City of Port Moody joins Vancouver 2010 community contributor program; parking lots to help Organizing Committee encourage motorists to park and ride transit



    VANCOUVER, May 15 /CNW/ - The City of Port Moody will contribute hundreds
of parking spaces to help the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) encourage drivers to take public
transit during Games time.
    The partnership, announced today, falls under VANOC's community
contributor program, designed to engage community groups in the Games and
invite their active participation in welcoming the world in 2010.
    The City of Port Moody will make parking areas available to passengers
using the West Coast Express train from February 12 to February 28 in the
Rocky Point Pool parking lot at 2800 Murray Street (150 parking spaces) and
the Inlet playing field in the 3200-block of Murray Street (300 parking
spaces). The lots will be staffed by volunteer parking attendants, provided by
the city, to provide directions and general assistance to users.
    The agreement will also allow VANOC to use meeting and training spaces at
the Port Moody Recreation Complex from May 15, 2009 through January 31, 2010.
    "We're delighted the City of Port Moody is joining our team," said Taleeb
Noormohamed, VANOC director, corporate strategy and partner relations. "The
almost 500 parking spots they're providing will help encourage motorists to
park and take public transit during the Games."
    The Games-time transportation plan is based on a reduction of at least 30
per cent in local vehicle traffic into downtown Vancouver. The Port Moody
parking spots will support West Coast Express customers on a first-come,
first-serve basis. The West Coast Express will have an 80 per cent capacity
increase during the Games by adding six additional trips on weekdays, nine
more on Saturdays and seven on Sundays.
    "As a community contributor, we look forward to leveraging our
international recognition as an official partner of VANOC and building upon
our past successes such as the International Awards for Livable Communities,
which we received in 2004," said Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini. "Now that the
City of Port Moody has been recognized as a community contributor, we will be
marketing our city internationally to attract Olympic teams to use Port
Moody's facilities to prepare for the Games, as well as to attract cultural
and special events to take place in Port Moody."
    In exchange for their support, community contributors receive a wide
range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the
Games including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities.
    More information on the integrated transportation plan for the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games by the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team
(OPTT), including maps and a fact sheet, is available at
www.vancouver2010.com. Detailed transportation information will be made widely
available in fall 2009 as residents and visitors to the Games Host Region
begin to determine their more detailed travel plans.

    About the City of Port Moody

    Port Moody - City of the Arts! - is located at the head of Burrard Inlet
and at the foot of Eagle Mountain. A vibrant city of 30,000, Port Moody is
located an easy 40-minute drive from both downtown Vancouver and the
Canada-United States border and just steps from seaside parks, mountain trails
and lakes.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Please visit www.vancouver2010.com for
more information.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jennifer Young, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-3589, jennifer_young@vancouver2010.com; Chris
Brumwell, VANOC Communications, (604) 403-1869,
chris_brumwell@vancouver2010.com

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