Building an even better future for SFU
COVID-19 has tested us all. SFU students, like others across Canada, have had to adapt to new ways of learning in very challenging circumstances.
It hasn’t been easy, but everyone is pulling together. At the same time, SFU is planning for students’ return to campus.
We want your experience to be better than ever. Improving transit is an important way to make that happen.
When in-person classes return, more than 25,000 trips will be taken to Burnaby Mountain every day by people who face some of the longest commute times in Canada.
And in the winter, bus service is often interrupted and cancelled by snow storms, leaving commuters stranded.
TransLink Planners have studied the issue and proposed a Burnaby Mountain Gondola.
It’s cost-effective. It’s better for the environment. And it provides reliable service year-round—even when it snows.
A Burnaby Mountain Gondola will make life better for everyone—students, employees, visitors and the entire community.
Take the TransLink survey to help bring a gondola to SFU.
three reasons to support the gondola
Better for the
By eliminating 50,000 hours of diesel bus operations, the Burnaby Mountain Gondola would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,700 tonnes per year. That's the equivalent of taking 1,500 cars off the road. Source: 2018 feasibility study.
More Cost Effective to Operate
The Burnaby Mountain Gondola will cost less to run than the current fleet of diesel buses, saving taxpayers $35 million over a 30-year period, and 26 buses would be deployed to other communities in the region. Source: 2018 feasibility study.
More reliable transit all year round
At peak hours, students can see up to four buses travel past them, doubling the length of their journey up and down the mountain. In winter snow storms, bus service can be halted altogether. The Burnaby Mountain Gondola would reduce ride time for students, faculty, staff and visitors who commute to Burnaby Mountain from across the Lower Mainland—even in the snow. Source: 2018 feasibility study.
The Burnaby Mountain gondola would carry as many as 3,000 people per hour
Commuters from Production Way would see their ride time cut in half
It would free up 26 buses that could go to more suitable routes in Metro Vancouver
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More questions about the gondola?
In 2017, TransLink planners studied the issue on Burnaby Mountain and found a compelling case for replacing the current diesel bus service with a Burnaby Mountain Gondola alternative. To learn more about the findings, read the feasibility study.
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