25
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Rio’s Providência Cable Car Set to Open (Again?) in May

Post by Nick Chu

Image by Flickr user Sebástian Freire.

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

Providência Cable Car (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
Residents of Rio de Janeiro can breathe a sign of relief, now that officials have announced the Teleférico da Providência will actually commence operations this May. The system will operate from 7am-7pm and is expected to transport 8000 passengers per day. The announcement came as something of a surprise since construction was completed in May 2013. What’s more, the cable car was reported to have opened for service last July!

Téléphérique Oued Koreiche-Bouzaréah (Algeria)
Since opening in September 2014, the Téléphérique Oued Koreiche-Bouzaréah in Algiers’ suburbs has been wholly embraced by locals. The 2.9km urban cable car now attracts 6,500 each day. That’s about 200,000 riders per month who didn’t have a ride a year ago.

Aerial Pods Planned Again in Israel
Last year, Skytrans announced plans to work with Tel Aviv. Now it appears that the company has partnered with the municipality of Herzliya to explore the feasibility of an aerial maglev. However, officials cautioned that the system is merely in the planning stages and has a long way to go.

23
Apr

2015

Photo of the Week: Ocean Park Cable Car

Post by Nick Chu

Ocean Park Cable Car. Image by Flickr user harmon.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user harmon.

About:
Although not actually a mass transit gondola, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Cable Car acts like one. One of the world’s only “dual” mono-cable detachable gondolas, it efficiently uses two cable-car systems side-by-side. It boasts a 4000-person capacity spread over 252 cabins. The 1.5km ride is an indispensable link for the park’s 7 million annual visitors, and offers breathtaking views of Nam Long Shan (Brick Hill) and Deep Water Bay.

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.

22
Apr

2015

Pardatschgratbahn (Ischgl, Austria)

Post by Nick Chu


Thanks go to Reader Reto from Switzerland, who sent us a video of the mighty Pardatschgratbahn in Ischgl, Austria.

This new 3S cable car adds to the small but growing list of tricable detachable gondolas in the world. It reportedly has the greatest height difference of any 3S: 1,251m! (That’s almost 50% taller than the world’s tallest building in Dubai.)

Even more impressive is the 3S’s design. With its slick red, white and black cabins, this system is one of the most aesthetically pleasing 3S gondolas yet. For a full system description click here.

20
Apr

2015

System Dossier: Telluride and Mountain Village Gondola

Post by Nick Chu

Telluride & Mountain Village Gondola. Image by Flickr user Ken Lund.

The Telluride & Mountain Village Gondola is one of the few public transit cable cars in North America. It directly connects the Colorado mountain towns of Telluride and Mountain Village.

This $16 million gondola was built to reduce traffic between the two areas and the consequent pollution, plus enable skiers access without use of cars or buses. In fact, the system saves all users an 8-mile (12km), 20-minute drive, taking just 13 minutes. It operates for 17 hours each day during the winter and summer seasons from 7:00am – 12:00am.

Every year this free transit line, called the most beautiful commute in America, provides service to some 2.25 million passengers. In fact, the gondola was named the Outstanding Transit Project by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies in 1999.

It’s financed through real estate transfer assessments. It is such a successful example of public transit, cities considering their own cable car line should closely study its figures.

 

System Statistics:

Length (km) 4.0
Stations 4
Year Opened 1996
Capacity 844 (1st section); 622 (2nd section)
Ridership (yearly) 2,250,000
Trip Time 13 minutes
Maximum Speed (m/s) 5

 

17
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Penang Chief Minister Announces Urban Cable Car, Skycab

Post by Nick Chu

Penang Sky Cab.

Penang Sky Cab.

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

Penang Skycab
Plans for an urban gondola were announced this week in Penang, Malaysia. The 3km system — estimated to cost RM 250-300 million (USD$69-83 million) — will connect Penang Sentral, a future multimodal transport hub in the town of Butterworth, to George Town on Penang island. The island is already linked via ferry and road, but the cable car will provide an alternative and more comfortable form of transit for 1,000 persons per hour in each direction. Passengers are expected to be both tourists and commuters.

POMA’s Presence in Algeria
Algerian news agency, Reporters, interviewed POMA Director Jean Souchal regarding the ropeway manufacturer’s growing presence in Algeria. The country is Africa’s leader in urban cable cars with systems in Algiers, Blida, Constantine, Oran and Tlemcen. The Franco-Algerian partnership should pave the way for more urban gondolas.

Base-to-Base Gondola (Olympic Valley, California)
First there was the world-famous Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler, BC. Now, a Base-to-Base Gondola is being developed to connect the iconic mountains of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The 1400-capacity gondola hopes to improve skiers’ experience and reduce vehicular traffic between the sites.

16
Apr

2015

Photo of the Week: Teleférico de Gaia

Post by Nick Chu

Image by Flickr user Sérgio Lopes.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user Sérgio Lopes.

About:
The Teleférico de Gaia is Porto, Portugal’s 562m urban cable car system. This gondola quickly takes tourists on a sweeping panoramic ride over this town’s historic UNESCO-recognized city center, from the Douro riverside to the upper deck of the magnificent Dom Luis I Bridge. More than tourist experience in itself, it’s also provides convenient access to some of Porto’s most preferred sites and amenities including its ancient Cathedral, world-renowned wine lodges and the Serra do Pilar Monastery.

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.

15
Apr

2015

Metal Cable to My Cable Car

Post by Nick Chu

Proving once again that cable cars are the most romantic transport technology in the world (link 1, link 2, link 3)… ;)

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