Production Way–University station
|Location||3298 Production Way, Burnaby|
|Owned by||BC Ministry of Transportation, TransLink|
|Parking||220 space park and ride|
|Opened||August 31, 2002|
Production Way–University is a rapid transit station on Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system, located at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Production Way in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Production Way–University was originally constructed as part of the Millennium Line; a reorganization of SkyTrain service patterns in 2016 brought a branch of the Expo Line over the existing tracks to also serve the station.
The station was intended to be a major transfer point to Simon Fraser University, so as well as having local suburban bus connections, it is the terminus to the #145 bus running to SFU, which carries just over half of all bus traffic to the university. The station's commercial space has a Mac's Convenience Store, a Subway restaurant, a pizza place, and a coffee shop. This station has a 220 space park and ride.
On October 22, 2016, Production Way–University became the terminus station of the new Expo Line branch with service to Waterfront. Millennium Line service continued in both directions while Lougheed Town Centre served as the new terminus, until the Evergreen Extension opened on December 2, 2016.
The SFU Community Trust has proposed extending the TransLink system from this station through the installation of a tri-cable gondola lift to travel up Burnaby Mountain to the SFU Transit Exchange. The proposed lift would use a 30-passenger Doppelmayr Garaventa 3S Gondola, the same model as the Whistler Blackcomb Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The trust has proposed the gondola because it felt the system is not weather-dependent like buses, cheaper to maintain, and more environmentally friendly. The provincial government commissioned a feasibility study for the proposal, but in 2012, a business case concluded that building and operating a gondola would cost $12 million more compared to continuing to serve the SFU campus by bus. Therefore, the construction of a gondola is unlikely to proceed in the short term.
- Bus bay assignments;
- 1 - 145 SFU (Loading)
- 2 - 110 Metrotown Station, 136 Lougheed Station, N9 Coquitlam Station
- 3 - 110 Lougheed Station, 136 Brentwood Station
- 4 - 145 Production Station (Unloading), N9 Downtown NightBus
- "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- Brown, Scott (November 7, 2016). "TransLink will open Evergreen Line on Dec. 2". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- "Gondola aired". Simon Fraser University. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- Burnaby Mtn. gondola shelved by TransLink - CBC News
- Map of Production Way – University Station
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