25
Jul

2017

Orange Line Undergoes Testing, Set to Open in October

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Orange Line (Línea Naranja). Image from miteleferico.bo.

After drones began pulling the pilot rope in May, construction and technical work has continued to advance quickly on La Paz’s Orange Line (Línea Naranja) cable car. This week, an online video from La Razón’s Facebook page reveals that the system is now undergoing testing.

Mi Teleférico’s Executive Manager César Dockweiler announced that the inauguration of La Paz’s fifth Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system is scheduled for the first week of October if everything goes according to plan.

The Orange Line is the second ropeway (after the Blue Line) to open as part of the city’s Phase Two US$506 million urban gondola plans (Red de Integración Metropolitana).



With four stations and a length of 2.6km, the Orange Line will improve connectivity to more than five neighbourhoods in La Paz. Passengers will be able to move seamlessly through the cable car as the system’s terminals are connected to the existing Red Line and the upcoming White Line.

Designed to operate at capacity of 3,000 pphpd with 127 cabins, the system will reduce travel times to 9.5 minutes. In preparation for its October opening, students and young professionals have already been invited to join the Mi Teleférico team by submitting their resumes.

After the Orange Line opens for passenger service, the White Line is expected to follow suit by starting operations in December.



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20
Jul

2017

Small Swiss Ropeways Threatened

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To many visitors and locals, aerial ropeways are considered an integral part of Switzerland’s cultural identity. Since the country’s first cable driven system was built in 1866, Switzerland has designed some of the world’s most unique and spectacular cable systems.

Today, despite having just a population of just 8.3 million, more than 1,700 ropeways are currently operational!

Unfortunately, the existence of about 200 of these systems (or 12%) of the nation’s cable cars are now under threat due to a new cable car law that was passed in 2007. These 200 ropeways are small systems that allow tourists to experience the country’s alpine culture and mountains while providing farmers a vital transport link.

The new laws are designed to harmonize regulations across all lift operations (regardless of company size) to ensure greater safety and conformity to EU standards. However many small systems, which only charge a few francs per ride to low volumes of passengers, do not have the financial resources necessary to implement the costly upgrades.

For some small lifts, it is estimated that approximately 1 million francs (US$1 million) are necessary to obtain new permits.

Small ropeway companies argue that the new regulations are too stringent. As such, many are now banding together to lobby the government. Image from Luzernerzeitung.

The federal government contends that they cannot make exceptions until politicians and lawmakers make the necessary changes in parliament.

Luckily, efforts through workshops and lobbyist groups are already underway to ensure that these systems remain an intact for future generations to come. In the meantime, inspectors stress that passengers need not worry about the overall safety of these small ropeways. In fact, statistics demonstrate that Swiss ropeways are the country’s safest mode of transport!



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15
Jul

2017

Photo of the Week: Awana Skyway

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12
Jul

2017

Santiago Releases Urban Cable Car Tender

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Plazoleta Nueva Zelandia / Tobalaba Station at Costanera Center. Image from ciudadempresarial.cl.

Latin American cities continue to be at the forefront of building Cable Propelled Transit (CPT). Just this week, Chilean Public Works Minister Alberto Undurraga released tender details for a 3.2km urban gondola in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

The system, known as the Teleférico Bicentenario, will improve transportation connectivity between two business hubs located in the communes of Providencia and Huechuraba — currently separated by Cerro San Cristobal (hill). Three major nodes will have stations including Costanera Center, Cerro San Cristobal and Ciudad Empresarial.

Costanera Center is a major skyscraper complex that is home to not only South America’s tallest building (Gran Torre Santiago, 300m) but also to the continent’s largest mall (Mall Costanera Center). At this complex, a station will be located at Plazoleta Nueva Zelandia, 170m from the Tobalaba interchange station on Line 1 and Line 4 of the Santiago Metro.

Cerro San Cristobal Station (mid-station). Image from ciudadempresarial.cl.

Ciudad Empresarial Station. Image from ciudadempresarial.cl.

From Costanera Center, the cable car will travel northwest and make a stop at Parque Metropolitano before arriving at Ciudad Empresarial. Ciudad Empresarial is a business complex with more than 30,000 workers and 700 companies. With the new cable car, travel time between these two nodes will decrease by nearly 70% to 13 minutes.

The Teleférico Bicentenario will have 26 towers, 147 10-passenger cabins and headways of 12 seconds. The system will offer riders 17 hours of daily service, delivering up to 3,000 passengers per hour per direction. While a fare structure has not been finalized yet, a maximum ticket cost of US$0.90 (CLP 600) has been proposed. Proponents hope that the ropeway will be fare-integrated with the rest of Santiago’s public transit network.

According to online sources, the concept for the urban gondola was initially developed by the private sector seven years ago. The market will have until November 23 to respond to the US$80 million project before a 30-year concession is awarded on December 21. Afterwards, the winner will start detailed designs and engineering before the gondola is launched in 2022.

Santiago is no stranger to ropeway technology as the recreational gondola, Teleférico Metropolitano, has been part of the city’s infrastructure network since 1980 (rebuilt 2016). When the Teleférico Bicentenario opens, the Chilean capital will join the ranks of eight other Latin American cities who have already built CPT.



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08
Jul

2017

Photo of the Week: Queen Cable Car

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07
Jul

2017

System Dossier: Mexicable

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With a population of 21.2 million people, Mexico City is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world and one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Similar to many megalopolis’, the city faces incredible challenges when it comes to congestion. In fact, the Mexican Capital has been ranked as the world’s most congested city where residents spend an average of 2.5 hours each day commuting!

To improve transportation options for its residents, a 4.9 kilometre Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system was built in 2016 in the disadvantaged hillside community of Ecatepec de Morelos. The 7-station line, completed by LEITNER Ropeways, transports passengers from the isolated region of Sán Andres de la Cañada (located at the Sierra de Guadalupe mountain) to Via Morelos where commuters can connect to the Mexibús system.

The Monocable Detachable Gondola (MDG) system was financed through a combination of public and private sector funds with the federal and state government covering 40% of implementation costs. Thanks to the cable car, travel times have been reduced from 1-2 hours to just 17 minutes.



While Mexico’s first urban cable car has shaved countless hours off commute times, relieving transport congestion is not the only noticeable benefit of the system. Numerous socio-economic benefits such as increased tourism, a greater sense of inclusion, and enhanced passenger safety have all been reported by residents.

As one of the most dangerous municipalities in Mexico City, Ecatepec residents were often a victim of crime while taking public transit in the past. However, since the opening of the cable car, residents have reported being robbed less while feeling much safer onboard a secure gondola that is being constantly monitored by CCTV.

In addition, the cable car is electrically powered which significantly reduces COemissions. This advantage is particularly important in a city that is consumed by extreme levels of smog.



Lastly, the cable car has brought important progress to Ecatapec, one of the poorest regions in the city. Street lamps have been built, roads have been paved, and public spaces have been revamped. Over 50 street-art murals were painted along the cable car route, helping create a more scenic and memorable ride. Since opening, Mexicable has been a remarkable success and continues to attract approximately 20,000 riders per day.


Year opened 2016
Length (km) 4.9
Line Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Cabin Capacity 10
Stations 7
Fare 6 pesos (US$0.30)
Trip Time (minutes) 17


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05
Jul

2017

IGA Berlin 2017 Ropeway Celebrates One Million Riders

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The IGA 2017 Ropeway provides green, barrier-free and near silent transport across the 100+ hectares of event grounds. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

Berlin’s 2017 International Garden Show (IGA 2017) cable car has now transported more than one million passengers. This impressive milestone was reached in less than three months of operations after the system was inaugurated on April 13, 2017.

The 10-passenger monocable urban gondola, designed and operated by LEITNER Ropeways, is Berlin’s first aerial lift in 60 years. Since its opening, the system has been huge attraction for guests.

The 65 cabins (6 with transparent floors) on the gondola travels up to 30m above ground throughout the site from Kienbergpark to the “Gärten der Welt”. Tickets for the gondola ride is included as part of the IGA 2017 entrance fee.

Katharina Lohmann (managing director IGA) and Michael Tanzer (managing director Selibahn Berlin) surprises Claudia Blaurock (millionth passenger) with a IGA book, bobsleigh vouchers and flowers. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

A total of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction can be transported onboard the IGA 2017 cable car. Once the exhibition comes to a close on October 15, 2017, the ropeway will continue to operate. The system will function as part of Berlin’s local transport system and provide a direct 4.5 minute connection between the districts of Marzahn and Hellersdorf and the “Kienberg – Gärten der Welt” subway station.

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