Gondola service pondered for N.W. Calgary
Calgary Transit is looking at the possibility of building a gondola to ferry commuters from a northwest LRT station to other nearby high-demand areas not directly served by the C-Train.
"We're looking at moving people from an LRT station to a high activity centre that's not currently on an LRT line. And that would be something like the Foothills hospital, Alberta Children's Hospital or the University of Calgary," he said.
McKendrick said since there's no room in that area for a special transit lane, adding more buses is not a better solution.
"There's only so many buses you can pump through those areas without them being stuck in their own traffic jam," he said.
"There's a variety of benefits," said Steven Dale, a Toronto-based expert on the transit systems.
"One is the cost. On a sort of apples to apples comparison, you're generally looking a price point of about one quarter to half the price of light rail," he said, adding that gondolas are quick to build and generally very safe.
McKendrick said the city believes it could build the northwest gondola system for about $5 to 10 million per kilometre.
The cars would hold six to 10 people and come by every 10 seconds or so.
The city hopes to begin a study this fall to see if a gondola is feasible.