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Commuters make way for Olympic hordes

The Canadians who are volunteering at these Games are, like volunteers at all Olympics, very friendly. I get a slightly different vibe from the Canadians who use Vancouver's rail system to commute.

Transportation plans for these Games make heavy use of the rail system, which makes sense. But the trains don't seem as roomy as those in Washington, and I've definitely seen some dirty looks from the regular commuters.

I am not taking this personally. I am a regular Metro rider and I know I'd be less than thrilled if the already jammed Orange Line trains were even further packed by (shudder) journalists.

Vancouver commuters are really going to face a challenge in a few days when events begin and actual fans join the fun. The media ridership is a drop in the bucket in comparison with what's to come.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 12, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
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