new facility

Safety Improvements on State Route 9

Widen State Route 539 from 2-3 lanes to 4-5 lanes

  • Supplemental Interstate Maint. and Improvements:

  • Snow & ice removal

  • Safety-rest areas

  • Additional signage

Some funded, others evolving



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FHWA Capacity Building ResponseProgram

Peer-to-Peer Exchange

Whatcom County staff

Salt Lake City staff


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FHWA Peer-to-Peer Exchange ResponseWhatcom County Salt Lake City


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Peer-to-Peer Topics Response

  • 2002 attendance & ticketing statistics

  • Project definition and funding

  • Transportation-demand-management

  • Communications program

  • Value of communication with the Organizing Committee

    • Transportation planning

    • Ticket sales

    • Lodging program


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Olympics Transportation Response Regional Planning Initiative

  • Ensure that Western Washington’s cross- border transportation systems complement a successful Olympics by responding to needs of increased mobility and security.

    • Provide a mechanism for communication with 2010 Organizing Committee planners.

    • Form and implement a coordinated, regional transportation plan.


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What will come (and go) our way? Response

The Basic Questions

  • How many Olympics travelers will transit or travel from Washington?

  • What travel demands will be placed on:

    • Border crossings?

    • U.S. Interstate 5?

    • Amtrak Cascades?

    • Regional airports?

  • Security?


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  • Venues Response

  • The border

  • Border crossings

  • Main cross-borderhighways

  • Amtrak

  • Airports

  • Marine

Source: Vancouver 2010 Bid-book.Volume 3, Theme 13, Transport, pg 79.


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Regional Planning Initiative Details Response

Coordinated between WCOG (MPO) & WSDOT

  • Travel demand forecasts

  • Identification of system enhancements

    • Infrastructure, operations, multi-agency efforts, ITS

  • Regional coordination tools

    • Compilation and distribution of regional project information

  • Ongoing revisions/communication IMTC & VANOC

  • Regional econometric modeling

    Estimated level of effort for WCOG

    5 ½ years -- $1.07 million


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Thank you Response

More information:

Vancouver 2010: www.winter2010.com

WCOG & IMTC: www.wcog.org

WSDOT: www.wsdot.wa.gov

Gordon RogersWhatcom Council of Governmentsgordon@wcog.org


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