May 28, 2019 1:59 am
Updated: May 28, 2019 11:37 am

Burnaby council approves further study into SFU gondola

An image of Portland's Aerial Tram. Burnaby city council Monday night approved further study into the viability of a similar gondola running between SFU and Production Way Skytrain station.

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Simon Fraser University is closer to getting a gondola between Production Way SkyTrain and the university than ever before.

On Monday night, Burnaby City Council approved TransLink to continue researching the possibility.

Colin Fowler with the group Build the SFU Gondola says it’s a big win.

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“For the first time in 10 years we’ve seen definitive action on getting the gondola closer to completion, so although we still have consultations to go through we’re still really excited about the outcome and what it’s going to lead to.”

“Double the capacity of the existing buses, you have huge travel time savings for students you have 1,870 tonnes of greenhouse gases that will be saved every year, and no more snow days we don’t have to get out of class and worry about getting home.”

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The possibility of the gondola has been studied by TransLink in the past, but this is the first time a Burnaby city council has endorsed the idea.

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TransLink will now have to go and come up with how exactly a gondola between Production Way SkyTrain station and SFU would work.

Fowler says there’s countless reasons why students need the other travel option.

“Double the capacity of the existing buses, you have huge travel time savings for students you have 1,870 tonnes of greenhouse gases that will be saved every year, and no more snow days — we don’t have to get out of class and worry about getting home.”

City council also found it important that people in the area where the gondola will be will get to have their say.

According to initial findings, the gondola would take five minutes to get to SFU, and would still be able to function in snow.

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