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24
Oct

2017

Silver Line Breaks Ground in La Paz / El Alto

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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29
Sep

2017

Commercial Operations Begin for Orange Line (Línea Naranja), La Paz’s Fifth Urban Gondola

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With the opening of the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja), La Paz is one step closer to completing the city’s urban cable car masterplan — Metropolitan Integration Network (Spanish: Red de Integración Metropolitana or RIM).

After Bolivian President Evo Morales inspected the system on Wednesday, the 2.6km Orange Line became the fifth system in La Paz to start commercial operations (the second system this year after the 5km Blue Line) and is one of eleven Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines found in the RIM masterplan.

Designed with a capacity of 3,000 pphpd and 127 cabins, the new ropeway is projected to transport 25,000 – 30,000 passengers daily. Since the system is connected with the Red Line and upcoming White Line (due to open in March 2017), officials estimate that it will spur many more trips.

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27
Sep

2017

Orange Line (Línea Naranja) Welcomes President Morales



Ahead of its commercial opening on Friday, La Paz/El Alto’s newest urban gondola, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja), was inspected by the Bolivian president yesterday. Built at a cost of $66 million, the 2.6km system will operate at a capacity of 3,000 pphpd with 127 cabins and 26 towers.

Riders will be able to access four new stations — Central (Taypi Uta), Armentia (Riosinho Pampa), Periférica (Apachita) and Villaroeal (Héroes de la Revolución) — and travel the length of the system in just 9.5 minutes.

Once the upcoming White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca) is opened in the near future, it will be possible to conveniently transfer between three different urban gondola lines.

The Doppelmayr-built system features state-of-the-art ropeway technology where cabins are designed with surveillance cameras, free wifi, lighting, communication systems and solar panels.

Journalists and local leaders/tastemakers, such as Gato Chef, also joined the President in the pre-celebrations yesterday before the line officially opens on Friday. Until then, check out some of the photos and videos below.



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17
Sep

2017

La Paz’s Fifth Gondola to Open Ahead of Schedule on September 29

Orange Line. Image from Mí Teleférico.

The manager of La Paz’s Mi Teleférico urban gondola system, César Dockweiler, officially announced that the city will open its fifth urban gondola system, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja) on September 29. This is a (few) week(s) ahead of schedule as the system’s original inauguration date was supposed to be in October.

Once opened, this means that three Cable Propelled Transit lines will be connected together. With improved connectivity, passengers on the Blue Line’s (Spanish: Línea Azul) western terminus, Wana Jawira station in El Alto, can travel through 9.7km of urban gondolas via the Red Line before arriving at the Orange Line’s eastern terminus, Villarroel.

The cable car operator has invited all residents to celebrate this momentous occasion by gathering at Plaza Villaroel, the Orange Line’s eastern terminus and future interchange station with the White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca).

To follow live updates from the world’s largest urban gondola network, check out their Twitter or Facebook page. We will be sure to provide any new photos and information as it comes!



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09
Sep

2017

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25
Jul

2017

Orange Line Undergoes Testing, Set to Open in October

Orange Line (Línea Naranja). Image from miteleferico.bo.

After drones began pulling the pilot rope in May, construction and technical work has continued to advance quickly on La Paz’s Orange Line (Línea Naranja) cable car. This week, an online video from La Razón’s Facebook page reveals that the system is now undergoing testing.

Mi Teleférico’s Executive Manager César Dockweiler announced that the inauguration of La Paz’s fifth Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system is scheduled for the first week of October if everything goes according to plan.

The Orange Line is the second ropeway (after the Blue Line) to open as part of the city’s Phase Two US$506 million urban gondola plans (Red de Integración Metropolitana).



With four stations and a length of 2.6km, the Orange Line will improve connectivity to more than five neighbourhoods in La Paz. Passengers will be able to move seamlessly through the cable car as the system’s terminals are connected to the existing Red Line and the upcoming White Line.

Designed to operate at capacity of 3,000 pphpd with 127 cabins, the system will reduce travel times to 9.5 minutes. In preparation for its October opening, students and young professionals have already been invited to join the Mi Teleférico team by submitting their resumes.

After the Orange Line opens for passenger service, the White Line is expected to follow suit by starting operations in December.



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01
Jun

2017

La Paz Celebrates Three Years of Cable Car Operations

Red Line. Image by Flickr user Jamil Soria.

It might be a little hard to believe, but it has been three years since La Paz-El Alto’s first urban cable car system was built. On May 29, 2014, the Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) started providing passenger service between the plateaus of El Alto and the highlands of La Paz.

Since then, three more Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines have opened — the Yellow Line, Green Line and Blue Line — resulting in 15km of urban gondolas. Averaged out over the years, this means that about 7.9m of ropeways have been built each day.

Incredibly the work is not even half complete. Seven more cable lines are scheduled to open between now and 2019, with plans to inaugurate the White Line and Orange Line by late 2017. Once the entire urban gondola network is complete, 39 stations and nearly 34km of CPT will be operational.

Metropolitan Integration Network map showing all eleven CPT lines. Image from Mi Teleferico.

Leading the charge to transform urban mobility in the city is the young public company, Mi Teleférico and Austrian ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr. Mi Teleférico’s mandate is not only to modernize La Paz-El Alto’s chaotic transport network but to address socio-economic issues related to a rapidly growing city. For instance, cable car stations have become the focal point for community fairs and health care centres.

Before the gondola lines were built, travel was often stressful, unpredictable and time-consuming as existing roadways were congested with minibuses and cars. Today, high stress levels from travelling on roadways has been reduced as the CPT lines provide commuters with a reliable, efficient and comfortable transport alternative.

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With each passing day, the cable car has seemingly become more and more integral to the daily lives of its citizens. Recently on May 17, 2017, the urban gondola network set another daily ridership record with 190,971 passengers. This is 11,095 more passengers or a 6.1% increase than the previous record set in June 13, 2016.

From nearly any perspective, whether one is examining the cable car network from an economic, social, and/or environmental lens, the system has been an incredible success. Some of the most remarkable highlights include:

  • Avoided consumption of ten million litres of gasoline (2014-2016)
  • Transported more than 70 million passengers since inception without any serious accidents/injuries
  • Network availability rate of 99.7%
  • Saved 816,000,000 minutes in travel time (2016)

Perhaps the most incredible result stemming from Mi Teleférico is related to its financial viability. Unlike most public transit systems, the urban cable car network in La Paz requires zero subsidies. In fact, a surplus of US$2.5 million (Bs 17.5 million) was actually generated in 2016.

This effectively places Mi Teleférico amongst an incredibly rare and elite class of transit systems with a farebox recovery ratio of more than 100%. Based on online data, La Paz would be 1 out of 8 transit agencies that meets this threshold and would be the only mass transit system in South America in this exclusive class.

As the only major city in the world to build its entire rapid transit backbone on CPT technology, La Paz’s cable cars continues to be trailblazers in the urban transport industry. Given its successes so far, the future looks bright for the world’s highest city.



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