Over the last two years there has been talk of a gondola to transport students up Burnaby Mountain to Simon Fraser University. In recent months, a proposal has been put together and the concept is now up for discussion.
Connecting the Production Way SkyTrain station to the SFU campus, the proposed gondola would travel about 2.5 kilometers up the mountain.
“The concept would use the technology that’s currently employed in the Peak2Peak Gondola at Whistler,” said TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie. Peak2Peak is a 4.4-kilometre gondola system that connects the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The SFU Community Trust had a gondola feasibility study drawn up last year, which projected the line could move between 2,000 and 3,000 people per hour. [Source: CBC Vancouver]
Serving students, faculty, staff and UniverCity residents, the line would replace the diesel buses that currently run up and down the mountain throughout the day.
The gondola will replace one major bus route and is expected to be a mere six-minute ride from Production Station directly to the Cornerstone bus loop on campus. During rush hour, gondolas would leave Production station approximately every 15 seconds, a fraction of the time that buses take.
If it were built, in addition to being reliable even in winter conditions, the gondola would reduce SFUâ€™s 1.5 million bus trips a year by about half. Emissions would also be reduced by approximately 1,870 tonnes per year.” [Source: The Peak]
Apart from being more environmentally-friendly, cutting travel times, and potentially being a tourist attraction, there is some opposition to the plan.
TransLink’s plan for a $70-million gondola to Simon Fraser University has raised concerns from some Burnaby residents who worry they could end up living under the proposed tramline… …Glen Armstrong, who has lived in the complex for 25 years, said he can see how the project is more cost-effective for TransLink, but he’s worried the gondola will change his quiet, woodsy neighbourhood.” [Source: Vancouver Sun]
TransLink will be hosting a series of Open Houses this week to discuss the proposal:
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