18
Dec

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360 cable car in Hong Kong. Image by Flickr user Laura Beasley.

Ngong Ping 360 cable car in Hong Kong. Image by Flickr user Laura Beasley.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user Laura Beasley (creative commons).

About:
This 5.7-km cable car system, seen here traveling over over Tung Chung Bay, provides a stunning ride to the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha.

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

19
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car to Kuelap; Arthurs Seat Gondola Approval; Helicopters and Cable; Zipline Santa

 

Kuelap ruins in Peru. Image via Wiki Commons.

Kuelap ruins in Peru. Image via Wiki Commons.

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

 

Machu Picchu II (Peru)
Earlier this year, Peru announced plans to build a cable car to the Kuelap ruins, a mountain fortress built by the “Cloud People” around 500AD. Located in the northern part of the country,  the site has remained largely inaccessible to travellers. Anticipation for the cable car system, which is slated to open in 2016, was piqued once again with reports that Peru hopes to turn Kuelap into a “second Machu Picchu.”

Arthurs Seat Approval (Australia)
A tribunal in Victoria has finally green-lit the gondola project at Arthurs Seat, southwest of Melbourne. The new cable car system will replace the accident-plagued chairlift that once served the popular hiking and tourist destination — after a number of shut downs, the chairlift system was completely removed in 2013. The $18 million project is expected to attract some 159,000 riders per year.

Cable via Helicopter (Bolivia)
We’ve been following the construction and launch of the cable car transit system in La Paz, Bolivia, for some time now. But here’s a whole new angle to the story of how part of it was built: an interview with a member of the helicopter crew that hung all 4,000 metres of cable. (No word on whether they blasted “Ride of the Valkyries” while they were flying around with all that cable.)

Holiday Spirit (Brazil)
Tis the season… or something. Here are a few photos of Santa Claus zip-lining alongside the Sugarloaf cable car in Rio.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

23
Dec

2014

Happy Holidays!

Santa delivering gifts to cable car at Shiniuzhai Scenic Resort (China). Image via chinanews.com.

Santa delivering gifts to a cable car at Shiniuzhai Scenic Resort (China). Image via chinanews.com.

This is just a quick note to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

The Gondola Project will return to regularly scheduled programming on Monday, Jan. 5.

Thanks for all the support!



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

08
Jan

2015

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, NM. Image by Flickr user Lyn Caudle.

Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, NM. Image by Flickr user Lyn Caudle. (Creative commons.)

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user Lyn Caudle (creative commons).

About:
For nearly 50 years, the Tram—as it’s called—has transported passengers from the edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico to the top of Sandia Mountains along 2.7 miles of cable.


Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

09
Jan

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car to Kyaiktiyo, Congestion Relief in Banff, and One Nymphomaniac

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Myanmar.  (wikicommons)

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Myanmar. (wikicommons)

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

Ascending to Golden Rock (Myanmar)
One of the country’s most famous destinations, the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as the Golden Rock), will soon be accessible by cable car. The Myanmar Investment Commisson has green-lit a joint venture called Sky Asia Co. Ltd. to link the Buddhist pilgrimage site to a nearby camp via cable.

Banff gondola vs. traffic congestion (Canada)
Alberta’s popular tourist town already has a gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. But now the city is looking to utilize cable-car technology in order to alleviate traffic congestion created by the area’s many sightseeing attractions.

Look up in the sky. It’s…art! (US)
We often talk about the aesthetic possibilities of both cable cars and stations when it comes to advertising and beautification. Now, Sun Valley Resort in Idaho is using its gondolas for something of an aerial art show. The ski resort recently debuted its “Art Car”—a cabin wrapped in images by local artist Ralph Harris.

Stranger than fiction (US)
While it’s not really about cable cars per se, an upcoming musical production in San Francisco called The Cable Car Nymphomaniac certainly has an intriguing title and a pretty bizarre back story. (Thankfully, Lars von Trier is not connected to the project in any way.)



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

15
Jan

2015

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Shin-Kobe Ropeway

Shin Kobe Ropeway in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Image by Flickr user Aapo Haapanen. (Creative commons.)

Shin Kobe Ropeway in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Image by Flickr user Aapo Haapanen. (Creative commons.)

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user Aapo Haapanen.

About:
Opened in 1991, this 1.5 km ropeway links downtown Kobe with the Nunobiki Herb Garden on Mount Rokkō.

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

16
Jan

2015

Weekly Roundup: New York Times Hearts Squamish; Rough Guides Features Sapa; Kedarnath Ropeway Update

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC. Image by Flickr user Stephen Rees.

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC. Image by Flickr user Stephen Rees. (Creative commons.)

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

If You Can Make It There… (Canada)
Squamish, B.C. made The New York Times’ list of must-visit places for 2015. Naturally, one of the main attractions highlighted by the Grey Lady is the city’s Sea to Sky gondola.

Longer! Higher! Easier! (Vietnam)
Also in tourism news, Rough Guides recently named the impending Sapa cable car to the peak of Mt. Fansipan in Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province as one of the Top 9 new tourist attractions to visit in 2015. The system, which is slated to open in September, will be the longest and highest in the world.

Ropeway Pilgrimage (India)
Despite earlier snags in the plan to link Kedarnath Temple with a last-mile ropeway, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat told a gathering of the Hoteliers Association that the project is a go. According to Hill Post, the 3.5 km ropeway would help provide access to the site, whose surrounding area was devastated by a flood in 2013.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.