The media briefing started just a few minutes ago but a little bird sent me a message last night saying that VANOC will not use a transponder system to try to deal with the traffic up to Whistler during the Olympics.
The highway is potentially one of their main traffic nightmares, since they will be trying to prevent anyone without a guaranteed parking spot from going up the road, but they’ll need to let through the many residents of Whistler, Pemberton and more to their homes.
I’ve heard from a couple of sources that the transportation planning got started late and is a bit of a nightmare generally. As a result, by the time things got organized, it was too late to think about putting in a transponder system. But then what will they do? Stopping all cars to check for passes seems like a traffic nightmare.