Post by Steven Dale
A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit:
- Reports surface of a plan by the Municipality of Jerusalem to build an urban cable car system with the capacity to move 6,000 people per hour.
- Not more than a day after the report surfaces, an “anonymous” spokesman from the Israeli Ministry of Transportation dismisses the idea out of hand claiming that “there’s no way such a cable car could transport as many people as the municipality is claiming. It’s a big exaggeration.”
- Meanwhile in Edmonton: After awarding two different consortiums the right to prepare a business case for an urban gondola/funicular/whatever (and $150,000 each), City Council has grounded the project stating that it is “premature when the fate . . . of surrounding development is up in the air.” Which makes one ask the obvious question: Why waste everyone’s time and money with a procurement process in the first place if it’s premature?
- By way of a public competition for ideas, Burlington, Vermont is contemplating a tourist-oriented urban gondola of their own.
- Citing the Israeli Ministry of Transportation, writers with The Gondola Project shake their head in confusion over how a government agency in a major developed nation could be so completely misinformed about how many people a gondola system can carry. “I mean, like, all you gotta do is google it,” one of the writers was overheard to remark. Rubbing their temples in confusion, the writers began asking around if anyone had an English-Hebrew dictionary they could borrow for the weekend.
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