31
Mar

2015

Fatzer — Don’t Be Roped In With Massive Legacy Expenses

Post by Steven Bochenek

Fatzer Performa Wire Rope Cable

The rope is the heart of any ropeway — but companies that produce these components say that planners who ignore this fact early in the process do so to their detriment. Image via Fatzer AG.

Imagine dressing for the most important presentation of your career. Your $3,000 hand-tailored suit is perfectly matched with a newly pressed bespoke shirt, bright silk tie, and completed by richly burnished brogues. Then it is utterly spoiled by gym socks.

Add several zeroes to that initial sum and you have just pictured the sartorial equivalent to mismatching steel wire rope to your urban cable-car system. It can be an ugly error — but unlike socks, which are easily changed, this expensive mistake keeps on taking.

“When a cable-car system is designed, it is uniquely calibrated to fit with whichever gauge and quality of rope is selected. So the time to select the appropriate rope is right at the start,” says Matthias Stacher of Romanshorn, Switzerland. He’s the Sales Manager of Fatzer, among the world leaders in the production of steel wire for cable car systems since 1900. So he knows what he is talking about.

 

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27
Mar

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Cars Proposed in Cardiff (UK) and Morges (Switzerland); Interconnect Gondola Approved

Post by Nick Chu

Cardiff Bay. Image by Flickr user Ed Webster.


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

£100 Million Proposal (Cardiff, UK) 
Cardiff Business Council, the city’s investment arm, wants to start a feasibility study on a £100 million (US$150 million) urban cable car which connects the CBD, the bay area, and the town of Penarth. Project proponents believe the system will serve a dual purpose by transporting tourists and commuters alike. The envisioned cable car is 5 miles in length with a capacity of 2,500.

Switzerland’s First Urban Cable Car
Morges, a small Swiss town is expected to grow by 15,000 – 18,000 persons/jobs by 2030. As part of its regional transportation study, an urban gondola linking Longeraie, future neighbourhood of En Molliau, and a train station is being explored. The study is expected to be complete by spring 2016.

Interconnect Gondola Approved (Park City, Utah)
Vail Resorts is on its way to becoming the biggest ski destination in the USA after City Hall approves the Interconnect Gondola. This 1.4 mile (2.3km) ropeway will connect Park City Mountain Resort to Canyons Resort. In approximately 7 months time, the system is expected to be fully operational when ski reason kicks off again in November. The gondola is the centrepiece of Vail’s $50 million package of proposed improvements. 

26
Mar

2015

Photo of the Week: Teleférico do Alemão

Post by Nick Chu

Telefércio do Alemão. Image by Flickr user Angeline Jacques.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user Angeline Jacques.

About:
The Teleférico do Alemão is a 3.5km, 6-station urban gondola in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. First opened in 2011, the fully integrated system provides favela residents with a direct connection to the city’s urban rail network.

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.

25
Mar

2015

Quick Dwell Times Demonstrated Again – Steinbergbahn

Post by Nick Chu

The topic of dwell times has always been a gripping issue on the Gondola Project (see here and here). Arguably, this talking point is now increasingly important as more urban cable cars are built. And let’s be honest, in today’s fast-paced city centers, no one wants to spend a few minutes sitting in a station.

We previously witnessed 40 second dwell times on the gondola lift in Hasliberg, Switzerland but never had video evidence.

Luckily, thanks to reader Tommy W, he sent us a clip of the new Steinbergbahn in Saalbach, Austria which provides evidence that mid-station dwell times can indeed be 40 seconds. Take a look (starts at 1:43).

 

20
Mar

2015

Weekly Roundup: Singapore’s Second Urban Cable Car to Open in May

Post by Nick Chu

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island. Image by Flickr user Christine Schindler.


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Intra-Island Cable Car (Singapore)
One of Singapore’s biggest tourist destinations, Sentosa, is marking the country’s jubilee celebrations with free entry for all visitors entering via the Broadwalk. As part of the festivities, perhaps one of the most anticipated events is the scheduled opening of Singapore’s second urban gondola — the Intra-Island Cable Car — in May. The new system will improve transport options for the growing number of island visitors by linking Imbiah Lookout to Siloso Park.

Proposed Cable Car for Madhugiri (India) 
Asia’s second largest monolith, the Madhugiri, may one day be connected by a cable car after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah mooted the idea during the Budget. At 1200m in height, this geological feature is already visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Proponents believe a cable car can create jobs and enhance tourism opportunities. 

Computer Glitch (British Columbia, Canada)
Riders were stuck onboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride last Friday night after a computer glitch. After 40 years of trouble-free operations, it seems that the malfunction was related to a recent $6.8 million upgrade to the system’s electronics.

19
Mar

2015

Photo of the Week: Linea Verde – Mi Teleferico (Green Line, My Cable Car)

Post by Nick Chu

04.12.14. (La Paz) - El presidente Evo Morales inaugura la Línea Verde de "Mi teleférico", que va de la Curva de Holguín a Irpavi. (Foto: Enzo De Luca)

Image by Flickr user Prensa Palacio Bolivia.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user Prensa Palacio Bolivia.

About:
Linea Verde (Green Line) is part of the Mi Teleferico cable car network in La Paz, Bolivia. The 3.7km Green Line has 4 stations and was the last of the 3 cable car lines to open.

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.

18
Mar

2015

Cable Car of Santo Domingo – International Call for Tenders

Post by Nick Chu

A little over 2 weeks ago, we learned that Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic was planning to construct its first urban cable car. Earlier this week, we were informed that an invitation to tender was released.

The Executive Unit for the Transformation of La Barquita Neighbourhood and Surroundings (URBE) is now spearheading the project and has published the tender below.

Spanish Version (official)

English Version

 

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