Installations

05
Jul

2017

IGA Berlin 2017 Ropeway Celebrates One Million Riders

The IGA 2017 Ropeway provides green, barrier-free and near silent transport across the 100+ hectares of event grounds. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

Berlin’s 2017 International Garden Show (IGA 2017) cable car has now transported more than one million passengers. This impressive milestone was reached in less than three months of operations after the system was inaugurated on April 13, 2017.

The 10-passenger monocable urban gondola, designed and operated by LEITNER Ropeways, is Berlin’s first aerial lift in 60 years. Since its opening, the system has been huge attraction for guests.

The 65 cabins (6 with transparent floors) on the gondola travels up to 30m above ground throughout the site from Kienbergpark to the “Gärten der Welt”. Tickets for the gondola ride is included as part of the IGA 2017 entrance fee.

Katharina Lohmann (managing director IGA) and Michael Tanzer (managing director Selibahn Berlin) surprises Claudia Blaurock (millionth passenger) with a IGA book, bobsleigh vouchers and flowers. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

A total of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction can be transported onboard the IGA 2017 cable car. Once the exhibition comes to a close on October 15, 2017, the ropeway will continue to operate. The system will function as part of Berlin’s local transport system and provide a direct 4.5 minute connection between the districts of Marzahn and Hellersdorf and the “Kienberg – Gärten der Welt” subway station.

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30
Jun

2017

South Korea Opens Urban Recreational Gondola — Busan Air Cruise



After a 29 year absence, cable car technology has made a comeback to South Korea’s second largest city. East Asia’s newest urban recreational gondola was inaugurated last week on June 20 in Busan, South Korea. The city is a popular destination known for its laid back attitude, natural beauty and major events.

Coined as the Busan Air Cruise, the 66.5 billion won (US$58 million) Monocable Detachable Gondola system links Songdo Park (near Songdo Beach) to Amnam Park across Songdo Bay. The new 1.6km cable car is basically a modern version of a former 420m aerial tram which previously operated in the area between 1964 to 1988.

Unlike the old system, passengers are now taken to heights of up to 86m over four towers, two of which have been built in water. These in-water towers have deep foundations with enable it to withstand 7.0 magnitude earthquakes, tsunamis and strong winds.

Travelling above Songdo Bay. Image from Busan Air Cruise.

Guide map. Image from Busan Air Cruise.

The system operates 11-12 hours each day with a one-way journey time of 8.5 minutes. While the cable car is technically built with thirty-nine 10-passenger cabins, the operator has decided to maximize comfort by only fitting a maximum of eight passengers in each carrier.

Roundtrip ticket costs on regular cabins for adults and children are US$13.00 and US$9.50 respectively. However, ticket prices increase by US$3.50-4.50 per person for those who wish to ride one of the thirteen glass-floor cabins. During busy time periods, visitors can opt to pay two times the regular ticket price to bypass any queues. And for those who really want to ride in luxury, private cabins can be booked for US$175-210.

Aboard the Doppelmayr-built cable car, passengers enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Yeongdo coastline, Namhang Bridge and Amnam Park. At night, the system turns into a dazzling light show.


A number of supporting attractions are also connected to the cable car. These include Korea’s first cable car museum, an observatory deck, and a Sky Swing, and much more. Interestingly, Busan Air Cruise won’t be the country’s first water crossing gondola as that title belongs to the Yeosu Cable Car built in 2014.

With the return of ropeway technology to Busan, officials hope that further economic development can take place in the Songdo, and in turn, transform the area into a tourism mecca. An estimated two million passengers are expected to ride the cable car each year.



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27
Jun

2017

System Dossier: Teleférico da Providência (Providência Cable Car)

Teleferico da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Flickr user Mídia NINJA.

Morro de Providência is a favela located just north of downtown Rio de Janeiro. This community is regarded as the city’s first favela (informal settlement) with beginnings that date back to 1897. Soldiers returning from the Canudos War decided to inhabit the area after the promise of homes by the government was left unfulfilled.

As the community is situated on a hillside, the neighbourhood’s topographical barriers have left residents with poor access to municipal services and has facilitated social exclusion. In an effort to improve conditions within Morro da Providência, the government invested R$163 million to integrate and “re-urbanize” Rio’s informal settlements into the city proper. These efforts were enacted as part of the program called Morar Carioca. The program sought to enhance quality of life through diverse actions that included sanitation and road reforms, housing construction, and transportation improvements.

Artwork from school children depicted on the cabins. Image by Flickr user Mídia NINJA.

Introduced to the neighbourhood in 2014, the Teleférico da Providência was the second Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system to open in Rio de Janeiro after the Teleférico do Alemão. The cable car, built by Doppelmayr, is a 721 meter-long MDG system that travels through Morro da Providência in just 5 minutes.

The cable car begins at the Estacio Central do Brasil (Rio’s central train station), and ascends the hillside to Americo Brum — located at the top of hill (situated 83 meters above sea level). This is the station where residents of the community get on and off the cable car. From there, the cable car descends into the district of Gamboa. Both terminal stations are strategically located next to higher order transit lines.

Whereas Gamboa station is situated next to Providência station on the VLT Carioca Line 1 (LRT), Central station connects riders to a diverse array of transport lines which include Metrô Rio (subway), Supervia (commuter rail) and a bus terminal. The cable car provides much-needed transit improvements to a formerly disconnected area which in the past was just serviced by uncoordinated fleets of moto taxis and mini-buses.

As part of efforts to build community, the cable car’s cabins feature artworks drawn by students from the local Francisco Benjamin Galloti Municipal school.

The cable car is operated by the Urban Development Company of the Region of Porto de Rio de Janeiro and serves 20,000 local residents. The Teleferico Da Providencia has made a profound impact on Providencia and demonstrates how ropeways can shape the routine and culture of a community by making life just a little bit simpler on a day-to-day basis.

 

Year Opened 2014
Length (km) 0.721
Stations 3
Capacity (pphpd) 1000
Trip Time (minutes) 5
Speed (m/s) 5
Fare (USD) $0.30

 

 

 

 



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23
Jun

2017

Photo of the Week: Cologne Cable Car (Kölner Seilbahn)

#seilbahnköln #köln #seilbahn#cologne

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15
Jun

2017

System Dossier: Nizhny Novgorod Cableway (Нижегородская канатная дорога)

View of the Cableway approaching Bor, Russia. Image by Wiki user Алексей Белобородов.

Nizhny Novgorod is a Russian city that is situated at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers and is the administrative center of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and Volga Federal District. Since its founding in 1221, the city has been known as a vital economic and trading center within the Volga region, which led to the saying of ‘St. Petersburg is Russia’s head; Moscow its heart; and, Nizhny Novgorod its wallet’.

Today, Nizhny is the fifth largest city in Russia and is frequently referred to as the country’s third capital. However, the city is characterized as a very calm and laid-back city — one where the citizens like to wake up late and go to bed early.

Nizhny Novgorod Cableway crossing the Volga river. Image by Flickr user Evgeny Gorodetsky.

Getting around Nizhny is fairly easy thanks to the city’s network of buses, trams, 2-line metro system, and of course, the cable car. The Nizhny Novgorod Cableway (NNC), which is integrated into the public transportation network, is a 3.6-kilometer MDG system built by POMA that transports passengers from the downtown center of Nizhny to the outlying municipality of Bor.

The cable car has reduced a circuitous 27km journey over highways and roads down to a direct and comfortable 3.6km ride across the Volga River. Thanks to the gondola, travel times have been cut from 90 minutes to just 13 minutes.

One of the two 82m tall towers. Image by Flickr user Vladislav Maslenov.

The system was initially designed to transport commuters but quickly turned into a popular ride for visitors, boosting local tourism. At only 80 rubles ($1.50 USD), the cable car is a very cost-effective transport solution for all travellers, offering a unique bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscape.

The NNC system carries about 2 million passengers per year and is notable for its 861m long span between two 82m tall towers and the 3.6km long span between the two stations. Both are very impressive accomplishments and show the impressive technological growth and innovation within the ropeway industry.


Year opened 2012
Length (km) 3.6
Stations 2
Capacity (pphpd) 1000
Speed (m/s) 5.0
Trip time (minutes) 13
Fare (rubles) 80 ($1.50 USD)

 



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09
Jun

2017

Photo of the Week: Brest Cable Car (Téléphérique de Brest)

Prendre de la hauteur … le temps d'une traversée en téléphérique à Brest #brest #telepheriquebrest #cielbleu

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07
Jun

2017

System Dossier: Bursa Teleferik (Bursa Gondola)

The Bursa Teleferik. Image by Flickr user Kaan Süleymanoglu.

Uludağ is a highly regarded mountain and recreational resort situated at the highest peak of the western Anatolia region in Turkey. The resort is a year-round attraction that offers skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

Access to the popular vacation destination has been served by an aerial tram that has connected the ski resort to the nearby Turkish city of Bursa since 1963. However, by 2012, the cable car was considered outdated and the city decided to install a new ropeway system. As such, Bursa commissioned LEITNER Ropeways to build a record setting gondola.

The Bursa Teleferik. Image by Flickr user ustegen.

The new 8.8km cable car, completed in 2014, officially became the world’s longest monocable detachable gondola (MDG). The system begins its journey at Teferrüç station located at the southern end of Bursa. From there, the cable car travels through two more stations (Kadıyayla, and Saralan) before it reaches the summit of the Uludağ at Kurbağa Kaya station.

Each station, designed by Turkish architect Yamaç Korfali, offers their own various services from shopping centers to restaurants to hotels. To reach the top of the Uludağ, the cable car climbs a vertical distance of 1,400 meters.

The Bursa Teleferik. Image by Flickr user sinan özcan.

One of the many advantages of the upgraded ropeway is that it significantly increases accessibility to the resort. Previously, the only way to access the resort was through 35 kilometres of winding road.

Another advantage of the cable car is that this transportation option has become its own popular attraction. Many visitors ride the cable car to simply view the region’s lush vegetation and wildlife during the 25-minute trip to Uludağ. The Bursa Teleferik demonstrates that cable technology can be a reliable transport option for hard-to-reach locations while also giving its passengers an unforgettable ride experience.


Year opened (reopened) 1963 (2014)
Length (km) 8.8
Stations 4
Capacity (pphpd) 1,500
Trip time (minutes) 25
Speed (m/s) 6.0
Fare 20 Turkish Liras (10 USD)

 



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