24
Oct

2017

Silver Line Breaks Ground in La Paz / El Alto

Post by Gondola Project

Silver Line numbers. Image by Mi Teleférico.

Last Friday, Mi Teleférico started construction on its latest urban gondola, the Silver Line (Spanish: Línea Plateada). First announced in February 2016, the 2.7km ropeway becomes the fourth Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) line under construction in the city — joining the Purple Line, White Line and Light Blue Line. Dignitaries along with the Bolivian president and Mi Teleférico’s manager was in attendance for the celebrations which coincided with La Paz’s 469th founding anniversary.

Master plan for urban cable car network in La Paz/El Alto. Image by Mi Teleférico.

On schedule for completion by 2019, the 3-station Silver Line will be connected to three existing urban gondolas (Red Line, Blue Line and Yellow Line) and one future line (Purple Line). The current 16 de Julio/Jach’a Qhathu station will become an intermodal hub with connections to the Red and Blue systems. At Faro Murillo mid-station, the Silver Line will be seamlessly integrated with the the Purple Line while the system’s southern terminus, Mirador, will link to the Yellow Line. Faro Murillo is designed as a 10,000 sqm (107,000sqft) multi-use station complete with commercial, social and cultural uses.

Faro Murillo intermodal station will be one of Mi Teleferico’s biggest stations. Image by Mi Teleférico.

The Silver Line is designed to alleviate transport congestion in Ceja neighbourhood by linking El Alto’s southern and northern districts. Daily traffic between these areas are estimated at 300,000 persons per day.

The pace of development of La Paz’s urban cable car masterplan— Metropolitan Integration Network (Spanish: Red de Integración Metropolitana or RIM) — has been unprecedented in the world. This year alone, two systems (Blue Line and Orange Line) alone have resulted in nine new stations and 7.3km of cable cars. In total, RIM represents an massive investment in infrastructure improvement that amounts to an estimated US$740 million.


Statistics

Length (km) 2.7
Cabins 120
Towers 21
Travel Time (minutes) 9.7
Capacity (pphpd) 3,000

 



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