10 Mar 2014

145 Trans Link Bus Can Kick the Dust

1038 writes:*

If the 145 Trans Link bus could disappear and be replaced by a gondola, that would be great. The experience of riding the tedious and painfully slow 145 that heads up the Burnaby Mountain to Simon Fraser University is not only inconvenient for an acclaimed communal university but also not favorable to the environment. Four “sorry bus full” buses pass you by, whereas if there were a gondola, a lot more people would be able to be transported up and down the mountain more efficiently.

Why the proposal to build a gondola is not moving at a faster pace is an important question. Yes it is expensive, yes there are debates on who will pay for the project and yes towers will be built developing concerns about surrounding wildlife but who cares! A gondola means six minutes off the commute, fewer delays, less air pollution and a happier student population.

Bottom Line: Just build the gondola already!

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.


#4780 said...

I saw the huge line up for the 145 today and I symphonize for the students that have to take that bus during peak hours. I had my doubts about the gondola thinking it would not be in favor in a cost and benefit analysis however facts online state otherwise.

In my five years at SFU, I've only experienced two snowdays. Sometimes while traveling to class I see coyotes, deer, and even black bears. I would not want to compromise the habitat of the beautiful creatures. I’m already angered every time I pass by what used to be a field for deer in Coquitlam replaced by townhomes and ironically, metal statues of deer.

Anyway, personal feelings aside, economically it does seem to make sense to build a gondala. I wish some of this data was incorporated into your blog post.

The population including students commuting to SFU, dorms, elementary school, and UniverCITY is approximately 34,000. This number is sure to grow with more apartments currently being built.

It would have benefitted your blog post to mention that not only the students using 145 but aswell as 143 and 144.

A large and cheaper carpark than one at the top will even provide incentives for students driving to park at the base of the mountain.

The most impressive fact that stood out to me is that the planned gondala is expected to run on hybrid power reducing 50,000 hours of what would have been bus operation.

On the downside, if the gondola requires maintenance it will be difficult to find a window of opportunity to repair or fix it.

This was a very interesting topic to pick because it is close to home. Some statistical facts would have strengthened your opinion and provided it more legitimacy than just stating your thoughts.

5786 said...

I do agree that 145 is way to congested, however, is gondola efficient is a different problem I believe.
First of all, the size of gondola will matter. If it cannot carry people as many as buses do, it will just cost people more and leave them satisfied.
Also, related to size, the number of gondola is important. Depending on how many gondolas are moving, people might have to wait even longer than before.
And you have mentioned that buses are harming environment, but wouldn't gondolas create the same problem?
Your post could be improved by including some specific data of gondola and it's side effects.
But as a sfu student, I wish we had a gondola.

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