Route 1 connects SkyTrain Production Way-University Station and the core of the Simon Fraser Campus (SFU) atop Burnaby Mountain in a straight line. Of the three route options considered, it has the fastest end-to-end travel time of six minutes, highest ridership potential, lowest construction cost of $210 million, lowest annual operating cost of $5.6 million, and lowest footprint and environmental impact.
“The Burnaby Mountain Gondola project will create a safe and reliable transit option for Burnaby residents travelling to and from Burnaby Mountain. By taking cars and buses off the road it will be one of the many changes we must make in our city to achieve the aggressive targets we’ve set for reducing carbon emissions,” said Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley in a statement.
“Before endorsing this project, council stressed the importance of consultation with residents, businesses and First Nations, and we expect that dialogue to continue should this project move forward.”
In a statement to Daily Hive Urbanized, TransLink says Burnaby City Council’s project endorsement and route selection allows it to proceed to the next step of further public consultation and to complete the project’s business case.
“TransLink can proceed with additional technical analysis to continue to build our project knowledge, and further engage with the public later this year,” reads the statement.
“This publicly stated support informs decision-makers around the Mayors’ Council table about Burnaby’s stated priorities for TransLink’s next 10-year Regional Vision. The gondola will benefit Burnaby residents and the region as a whole, offering faster, greener, more cost-effective service than bus.”