22
Jan

2021

Weekly Roundup: A New World Record

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The view from Tornik Mountain, Zlatibor, Serbia, now home to the world’s longest gondola. Photo Credit: Elena Lupsor, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • The Sea to Sky Gondola expects to reopen in late spring or early summer. Clean-up from the September 2020 accident has been completed and replacement parts have been ordered. The new haul rope is on it’s way to Squamish and 25 new cabins have been ordered, see a related Weekly Roundup here. Additional security measures “extraordinary in the lift industry” will be taken by the company before reopening the gondola; no details were disclosed.


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15
Jan

2021

Weekly Roundup: From Swansea to Dubai, Cable Car Planning Continues

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A view of the Welsh city of Swansea, UK, from Kilvey Hill. A cable car has been proposed to transport people from the top of the hill to other sites in the area.
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08
Jan

2021

Weekly Roundup: Ferry to Funicular

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The 90-year-old Petřín funicular in Prague is set to be renovated over the next 4 to 5 years. Photo credit: Aktron / Wikimedia Commons
  • The Mayor of Colwood, Canada pitches a commuter gondola for the Royal Beach development. A ferry is being evaluated for the area and if it comes to fruition, the Mayor thinks a 1km-long gondola from the terminal to a parking lot, would allow a higher use for the waterfront property. The next step is a $1 million full feasibility study for the ferry terminal. If the ferry doesn’t move forward, there would be no need for the gondola.
  • The funicular at Prague’s Petřín is set to receive new tracks and new wagons. The 90-year-old wagons can no longer be repaired on site, so custom wagons will be built since the existing ones haven’t been manufactured for six decades. Due to settling on the slope of Petřín hill, the subsoils will also need to be stabilized. The renovations will be done over the next four to five years, but the system will only be out of commission for approximately eight months.


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01
Jan

2021

Weekly Roundup: It’s a bit More Complicated than ‘In with the New and Out with the Old’

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Rusted remnants of the Hetauda-Kathmandu ropeway, constructed 102 years ago. A study has begun to evaluate rebuilding the ropeway.
Photo Credit: Shadow Ayush, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • It appears the Zagreb Cable Car inauguration will be delayed. The completion is believed to be delayed until January 3rd because a technical inspection is required to receive the permits to run the system and the holiday season caused delays. It is suspected that there are repairs that will need to be completed before opening such as reinforcing the steel roof structures. The costs for the cable car have reached 710 million kuna (approx. $115 million USD).


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25
Dec

2020

Weekly Roundup: Projects Progress Amid the Holidays

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Long Beach, California is home to many water side attractions. A feasibility study is being conducted as to whether a cable car system would make sense for the area.


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18
Dec

2020

Weekly Roundup: Mountain Climbing

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Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, has been approved for a cable car system.
Photo credit: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons
  • Vail Resorts will debut seven new lifts across five mountains in 2021. The projects, which were initially planned for 2020, are at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Keystone, and Okemo. Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont will have two projects, one will swap the Quantum Four for a detachable Leitner-Poma six place lift. The Quantum lift will then be used to replace the Green Ridge. The total capital cost for the seven lifts is expected to be between $125 and $130 million.


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11
Dec

2020

Weekly Roundup: The Age of Urban Gondolas?

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Urban aerial gondolas became more popular after this one in Medellin, Colombia was completed in 2004.
  • According to an article in Axios, aerial gondolas could become common in urban areas of the United States. This technology typically seen in ski-resorts is being used successfully in Latin American cities for public transportation. Urban aerial gondolas took off after Medellin, Columbia built its first system in 2004. They are an appealing form of transit for many reasons.  During the COVID-19 era, their ability to move a small number of riders per cabin has been particularly attractive. Several cities in the U.S. are evaluating gondolas to improve transit and connectivity, like was done with the existing Roosevelt Island Tram and Portland Tram.


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