Post by Nick Chu
A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit:
- The French press has proudly made an announcement for the signing of a €50 million contract to realize a 5.5km cable car in Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria — a city of 1.3m that’s located 100km from the capital Algiers. Construction of this 3 section, 6 station system began on July 3 and is scheduled to open in 2015. A map of the conceptual alignment from 2011 can be viewed here.
The commissioning of a cable car in Bouzareah, Algeria is now set for January 2014. While it was originally scheduled to be delivered in 2008, construction work has been delayed mainly because of expropriation challenges. Vital system stats: 2.9 km, 3,000 pphpd capacity, 58 cabins and 12 minutes travel time.
- Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh, India could be one of the first Indian cities to implement an urban gondola. The Minister announced that the system could connect neigbhourhoods of Tutikandi and Lift. Once complete, the system is expected to be 3km in length, have a capacity of 1,500-2,000 and is estimated to cost Rs. 250 crore.
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