19
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: A Behind the Scenes Look at Gondola Maintenance

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A look at the Table Mountain Cableway in Cape Town, South Africa. People can now get a closer look at how it is maintained. Photo by Christopher Griner via Flickr


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13
Aug

2019

Saboteur Apparently Behind Sea to Sky Gondola Accident

Post by Steven Dale

Sea to Sky Gondola Accident
A Sea to Sky Gondola cabin rests on the ground after an act of vandalism halted system operation over the weekend. Image by Squamish RCMP

Over the weekend, in an incident the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are treating as a criminal matter, an apparent saboteur somehow managed to sever the haul rope of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia.

Thankfully, the vandal acted in the dead of night thereby avoiding any human casualties. This person’s actions, however, still managed to cause millions of dollars of damage, throw hundreds of system employees out of work during the busy summer season and create uncountable amounts of grief for a whole slew of people. 

And for what? 

My gut says this is (hopefully?) nothing more than garden-variety vandalism—albeit an extreme version—but one never knows. What’s most disturbing about this is the degree of preparation one would need to execute such a maneuver. One doesn’t just find themselves wandering in the British Columbia hinterland at 4am in the morning with the tools necessary to cut through an industrial-strength cable. 

This took planning — which tends to follow intention and motive, in that order. Thankfully that motive doesn’t appear to include a desire to see a loss of human life. 

We here at Gondola Projectdon’t shy away from discussing events in our industry that cast a negative light on Cable-Propelled Transit technologies. This situation, however, is so beyond the pale it’s hard to even wrap one’s mind around it. After much internal discussion, therefore, we’ve decided not to offer any opinion on the matter nor speculate on the intentions or sequence of events that led to these circumstances. There’s simply not enough information to warrant real comment.

We would, however, like to point out the remarkable safety record of cable car technology throughout the ages. Even if one included what occurred at Squamish over the weekend, cable car systems would still be amongst the safest transportation technologies around the world and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. You can read an entire post here outlining the considerable data and analysis that exists in support of that position.

Updates on this situation will be made available as things develop. 



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09
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: Caribbean Leaders Look Skyward for Tourist Transport

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The Boiling Lake on the Caribbean island of Dominica, referred to by an opposition party leader as their nation’s “most prized natural asset,” could be made much more accessible to tourists with the proposed aerial tramway system. Photo credit: Bayukjdr via CC


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02
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: La Paz Gondola Network Moves Half A Million Passengers In One Day

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A tweet from a Bolivian news source- the graph is titled “Passengers per line” and shows the amount of passengers using the La Paz gondola system on a record-breaking day.


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26
Jul

2019

Weekly Roundup: Project Green Lights

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An aerial of the Simon Fraser University campus in Burnaby. The gondola system to get people to campus is expected to move to the next project phase this week.
Photo courtesy of user Soggybread on Wikipedia.
  • A feasibility study is being done for the Wyler Aerial Tramway in El Paso, Texas. This week the public was encouraged to share their thoughts on replacing or rebuilding the Wyler Aerial Tramway as part of a feasibility study commissioned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The only tramway in Texas, the Wyler Tram quit operating in 2018, but prior to that hosted more than 45,000 visitors a year.


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19
Jul

2019

Weekly Roundup: Tourism Triumphs

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A flyover of The Great Inca Trail- the ancient Inca highway network in Peru. A ropeway was installed to bring tourism to other historical locations on the trail besides Machu Picchu.


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12
Jul

2019

Weekly Roundup: South East Asia Dreams of Cable Cars

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The location of the province of East Java in Indonesia is circled in red. Their governor is advocating for a cable car system. Map data copyright 2019, Google and GBRMPA



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