Weekly Roundup: Urban Gondola Systems in Mexico, Germany and Algeria

Post by Nick Chu

Bochum, Germany. Image by Flickr user Kostik -Ruhr.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit:

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  1. Translating the key bits of the linked article about the Mexicable project [with some explanatory expansions marked with these brackets]: The project connects Ecatepec [not Morales] [population over 1.7 million], the northeastern and largest of all the exurbs of (enormous) Mexico City, and will serve to extend Mexico Ciity's Metro Line B from its station on the Via Morales in "the flats" of Ecatepec into the tops (or heights) of the adjacent Sierra de Guadalupe mountains, serving a population up there of over 300,000 (potentially rapidly increasing if connected to the Mexico City urban transit system). 5 or possibly 7 stations 190 cabins with capacity of 8 persons 4.8 kms length 17 minute ride replacing a current 1 hour commute Costing "superior a los mil 228 millones de pesos" which means (roughly) "more than 93 million dollars," and calculates out as "more than" $19.4 million dollars a kilometer, pretty closely aligned with the current world baseline 'expected' cost for MCP right down to that vague phrase "more than". The contractors are Mexican companies giant conglomerate ALFA and smaller IUSA, neither with CPT specific backgrounds. Perhaps most importantly for readers, Eruviel Avela, recently elected Governor of the Mexican State where the project is being built ('Estado de Mexico'], past mayor of Ecatepec, prominent member of the ruling PRI of Mexico, and Chairman of the Mexican National Federation of Municipalities (FENAMM), said [translating]: "In Mexico gondola rides are for tourism but this will be their first use for mass transit giving a major benefit to the region, and [its success] will allow other such projects to be realized in the country. It is an innovative project, safe, effective, and liberated from topographical obstacles. " The Sierra de Guadalupe mountains are, by far, the largest non-urbanized area in greater Mexico City.