Solving outstanding mega-event transport
challenges: the Olympic experience
How to explain the transport and traffic success of some of the most prestigious mega sport events such as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic
Games and the last Football World Cup in Germany? These successful operations are somewhat of a surprise because many past mega events
experienced severe transport problems; the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games among others. They were criticized beforehand because of expected
mega traffic chaos. Such criticisms are quite fair since most cities bidding to host mega events can hardly cope with normal traffic conditions.
Additional traffic of the magnitude of 200,000 to 600,000 daily spectators, visitors and support logistics is certainly more than enough to
trigger extensive congestion, adverse environmental impact and opposition by citizens.
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