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Burnaby Mountain Gondola

Red Whistler Peak-to-Peak Gondola

TransLink is advancing the planning of a Burnaby Mountain Gondola to create a better regional connection for students, employees and residents who travel between Burnaby Mountain and other parts of Metro Vancouver. A 3S gondola would provide fast, frequent and reliable service, improving connectivity for the campus and broader community.

We are working closely with the City of Burnaby and Simon Fraser University.

During the first half of 2020, we will undertake additional technical work to help inform our engagement with stakeholders, the public and Indigenous groups. This will help us to confirm regional objectives, evaluate the three proposed alignments, and update key information, such as ridership, cost, and benefits.

This phase of work will result in a preferred concept, which will be presented to the Mayors’ Council so that they can provide us with direction on next steps.

We want to hear from you

Public engagement is a key component of rapid transit planning. We value your feedback and want to know what you think. Check back here for updates about public engagement opportunities or email us at gondola@translink.ca

How did we get here?

In 2014, the Mayors’ Council developed a 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation which noted that a high-capacity connection from Burnaby Mountain to a nearby SkyTrain station may be required, and that further investigation and consultation was needed.

In November 2016, the Phase One Investment Plan committed to updating a previous 2011 assessment of a gondola linking Production Way-University Station to SFU Square on Burnaby Mountain. This assessment determined that a gondola was a feasible solution for improving travel time, addressing reliability issues, meeting future travel demand, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2017, the merits of building a gondola were re-examined and we confirmed that there is still a compelling case for a gondola transit solution. For more details, view the updated Burnaby Mountain Gondola Transit feasibility study.

The latest project information can be found in the Document Library.

 

FAQs

Past studies considered a number of ground-based and aerial transit options, and settled on the 3S gondola technology as the preferred solution to connect Burnaby Mountain to SkyTrain.

The benefits of a 3S gondola system include: the ability to operate in high wind conditions, sufficient ridership capacity, and energy-efficiency, which results in lower operating costs.

We recently consulted with two aerial ropeway suppliers on technology options who confirmed that 3S technology remains the best option.

Three potential alignments linking Burnaby Mountain to the SkyTrain have been identified. They include:

Option 1: The 2011 business case considered several options, including straight-line service from various SkyTrain stations, but settled on Production Way-University Station as the closest and the most convenient for the largest number of potential users.

Option 2: The 2017 Feasibility Assessment added the kinked alignment from Production Way-University Station to address public concern about overhead service above the residential neighbourhood of Forest Grove.

Option 3: In 2019, at the request of Burnaby Mayor and Council, the kinked alignment option from Lake City Way Station to Burnaby Mountain was added for consideration to address public concern about the potential environmental impacts of Option 2 as well as public concern about overhead service above the residential neighbourhood of Forest Grove.

Updated cost estimates and discussions regarding potential funding contributions are part of the planning work that is underway.

The outcome of the current phase of work is the development of a preferred concept for submission to the Mayors’ Council in 2021. Subject to Mayors’ Council approval, the next step would be to develop a business case based on the preferred concept, which is needed to seek funding and other contributions from government. Securing funding for the project is required prior to a decision to proceed into procurement and construction.