LEITNER Ropeways: Why Choose Urban Gondolas?

Post by Gondola Project

LEITNER Ropeways gives us 11 great reasons for choosing Cable Propelled Transit in an urban environment. Click on the video above to learn more.

We can think of lots more. What do you think?



System Dossier: Mi Teleferico (La Paz-El Alto Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Image by Flickr user Inhabitat

The Bolivian city of La Paz provides a model as to how cable propelled transit can be incorporated successfully into an urban environment. The sprawling metro was subject to a highly inefficient transit system unable to handle growing user demand.

Additionally, the chaotic traffic on the roads produced harmful noise and air pollution. Working together, the federal and municipal governments found an effective solution to curtail this pressing issue.

The publicly financed La Paz-El Alto Cable Car, known as Mi Teleferico, has been a wild success. The Doppelmayr built system, completed in 2014, consists of 3 MDG (monocable detachable gondola) lines, which cover a total distance of 10km. Navigating the mountainous terrain, the service reduces travel time significantly between the two cities.

Image by Flickr user David Baggins.

Image by Flickr user Inhabitat

In the system’s first two years of operations, it transported an incredible 43.2 million passengers with a daily record of 162,000 riders. In the year of 2015, Mi Teleferico has generated a profit of $21 million.

The incredible popularity has led project planners to expand the number lines by 7; increasing the length of the network by more than 20 km. Mi Teleferico demonstrates how gondola systems can be an effective way to improve transportation in a busy metropolis.

LineLength (km)StationTravel Time (min)Capacity (pphpd)Speed (m/s)
Red (Linea Roja)2.43103,0005
Yellow (Linea Amarilla)3.9413.53,0005
Green (Linea Verde)3.7416.63,0005



Photo of the Week: Maokong Gondola

Post by Nick Chu

A 4.0km urban cable car located in the Taiwanese capital which transports riders throughout the mountainous recreation area of Maokong. Learn more here.



System Dossier: Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Image by Flickr user Morgaine

The World Fair or Expo’ presents the opportunity for cities to develop and improve their national brand through their exhibitions. Cities see a large influx of tourists eager to see and learn about the country and what it has to offer. In 1992, the maritime city of Lisbon, Portugal was awarded to host the 1998 World Fair. The Parque das Nações (English: Nations’ Park) was selected as the site to display an innovative, modern perspective of historical Lisbon.

It’s theme of “The oceans: A heritage for the future” was conveyed through the development of an Oceanarium as well as the construction of both Vasco Da Gama Mall and Tower. The newly redesigned waterfront was ultimately completed by the construction of a gondola to connect the two venues.

Image by Flickr user Aapo Haapanen

The Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car) is a Doppelmayr built, MDG (monocable detachable gondola) system that leisurely glides over the Parque Nações. The cable car, which is not integrated within Lisbon’s public transit network, travels 1.2 km along the Tagus River connecting the Vasco Da Gama Tower in the north to the Oceanarium in the south.

During the Expo, the gondola provided an efficient means of transportation between the two attractions. Today, however, the cable car operates as its own complimentary attraction that presents both tourists and locals with panoramic views of the Parque Nações and surrounding areas. Though Expo ’98 is long over, the Telecabine Lisboa continues to provide visitors with a fun and memorable experience.

Length (km) 1.2
Stations 2
Year Opened 1998
Cabin Capacity 8 (reg)
Fare (euro) 3.95
Trip Time 8-12 minutes
Maximum speed (m/s) 4
Line Capacity (pphpd) 2,000

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Urban Gondolas May Soon Be A Reality in Banff

Post by Gondola Project

Image from Banff On the Move.

3.4km conceptual route alignment with 5 stations. Image from Banff On the Move.

Explore how Banff, Canada, a resort town in the Canadian Rockies, is planning to use Cable Propelled Transit to solve its urban transport challenges. Read more here.



Photo of the Week: Mexicable

Post by Nick Chu

#teleférico #mexicable

A photo posted by Ra Hernandez (@ovatsugluar) on

#Inicio de #operaciones del #Mexicable #Ecatepec #Edoméx

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System Dossier: Emirates Air Line

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Image by Transport for London

London, England is home to a wide variety of world famous landmarks. Many destinations such as Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben clock tower are steeped with incredible historical significance. Other attractions, however, add their own modern flair and character to the city. This includes the popular Emirates Air Line cable car.

In 2012, the Big Smoke was at the centre of the sporting universe. Fans and athletes of all nationalities arrived at the British capital to experience the Games of the XXX Olympiad. This presented a perfect opportunity for the city to launch the cable car attraction.

Image by flickr user clive darra.

Transport for London (TfL) partnered with Emirates to construct the United Kingdom’s first urban gondola. The cable car was completed in less than a year, just in time for opening of the Games on June 28th, 2012. The cable car built by Doppelmayr is an MDG (monocable detachable gondola) system that is situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich – located on the eastern side of the city. This area contains many exciting tourists attractions such as the Cutty Sark and local history spots like the National Maritime Museum.

The Emirates Air Line transports passengers roughly 1 kilometer across the Thames River at a maximum height of 90 meters between its two stations: the Royal Docks, and the Greenwich Peninsula. From the Royal Docks, passengers can visit Newham City Farm, the Museum of London Docklands, and the ExCeL convention center. The Greenwich Peninsula is a 5-minute walk from the O2 Arena and North Greenwich subway station.

A one-way trip over the Thames River takes approximately 10 minutes; however, after 7 p.m., the run extends to around 13 minutes allowing passengers to indulge in the breathtaking views of Canary Wharf and the London skyline. The system attract over 1.5 million passengers per year and is one of the few, if not only transport line in London which generates a profit.


Length (km) 1.1
Year Opened 2012
Ridership 1.5 million
Line Capacity (pphpd) 2,500
Fare Price (£) 4.50 (1-way, adult)
Trip Time (minutes) 10
Maximum speed (m/s) 6.0
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