April 1, 2015. 160 stairs. That is what the residents of the Riverside area face every day when they want to attend school, catch a bus, or visit friends up on the “escarpment”. It’s a thigh-burning, lung-crushing proposition. The alternative is to drive “all the way around” which involves a 4 km journey south to the Parkway, left onto Berkley and then back UP the hill.
Well, a solution is at hand. The DNV in cooperation with TransLink is going to install a funicular railway up the right-of-way that currently houses the 160 steps. April Fouls, TransLink spokesperson had this to say about the innovative project. “This is the first time we have installed a funicular (or incline railway). We aren’t sure how the system will hold up in the wet climate of the North Shore – but we are excited to be adding the first Canadian funicular west of the Rocky Mountains“.
Area resident, Jokeson Yu said that while he would miss the exercise, he was looking forward hopping into a funicular cabin each morning for his ride up to the 214 bus stop.