Post by Steven Dale
A strong report on the Caracas Metrocable by Global Post. Unfortunately, the report makes the mistake of conflating the price of the cable line itself with that of the community-based infrastructure that’s co-located in the stations. This is a problem I previously highlighted and suspect will continue to dog the system. Nevertheless, try to keep in mind that the actual gondola transit system in Caracas was less that 1/10th of the cost of the entire project. That’s an important distinction.
Interestingly, one critic of the system says it currently only transports 1,000 people per day (at time 3:20). That seems highly unlikely to me, but I’m not ruling it out as there are no shortage of examples of transit systems experiencing drastically low ridership. Anyone who can find confirmation/refutal of that number, please post a link in the comments section.
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