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09
Sep

2017

Photo of the Week: Mi Teleférico

Bajando por la linea verde de #miteleferico 📷:@ana_maria_13 #soylapazbolivia

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07
Sep

2017

System Dossier: Awana Skyway

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Genting Highlands, also known as Resorts World Genting, is a Malaysian resort complex situated at the top of Gunung Ulu Kali (1,800 meters above sea level). This “City of Entertainment” is located about an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur and comprises of five hotels, shopping malls, a theme park, and casinos.

The idea of this hilltop resort was conceived by Malaysian entrepreneur Lim Goh Tong while he worked on a hydro-electric plant in the nearby Cameron Highlands. After an arduous construction process, Resorts World Genting opened its doors for business in 1971.

Today, Genting Highlands is a remarkable success. The resort is a one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in the region, attracting over 20 million visitors annually from across Malaysia and the rest of Asia. As this destination contains the country’s only legal land casino, it’s no surprise that Genting Highlands is dubbed the “Las Vegas of Malaysia”.

Aerial view of Resorts World Genting. Image by flickr user Chee Hong.

Currently Resorts World Genting is undergoing a 10-year transformation project (valued at RM10.3B/US$2.5B), in order to bolster the resort’s international profile. A number of world-class entertainment options for visitors are part of the plan, which includes the world’s first Twentieth Century Fox World theme park, the newly opened SkyAvenue shopping mall and, of course, the new cable car system — the Awana Skyway.

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02
Sep

2017

Photo of the Week: Madeira Cable Car (Teleférico do Funchal)

#madeira #madeiracablecar #funchal From #montepalacetropicalgarden to funchAl

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31
Aug

2017

Schwyz Stoos Funicular Set to Open in December

Schwyz Stoos Funicular. Screenshot from YouTube.

In less than four months, one of the world’s steepest funiculars is scheduled to open for passenger service. The system, known as the Schwyz-Stoos Funicular (German: Standseilbahn Schwyz–Stoos), is located in Switzerland and will operate at a maximum gradient of 110%/47.7° during its journey between Schwyz and the ski resort / tourist village of Stoos.

The new 1,740m funicular has a height difference of 743m and was built to replace an older funicular system which has been operational since 1933.

Funicular will have height difference of 743m. Image from srf.ch.

Prior to breaking ground, the planning and implementation of this funicular had to overcome a number of challenges. Designers analyzed fifteen different options before selecting the existing route alignment and technology. At the onset of the project, a 3S gondola was explored but was abandoned as it faced two major problems: 1) an aerial gondola would travel through an active shooting range; and 2) residents felt an emotional attachment to a rail based cable system.

Project proponents also concluded that the modernization of the older funicular system was not possible as this option would cause financial losses to the operator and would have halted transit service for the 150 residents of Stoos. Since locals live in a car-free town where vehicular access is limited, any shutdown would cause a huge inconvenience.

To meet modern regulations, engineers at Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group had to rethink and redesign the funicular to ensure level passenger access. Unlike many standard funiculars where station platforms are designed on a set of stairs with graded vehicle compartments, the Stoos funicular is designed with an inclination adjustment system. This means that the four 34-passenger rotating cabins on each train remain horizontally level throughout the journey.

Funicular provides level boarding thereby allowing easier access for all users. Screenshot from YouTube.


Construction of the new funicular began in July 2013 but faced several delays resulting from the collapse of a materials cableway and difficulties associated with tunnel drilling. Nevertheless, tracks were finally laid in April 2017 while the system is scheduled to open on December 17, 2017. As seen in the video above, the funicular successfully passed a “tilt form test” in early August.

The new system ensures 100% accessibility for all users and travels at a maximum speed of 10m/s. Project proponents hope that improved system performance and vehicular aesthetics will help boost tourism and enhance transport for both visitors and residents alike.

Year 2017
Length (km) 1.74
Capacity (pphpd) 1,500
Speed (m/s) 10
Trip time (minutes) 3-5
Engine (hp) 1,360


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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.



Thanks for to Ross E. for sending us the link!



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17
Aug

2017

System Dossier: Polinka

Polinka cable car. image by Flickr user Maciek Lulko

Wrocław, pronounced ‘Vrots-waff’, is the capital of Lower Silesia, located in the southwest corner of Poland. Wrocław’s unique location has resulted in a fascinating history where the city was caught up in several conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, when the city became the center of German liberation; and World War II, when the city, called Breslau by the Germans, was captured by the Red Army in 1945. Shortly after the war, the country was transferred to Poland and officially named Wrocław.

Remnants of Bohemian, Austrian, and Prussian influence can be seen throughout Wrocław’s unique combination of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Today the city has grown to become the financial, commercial, and cultural hub of western Poland, and was named in 2016 the European Capital of Culture.

Rynek market square in Wrocław. Image by Flickr user Mark Swanson

Wrocław is also highly regarded as an educational hub that contains a student population of 130,000. Many of Poland’s highest ranked universities such as the University of Wrocław and the Wrocław University of Technology reside in the city. The Wrocław University of Technology will remain the topic of this dossier as it is the site of Poland’s lone urban CPT system.

Polinka is a 373-meter long Aerial Tramway (ATW) that travels 7m over the Oder river connecting two sections of the campus and several other attractions in the city such as the Hydropolis and the Wyspianski beaches. The ATW system is somewhat unique since it uses two low capacity 15 person cabins (CWA’s Omega IV cabins) to shuttle passengers across the river. In the urban market, this model of cabin is typically seen in continuously circulating Monocable Detachable Gondolas (MDG) while ATWs generally use larger cabins to increase line capacities.

The Polinka cable car crossing the Oder River. Image by Flickr user Maciek Lulko.

Before the cable car was constructed, a footbridge was considered and analyzed. Ultimately a gondola was chosen as it was less expensive and unlike a bridge, an aerial lift would not interfere with marine traffic. With the help of Doppelmayr Garventa Group, Polinka opened in 2013 and replaced a 20 minute walk across the Grunwaldzki bridge. Today, that same journey only takes two minutes.

Unfortunately shortly after opening, the system was shut down for 1.5 months as a barge captain accidentally damaged one of the cabins with an excavator after he failed to take the necessary precautions to avoid the ATW. Since then, the cabin has been repaired and the system continues to shuttle passengers across the river.

To access the cable car, students at the University simply flash their ID cards. Meanwhile other passengers must either show a valid URBANCARD or pay the equivalent of a public transport ticket (US$0.80 or 3 zł). Despite the accident, the unique aerial lift has positively raised the University’s public profile across the country. Additionally, the system has been well integrated into the everyday life on the campus.

Student events and activities being held at the Polinka. Image from Facebook.

Overall, the Polinka demonstrates how ropeway technology can be applied in an university setting to help solve challenging topographical barriers in a creative and economical manner.


Year opened 2013
Length (km) 0.373
Capacity (pphpd) 366
Speed (m/s) 5.0
Trip time (minutes) 2

 



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12
Aug

2017

Mixed Results So Far As Brest Cable Car Undergoes Annual Maintenance

Brest Cable Car (Téléphérique de Brest). Image by Denelorn.

As the Brest Cable Car (Téléphérique de Brest) nears its first anniversary, its journey so far has been anything but smooth. A series of technical challenges — ranging from power outages on its maiden voyage to computer/operational failures — has plagued France’s first Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system. With its slew of problems, critics have been quick denounce and mock the project.

This week, as if things couldn’t have gotten any worse, one of the system’s cabins was damaged when it fell several meters off a crane during its first annual maintenance program. Contrary to information spread on social media, the cabin did not detach from the cables.

Despite its problems, the cable car has transformed into a popular local attraction. And to the surprise of its many, ridership has already breached 550,000 passengers in 6.5 months (estimated to transport 675,000 per year). In fact, the system’s popularity was immediately apparent on its first day as a group of locals decided to dress up as skiers to celebrate the special ocassion.

According to the city’s tourism office, the aerial ropeway has become a must see attraction for visitors as it soars to heights of 80m. Reviews on TripAdvisor have praised the system’s for its pleasant ride, affordable prices and spectacular views. Overall, the system is now ranked the 7th most popular attraction in the City. The popularity of the Brest Cable Car amongst tourists is common for urban ropeways as other systems around the world have experienced a similar phenomenon. For instance, the aerial lifts in La Paz/El Alto, Medellin, and Portland are all ranked as a top 10 attraction in each respective city.

Unfortunately, riders will be face long wait times as a replacement cabin will not be ready for another 6-9 months. We will continue to monitor the system’s progress and provide any updates on the website and/or our Facebook page.



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