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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.
Following public engagement in fall 2020, our goal is to present a single route and design to the Mayors’ Council so they can provide us with direction on next steps. (The Burnaby Mountain Gondola project is not yet approved or funded).
In 2020, we have been doing additional technical work to help inform our engagement with stakeholders, the public, and Indigenous groups.
The results of this work will help us to evaluate the three proposed gondola routes, and update key information, such as ridership, cost, and benefits.
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.
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.
Details regarding historical project information can be found in the Document Library.
Public engagement is a key component of rapid transit planning. Please go to our Engagement Centre to sign up for updates and to learn more about the project.