Aerial Tram for SFU?
Given the access problems the Burnaby campus has faced with the recent spate of weather, maybe it is time to consider an alternative. Portland, Oregon, is once again showing the way with the recent of opening of the Aerial Tram connecting the Oregon Health and Sciences University on Marquam Hill with the South Waterfront development.
A source at TransLink did a little back-of-the envelope work:
Perhaps the Portland Aerial Tram will inspire some new thinking for access to SFU Burnaby Mountain I¹ve occasionally done some calculations based on manufacturers¹ web site data and it would certainly be feasible to replace the #145 Production Way Stn SFU shuttle bus route with either a two cabintram (like Portland) or a detachable gondola (like those at Whistler. Both would be faster than the bus and have sufficient capacity. Having fully loaded artic diesel buses grind up that hill all-day (reportedly being passed by fit cyclists!) can¹t be good for anyone.
For more on the tram and related development, check out the current issue of Price Tags: http://www.pricetags.ca/pricetags/pricetags90.pdf
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