System Dossier: Teleférico Metropolitano (Santiago Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Teleférico Metropolitano of Santiago. Image by Wikipedia user Sfs90.

Parque Metropolitano – located in the Chilean capital of Santiago – is the fourth largest urban park in the world encompassing over 700 acres of land. Attractions, such as the Japanese botanical gardens and the National Zoo provide opportunities for leisurely fun and relaxation. Adding to the park’s appeal is the Teleférico Metropolitano, a cable car system providing transportation throughout the park allowing riders to experience its luscious gardens and pools from an aerial perspective.

Originally constructed in 1980, the Teleférico Metropolitano operated for 29 years before mechanical failures prompted the gondola’s indefinite suspension. However, through public financing, the gondola was ultimately re-opened in 2016. This upgraded cable car line is an MDG system, which is common amongst modern cable car systems. The gondola’s O&M contract was awarded to Chilean tour and excursion agency, Turistk — the same company who operates Funicular Santiago and the city’s Hop-On, Hop-off buses.

A round trip takes approximately 15 minutes and passes through 3 stations: Oasis, Tupahue, and Cumbre – all newly renovated for the re-opening of the cable car. The name of the station Cumbre translated to English means Summit. This indicates the station’s location on top of the Cerro San Cristóbal – a hill overlooking the city and site of the Virgin Mary Statue. Since opening in late November, the cable car has attracted over 80,000 riders in a month. It’s safe to say that many locals and tourists are happy that one of Santiago’s great icons is back!

Year opened (new) 2016
Length (km) 2
Line capacity (pphpd) 1000
Stations 3
Speed (m/s) 5


Photo of the Week: Yeosu Cable Car (여수해상케이블카)

Post by Nick Chu

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Learn About Urban Gondolas and Innovative Mobility Solutions

Post by Gondola Project

Deadline for course application is January 20, 2017.

Great opportunity to learn more about state-of-the-art transportation systems. 

UN-Habitat is hosting an innovative mobility course at their Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM).

The course will provide participants with firsthand knowledge of sustainable transportation solutions such as cable cars, bus rapid transit, non-motorized transport, and much more.

Those lucky enough to be selected will participate in online training sessions as well as a 5-day workshop and field visit. While UN-Habitat does not specify what transport systems will be studied, it did mention a tour of Koblenz, Germany. And for those who are familiar with gondolas, it’s probably safe to say that a visit to the world’s first ropeway designed with “urban concept” cabins — the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn — will take place.

The application deadline is January 20, 2017 so don’t dawdle!

PS: did we mention that all costs for accommodations in Europe will be covered? :)



Photo of the Week: Roosevelt Island Tram

Post by Nick Chu

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There are no problems, only solutions

Post by Gondola Project

Many cities today find themselves embroiled in polarizing transport modality debates.

Other (intelligent) cities meanwhile don’t see a conflict between transit, local roads, pedestrians and highways — they simply think in 3 dimensions.

Case in point: the Kitakyushu Monorail.

Kitakyushu Monorail. Image by FlowiRawr.

Kitakyushu Monorail uses air space underneath the Kitakyushu Expressway Route 1. Image by FlowiRawr.

Thanks to reader Ben H. for sending us this awesome photo to once again demonstrate how great design can solve any challenge.




3S Urban Gondola Approved in Toulouse: Téléphérique Urbain Sud (“South Urban Cable Car”)

Post by Gondola Project

Toulouse is set to become the third French city to build an urban gondola (after Grenoble and Brest) and the first city in the world to implement 3S/TDG technology for pure public transit purposes.

On December 21, local officials voted in favour of the 3km long “South Urban Cable Car” (French: Téléphérique Urbain Sud) and subsequently awarded the €54.6 million (US$57.0 million) project to a POMA-led consortium.

CHU Rangueil station platform.

CHU Rangueil station platform. Image from SMTC-Tisseo.

Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France (city pop: 460,000, metro pop: 1,200,000), is fairly well served by a transit network which consists of two metro lines, 2 suburban rail lines, 2 tram lines, and many bus routes.

With the introduction of the cable car, transport connectivity will be strengthened in the city’s southwestern area — in particular between the major nodal points of Oncople (research centre), Rangueil Hospital (210,000 patient visits/year) and Paul Sabatier University (30,000 students).

Ropeline profile of Toulouse's urban cable car. Image from SMTC Tisséo.

Ropeline profile of Toulouse’s urban cable car. Image from SMTC Tisséo.

Based on existing maps, it appears that the cable car will be integrated into Metro Line B and Bus Line 5. Traveling at an average speed of 5m/s (18km/h), commute times between the two end terminals have been reduced to 10 minutes (from 30 minutes previously).

Thirty five person cabins arriving as frequent as 90 seconds will provide a high level of service to the estimated 7,000 daily riders. This figure would be comparable to many other Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) feeder lines such as those currently operating in Portland, Constantine, and Medellin.

While the first CPT line has just been approved, local officials are thinking ahead and have already included plans for extending the cable car throughout Toulouse’s southern periphery.

Toulouse's urban gondola will be integrated with L5 and Metro Line B. Image from SMTC Tisséo.

Toulouse’s urban gondola will be integrated with L5 and Metro Line B. Image from SMTC Tisséo.

Approved cable car line drawn in dark blue. Future extensions marked by thick blue lines. Image by SMTC Tisséo.

Approved cable car line drawn in dark blue. Future extensions marked by thick blue lines. Image by SMTC Tisséo.

But before that happens, there is still much work ahead for the South Urban Cable Car project. The next steps will involve detailed studies and many rounds of public consultation. If all goes according to plan, Toulouse’s urban gondola will open its doors to passengers in 2020.


Length (km) 3.0
Stations 3
Line Capacity (pphpd) 1500
Ride Time 10 minutes
Frequency (s) 90
Cabins 14

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Medellin Opens Fourth Urban Cable Car – Line H

Post by Gondola Project

Medellin’s newest Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system, Metrocable Line H, officially started commercial operations on December 17. This 3 station urban gondola line has a length of 1,402 metres, 42 cabins, and a capacity of 1,800 pphpd.

Line H. Image from Metro de Medellin.

The cable car functions as a feeder line to the new Ayacucho Tram (2016) by extending the reach of rapid transit into the districts of La Sierra, Villa Turbay, and San Antonio de las Torres from the Tram’s Oriente terminus station.

Officials anticipate that the cable car will have immense social benefits for the local community. Tomás Elejalde, the General Manager at Metro de Medellin, was quoted as saying, “We hope to benefit at least 150,000 people.”

Travel times from La Sierra to the city center will be cut by ~40% (from 45 minutes currently to 28 minutes).

Line H map.

Line H map. The Ayacucho Tram is shown in the colour green.

Prior to Line H, Medellin was already considered the trailblazer in the world of CPT as it was home to three successful urban gondolas (Line K – 2004, Line J – 2008 and Line L – 2010). These aerial lifts, combined with its larger city renewal projects, established Medellin as the leader in sustainable urbanism.

While operations for Line H has just started, officials are continuing to work hard to improve transportation options in the City. Medellin’s next urban cable car, Line M (1.1km, 3 stations), is scheduled to open in Spring 2017 and will also link to the Ayacucho Tram.

Length (km) 1.4
Stations 3
Year Opened 2016
Line Capacity (pphpd) 1800
Cabins 42
Schedule 4:30am – 11:00pm


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