18
Oct

2019

Weekly Roundup: Reviews Abound

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The Hudson River, separating Albany and Rensselaer, New York, is the proposed site of a cable transit system now entering the environmental review process.
Photo Credit: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia
  • After being closed for more than a week after stalling, the Disney Skyliner gondola is back in operation. It’s reported by officials that following a review with the manufacturer, training and operations adjustments were made, as well as improvements to how Disney workers communicate with gondola riders.


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11
Oct

2019

Weekly Roundup: Table Mountain Cableway Celebrates 90 Years

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The Table Mountain Cableway in Cape Town, South Africa taken the year the first system began operation in 1929. This year marks 90 years of cable car operation!
  • South Africa’s Table Mountain Cableway celebrated 90 years last week. In the article “LOOK: Table Mountain’s Cableway glorius 90-year ride,” the author recounts the vision and efforts needed to make the cable cars opening in 1929 a reality. Located in Cape Town, the cable car sees about 29 million visitors a year.


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04
Oct

2019

Weekly Roundup: Urban Ropeways Feasibility Discussed in Manila

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Ngong Ping cable car
The Urban Gondola in Hong Kong is an example the Philippines looks towards as they explore the possibility their own urban aerial transit system in Manila.
Photo credit: Alexander Savin, flickr
  • As we highlighted earlier this week, in this CNN video Gondola Project’s Steven Dale speaks about the Philippines developing their first-ever cable car system for Metro Manila.  And in this related article, Cable cars may be feasible for parts of Metro Manila, an official of the Asian Development Bank comments on the feasibility of cable cars for Manila’s public transport.
  • Right on scheduled, on September 29, Disney World launched its new Disney Skyliner cable car system. It has nearly 300 Disney-themed cabins which hold up to 10 people each. The gondolas are part of the Disney World transit system which provides 100 million rides a year and includes buses, vans, parking lot trams, watercraft and monorails, and goes to theme parks, hotels, and other related locations.


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03
Oct

2019

Steven Dale on The Rice Report

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Gondola Project’s Steven Dale, Principal and Urban Planner, has been busy! He was recently a guest on The Rice Report to talk the benefits aerial transit could bring to a community. Watch the full episode below.

Aerial Transit: Masses fly through the air to get to work

Posted by The Rice Report on Tuesday, September 24, 2019


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01
Oct

2019

Gondola Project on CNN

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Gondola Project’s own Steven Dale, Urban Planner, and Jim Fletcher, Cable Car Design Engineer, are in the Philippines this week to talk about the possibility of implementing cable car systems there.

Authorities eyeing first cable car system in Metro Manila

FIRST ON CNN PHILIPPINES: Urban planners are looking at a mass cable car system as a solution to traffic congestion in Metro Manila — dubbed as the 'most congested' city in developing Asia bit.ly/2nZlym3

Posted by CNN Philippines on Monday, September 30, 2019


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20
Sep

2019

Weekly Roundup: Reducing Car Congestion

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The above pictured town of Banff, in Alberta, Canada, is experiencing congestion problems due to its proximity to the national park of the same name. Gondola and rail systems have been proposed to alleviate this issue.
Photo credit: Audree [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]


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13
Sep

2019

Weekly Roundup: Taking a Magnifying Glass to Proposed and Existing Systems

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This journalist witnessed the live simulation Spokane Firefighters went through to practice rescuing people from a gondola system that extends over Spokane Falls.
  • In “Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City,” The New York Times takes an in depth look at the motivations, interests and objections of those both supporting and opposing a plan to build a cable car to the holiest site in the Jewish world, the Western Wall.  Recently approved by the Israeli government, the conflict in ideas extends far beyond the typical pros and cons over environmental benefits/harm, aesthesis, preservation, and tourist impacts, as the gondola passes over Palestine. Quoting the article, “The cable-car project is an example, illustrating how Israel wields architecture and urban planning to extend its authority in the occupied territories.” 
  • There is optimism the Sea to Sky gondola system will reopen Spring of 2020. The system’s cable was deliberately cut last month, completely disabling it when nearly all 30 cars fell to the ground. There are still no publicly identified suspects. Crews have been busy removing the damaged cabins and stabilizing the rope. New cabins are being manufactured and should arrive in late 2019 or early 2020.


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