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12
Jan

2017

Learn About Urban Gondolas and Innovative Mobility Solutions

Deadline for course application is January 20, 2017.

Great opportunity to learn more about state-of-the-art transportation systems. 

UN-Habitat is hosting an innovative mobility course at their Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM).

The course will provide participants with firsthand knowledge of sustainable transportation solutions such as cable cars, bus rapid transit, non-motorized transport, and much more.

Those lucky enough to be selected will participate in online training sessions as well as a 5-day workshop and field visit. While UN-Habitat does not specify what transport systems will be studied, it did mention a tour of Koblenz, Germany. And for those who are familiar with gondolas, it’s probably safe to say that a visit to the world’s first ropeway designed with “urban concept” cabins — the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn — will take place.

The application deadline is January 20, 2017 so don’t dawdle!

PS: did we mention that all costs for accommodations in Europe will be covered? 🙂



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02
Oct

2015

More reasons to ‘Like’ us.

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Click links below to find us on Facebook and Twitter.

We’re all aware of the incredible potential of social media. And that’s why the Gondola Project is proud to announce we have redirected extra time and resources towards Facebook and Twitter.

If you need to reach us, reach out. We’ll be popping in every weekday for brief postings and discussions.

What matters to judicious users of these social sites, of course, is the relevance of information (used wrongly, they can become a massive time drain). Just as important is the quality of the network itself.

That said, please friend and like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter. Then share information, submit ideas, correct us, argue with us and suggest others we should be following and sharing with. We promise to reciprocate.

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09
Sep

2015

Longest 3S Cable Car Breaks Ground in Vietnam (Phú Quốc to Hòn Thơm)

3S Alignment. Image from Doppelmayr.

3S Alignment. Image from Doppelmayr.

This week Doppelmayr began construction on the world’s longest single section aerial cable car. The 3S system will be 7.9km long and will transport up to 3,500 passengers per hour between An Thoi town in Phu Quoc district and Hon Thom island. The area is famous for its clear blue waters and white sand beaches and is set to become a world-class tourist destination.

The cable car is part of a US$458.4 million development project consisting of hotels and an entertainment complex. The ropeway will surely also become an attraction itself, transporting passengers over the sea with towers up to 160m tall. For reference, the Eiffel Tower is 301m, not even double these towers.

For maximum safety, this 3S lift will utilize Doppelmayr’s innovative recovery concept which ensures that passengers will always be carried to the nearest station in emergencies.

Sun Group Corporation is one of the Vietnam’s largest real estate developers and has already built the record-setting Ba Na Hills Cable Car and is on schedule to build the Mt. Fansipan 3S Cable Car.

For more information, click here.



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05
Aug

2015

New Urban Gondola in Bogota

 

A new urban cable car in Bogota is expected to bring about the benefits seen in La Paz's gondola system. Image via Doppelmayr.

A new urban cable car in Bogota is expected to bring about the benefits seen in La Paz’s gondola system. Image via Doppelmayr.

Bogota, Colombia’s capital city of 6.7 million residents, will be adding an urban cable car system to its transit network. Doppelmayr, the world leader in ropeways, won and signed the contract to build this aerial transport system on July 16, 2015. Similar to many other urban cable cars in South America, Bogota’s detachable gondola will be fully integrated into the city’s public transportation system. The project is scheduled for completion in the next two years.

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08
Apr

2015

Interalpin Comes to Innsbruck, April 15th – 17th

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Every second year, the Interalpin tradeshow exhibits the latest and finest alpine and ski technology. Naturally, cable car manufacturers enjoy a dominant presence and this April is no exception.

Visit the Doppelmayr team at stall A09 in hall A. See the extensive range of the entire Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group’s many products and services. Learn more.

See Fatzer’s new splicing technology, TRUsplice, and complete rope range, including Full Locked, Stranded Winch and Telecom: hall A, stall A17. Learn more.

See the latest Leitner innovations at stall 05/06 in hall D. Be there at noon on Wednesday, April 15, when they unveil their fully redesigned 3S cabin. Learn more.



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07
Apr

2015

Stuck in Traffic: Meet the Newest Member of the Team

Hello, I’m the second Steven to join the Gondola Project but, for the sake of ease, I go by Steve. A writer by trade, I have several specialties, one of which is automobile journalism. Indeed I am an accredited member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and was even voted the runner-up Journalist of the Year in 2014.

I currently reside in Europe but until recently lived in downtown Toronto, Canada. It’s safe to say that when most people in the world think about Canada, if they do at all, they picture a vast empty land with boundless vistas. Or they envision clean orderly towns, peopled by more polite versions of Americans driving empty roads. The reality for nearly all Canadians though is gridlocked city life, with aggressively rude drivers. This is especially the case for Torontonians. Depending on your source, Toronto’s traffic and commuting woes have been called worse than New York, LA and even Barcelona’s.

It was through my struggles as a city-bound auto journalist that I happened upon the Gondola Project. As an auto writer, part of my duties were to test drive a given car for a week, then write about the experience. Usually that entailed sitting, frustrated, in the car, unable to get where I wanted.

I began to separate my reportage from other auto journalists by discussing the reality of urban driving. It’s a far cry from the idealized photos and road stories we all see in our local paper’s autos section.

City driving is a mess. It chokes our cities’ economies while choking our children and boiling our blood pressure in frustration. What’s the point of having 350hp and massive torque delivery if pedestrians are passing you? The situation is not going to get better. Over half the world now lives in cities. The days of a quick drive from the suburbs on un-crowded public highways are over. What’s a driver to do? This became a regular theme in my stories.

Then, two years ago, I looked up. Overhead all was clear. Then I looked up the Gondola Project. I was an instant convert.

What a revelation for urban life to make cable cars commuter vessels! The infrastructure costs are a fraction of underground or even over–ground rail; the build time too.

Then there are the salubrious benefits. The power costs for operation are infinitesimal. So it’s better for the environment, but it’s also good for individuals. Imagine! Instead of descending into the bowels of the earth for your daily commute or sitting grumpily in your car and having to continually challenge other motorists for every inch, you could be lifted up, up, up and over the heads of everyone, enjoying the views and zero traffic tie-ups. Cable car technology literally and figuratively makes urban transport an uplifting experience. I look forward to writing more about it.



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24
Feb

2014

Welcome, Readers From Seattle!

If you’ve arrived on The Gondola Project via today’s article at The Seattle Times, welcome!

Feel free to take a look around, ask some questions and generally engage with the admittedly bizarre idea of using ski lifts as public transport. You’ll find our small corner of the web to be a generally open group of people, happy to work through all your questions.

A few ideas to help you orient yourselves:

  • Most people find our original photo essay on Medellin and Caracas as a good place to start on the subject of cable propelled transit.
  • You need to understand the difference between an Aerial Tram, an MDG gondola and a 3S gondola. I cannot reinforce that point enough.
  • Understand that we’re not gondola zealots. We don’t see gondolas as the be-all and end-all of public transit. We simply see it as one among many transportation tools. You’ll find us to be highly critical when we need to be.

Mostly, just be curious and have fun. Enjoy!

– Gondola Project Team

 

PS: Another good place to start with The Gondola Project is in our ABOUT section and our LEARN ABOUT CABLE TRANSIT sections (accessible through our the header bar above). To save you the hassle of wading through months of old blog posts, we’ve hand-selected a group of older posts to get you up-and-running:

 



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