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Burnaby Mountain Gondola

The second round of public engagement for the Burnaby Mountain Gondola project took place between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14, 2020. Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey and/or participated in one of our engagement events.


About the Project

TransLink is advancing the planning and project development of a Burnaby Mountain Gondola. A 3S gondola would provide a fast, frequent, and reliable service between the SkyTrain and Burnaby Mountain for the 25,000 daily trips made by SFU students, staff, faculty, and residents of UniverCity. Gondolas are safe, smart and cost-effective and they provide commuters with an environmentally friendly mode of transit that runs on electricity helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

In 2020, we completed additional technical work to help inform our engagement with stakeholders, the public, and Indigenous groups. The results of this work helped us evaluate the three proposed gondola routes, and update key information, such as ridership, cost, and benefits.

This work was shared during our second round of engagement between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14, 2020. Next, we will present a preferred route and design to Burnaby City Council and the Mayors’ Council, so they can provide direction on next steps.

 


Artistic rendering of the proposed Burnaby Mountain Gondola going up Burnaby Mountain

Pre-engagement (Jan. to Aug. 2020)

  • Listen to interests and concerns of stakeholders; do technical analysis to understand, avoid and mitigate possible impacts of route options.

  • Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement has finished this stage

Phase 1 Public Engagement (Sept. 1 to 30)

  • Request input on criteria to assess route options; share information about the route options and urban gondolas, generally.

  • Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement has finished this stage

Phase 2 Public Engagement (Nov. 23 to Dec. 14)

  • Share route assessment results; provide updates on route options following more technical work.

  • Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement has finished this stage

Final Report (winter 2020)

  • Share the final report with Burnaby Council and the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, including a route recommendation.

  • This is an upcoming stage for Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement

Investment Plan and Project Approval (early 2021)

  • For the project to proceed it must be included in an Investment Plan approved by the TransLink Board and Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation.

  • This is an upcoming stage for Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement

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 WayUniversity 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.

In May 2019, Burnaby City Council endorsed a recommendation that supports a gondola link from SkyTrain to the top of Burnaby Mountain, subject to several conditions. One such condition was to include the assessment of a third route option starting from Lake City Way Station, which has been done as part of the technical work throughout 2020.

Public engagement is a key component of rapid transit planning. We held our first round of public engagement from September 1-30, 2020, and our second round of engagement from November 23 to December 14, 2020. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey and/or participated in one of our engagement events. If you have any questions about the project, please email us at gondola@translink.ca or call 778.375.7220 with any questions.

The second round of public engagement for the Burnaby Mountain Gondola project took place between November 23 and December 14, 2020. The engagement focussed on the evaluation of the three proposed routes based on several criteria, such as the project benefits, costs, and neighbourhood, environment, and safety considerations. We shared a preliminary route evaluation with detailed information about each of the criteria. To view the details, please visit our Phase Two Engagement page.

The first round of public engagement for the Burnaby Mountain Gondola project took place between September 1 and 30, 2020. During the engagement, we shared information about the three route options, including travel times, costs and environmental impacts, as well as neighbourhood interests.

To learn about the public feedback we received, view the Phase One Stakeholder and Public Engagement Summary Report, or visit the Phase One Engagement page.

Nov. 23, 2020 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement Boards

Preliminary Route Evaluation Report

Appendix 1 - Phase One Stakeholder and Public Engagement Summary Report

Appendix 2 - Neighbourhood Considerations Analyses

Appendix 3 - Environmental Considerations Analyses

Appendix 4 - Safety Considerations

 

Sept 1, 2020 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Engagement Boards

Oct 1, 2020 - Phase One Stakeholder and Public Engagement Summary Report

Aug 1, 2020 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola 3S Memo

Apr 27, 2018 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Transit - Feasibility Study

May 12, 2011 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Transit Project Backgrounder

May 24, 2011 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Transit Project Information Boards

Oct 1 2011, - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Business Case

Oct 1, 2011 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Alternatives Assessment

Sep 12, 2011 - Phase Two Consultation Summary Report

Sep 12, 2011 - Phase Two Consultation Summary Report Appendices

May 24, 2011 - Phase One Consultation Summary Report

Jan 11, 2011 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Community Update #1

Aug 9, 2011 - Copperhill Meeting Minutes

Jul 28, 2011 - Simon Fraser Village Meeting Minutes

Jul 27, 2011 - Whattlekainum Meeting Minutes

Jul 25, 2011 - Hillside Meeting Minutes

May 24, 2011 - Burnaby Mountain Gondola Feedback Form


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