Post by Steven Dale
With virtually no attention from the English-speaking world, Rio de Janeiro is about to become the third major city in South America to open a Cable Propelled Transit system.
Located in the Complexo do Alemao group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro, the system appears to have been spurred by social mandates similar to those that launched the Medellin Metrocable and Caracas Metrocable. That Rio is the host of the upcoming summer Olympics and Brazil the host of the upcoming World Cup, this system is certain to get more attention and notice in the near future.
Built by the Leitner-Poma group, the system has some impressive stats:
- 3.4 km long
- Two terminals and 4 intermediary stations – a total of six stations, the highest yet for an Urban Gondola system.
- Three (possibly four) turns/corners
- Line capacity of 3,000 persons per hour per direction (pphpd)
Apparently the system is already in the testing stages and is set to be operational by the end of this year.
A recent Google search for this system returns absolutely no information in English, though the number of articles and references in Portuguese is enormous. If any readers of The Gondola Project speak Portuguese, please post any relevant links or information in the comments section (Google’s translation service is useful, but native speakers would be far more useful).
As more information and details come up, we’ll be sure to make them available.
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