Ecatepec – Mexicables

18
Aug

2017

BBC Explores Mexico’s First Urban Gondola, Mexicable

BBC World Hacks is a weekly program dedicated to exploring innovative ideas that are being implemented to solve modern day challenges. On this week’s broadcast, a BBC reporter flew down to Ecatepec and rode the Mexicable — Mexico’s first Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system.

The program described the urban gondola line as a “Flying Machine” which has not only made positive impacts on the individual lives of residents but has greatly benefitted the city as a whole.

To listen to the entire 23 minute podcast, click here.



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07
Jul

2017

System Dossier: Mexicable

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With a population of 21.2 million people, Mexico City is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world and one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Similar to many megalopolis’, the city faces incredible challenges when it comes to congestion. In fact, the Mexican Capital has been ranked as the world’s most congested city where residents spend an average of 2.5 hours each day commuting!

To improve transportation options for its residents, a 4.9 kilometre Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system was built in 2016 in the disadvantaged hillside community of Ecatepec de Morelos. The 7-station line, completed by LEITNER Ropeways, transports passengers from the isolated region of Sán Andres de la Cañada (located at the Sierra de Guadalupe mountain) to Via Morelos where commuters can connect to the Mexibús system.

The Monocable Detachable Gondola (MDG) system was financed through a combination of public and private sector funds with the federal and state government covering 40% of implementation costs. Thanks to the cable car, travel times have been reduced from 1-2 hours to just 17 minutes.



While Mexico’s first urban cable car has shaved countless hours off commute times, relieving transport congestion is not the only noticeable benefit of the system. Numerous socio-economic benefits such as increased tourism, a greater sense of inclusion, and enhanced passenger safety have all been reported by residents.

As one of the most dangerous municipalities in Mexico City, Ecatepec residents were often a victim of crime while taking public transit in the past. However, since the opening of the cable car, residents have reported being robbed less while feeling much safer onboard a secure gondola that is being constantly monitored by CCTV.

In addition, the cable car is electrically powered which significantly reduces COemissions. This advantage is particularly important in a city that is consumed by extreme levels of smog.



Lastly, the cable car has brought important progress to Ecatapec, one of the poorest regions in the city. Street lamps have been built, roads have been paved, and public spaces have been revamped. Over 50 street-art murals were painted along the cable car route, helping create a more scenic and memorable ride. Since opening, Mexicable has been a remarkable success and continues to attract approximately 20,000 riders per day.


Year opened 2016
Length (km) 4.9
Line Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Cabin Capacity 10
Stations 7
Fare 6 pesos (US$0.30)
Trip Time (minutes) 17


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28
Apr

2017

Photo and Video of the Week: Flying Through Ecatepec on Mexicable

 

Soluciones en el cielo. #Mexicable #Ecatepec #Edomextagram

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14
Nov

2016

Mexicable Urban Cable Car Improves Commute for Residents


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Al Jazeera News travels to Ecatepec, Mexico to ride the world’s newest Cable Propelled Transit system. While some residents were initially skeptical, they soon experienced first-hand the countless benefits offered by their new aerial commute. Officials hope that the Leitner-built urban cable car can catalyze further development and attract more tourist dollars.



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06
Oct

2016

Photo of the Week: Mexicable

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#Inicio de #operaciones del #Mexicable #Ecatepec #Edoméx

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06
Oct

2016

Mexico’s First Urban Ropeway is Now a Reality

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Commuting in Ecatepec de Morelos, a district of 1.7 million residents located 25km northeast of Mexico City, will never be the same again. On October 4, 2016, the Mexican President along with LEITNER Ropeways celebrated the opening of a new 5km, 7 station urban cable car.

In the past, commuters in Ecatepec de Morelos spent up to 50 minutes travelling in congested roads. However, with the Mexicable cable car, travel times are now reduced to less than 19 minutes — helping save residents about 377 hours each year!

The state-of-the-art ropeway was built with LEITNER’s DirectDrive design, the first time this technology was installed in North America. With DirectDrive, the gearless drive system improves efficiency, lowers noise levels and reduces operating costs. Nevertheless, the cable car is more than just transportation. The project team hired international and local designers to transform stations into works of art as part of a campaign to enhance the community’s public spaces.

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31
Aug

2016

Mexicable Murals: Mexico’s First Urban Cable Car

The city of Ecaptepec (pop: 1.7 million), located 25km northeast of Mexico City, will soon be home to one of the world’s most visually spectacular urban gondola systems.

The ropeway, known as the Mexicable, has hired 70+ local and international designers to create colour displays of artwork along the 5km cable car route.

Murales espectaculares en la ruta del #Mexicable #Ecatepec

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This urban art project, known as The Street is Yours (Spanish: Ecatepec La calle es tuya), hopes the newly painted public murals will build pride amongst locals and help them reclaim the streets from violence that has historically plagued the community.

The formation of this “Cultural Corridor” is also intended to attract more businesses and tourists to the area, thereby generating more economic activity.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, there is a good chance Mexicables has taken its inspiration from the Medellin Metrocables where crime was dramatically reduced after major public investments were made in the disadvantaged barrios.

While it’s too early to tell if the cable cars and artwork will bring about long-lasting positive changes to Ecatepec, the Mexicables will undoubtably be a fascinating story to follow for those interested in urban issues.

The system is scheduled to open to the public in October 2016 and expected to benefit up to 300,000 residents.

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For more photos, check out this Instagram feed, or visit the art project’s official page.



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