Sullivan announces "Olympic Streetcar" trial

It has now been publicly announced, and reported in The Vancouver Sun: the current streetcar run down SE False Creek, now using an old Interurban car, will be turned into a new Bombardier-sponsored demonstration streetcar.

Mayor Sam Sullivan unveiled plans for what is being dubbed the Olympic Line, with International Olympic Committee approval, Tuesday with hopes that the test will lead to establishment of the long-sought permanent streetcar network that would loop around to serve all of downtown to Stanley Park.

I'm going to be optimistic that this is the beginning of Vancouver's renewed love affair with the streetcar system, and not just a way to pretend our way to a 'sustainable' transit system. I have to say this is a far shot more practical than the 'novelty' Expo '86 monorail.

From Jan. 21 to March 21, 2010, two modern streetcars will run 1.8km from Granville Island to the future Canada Line Olympic Village Station at Cambie and 2nd. The line will follow the same route as the Downtown Historic Railway.
Both trains will be on loan from Brussels and will most likely return to Europe after the Olympic Games are over, the Mayor said.
Costing $8.5 million, the demonstration project budget includes $500,000 from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation which owns and runs Granville Island.

It's interesting that the previous $60 million price tag has dropped to $8.5 million, the figure reported in The Tyee. As transit systems go, $4million per km is not so bad!