Telecabine Lisboa

12
Oct

2016

System Dossier: Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car)

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The World Fair or Expo’ presents the opportunity for cities to develop and improve their national brand through their exhibitions. Cities see a large influx of tourists eager to see and learn about the country and what it has to offer. In 1992, the maritime city of Lisbon, Portugal was awarded to host the 1998 World Fair. The Parque das Nações (English: Nations’ Park) was selected as the site to display an innovative, modern perspective of historical Lisbon.

It’s theme of “The oceans: A heritage for the future” was conveyed through the development of an Oceanarium as well as the construction of both Vasco Da Gama Mall and Tower. The newly redesigned waterfront was ultimately completed by the construction of a gondola to connect the two venues.

Image by Flickr user Aapo Haapanen

The Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car) is a Doppelmayr built, MDG (monocable detachable gondola) system that leisurely glides over the Parque Nações. The cable car, which is not integrated within Lisbon’s public transit network, travels 1.2 km along the Tagus River connecting the Vasco Da Gama Tower in the north to the Oceanarium in the south.

During the Expo, the gondola provided an efficient means of transportation between the two attractions. Today, however, the cable car operates as its own complimentary attraction that presents both tourists and locals with panoramic views of the Parque Nações and surrounding areas. Though Expo ’98 is long over, the Telecabine Lisboa continues to provide visitors with a fun and memorable experience.



Length (km) 1.2
Stations 2
Year Opened 1998
Cabin Capacity 8 (reg)
Fare (euro) 3.95
Trip Time 8-12 minutes
Maximum speed (m/s) 4
Line Capacity (pphpd) 2,000










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May

2016

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22
Jun

2015

Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car)

 In Lisbon for a few days this summer, I got to ride the Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car) a cable car built for Expo ‘98. Image by Nicholas Chu.


In Lisbon for a few days this summer, I got to ride the Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car) a gondola built for Expo ‘98. Image by Nicholas Chu.

BACKGROUND

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a vibrant city built on seven hills along the Tagus River. Known for its café culture, spunky yellow trams and rich naval history, the city has become a trending destination for tourists.

Given the variety of attractions and sites, visitors typically spend most of their time exploring the main sites in the popular districts of Baixa, Belem and Alfama. However, if you have time, venture outside the historic city centre to Parque das Nações (Nations Park, about a 20 minute drive or 30 minute metro ride) for a taste of modern Lisbon.

Formerly an industrial part of the city, Nations Park was redeveloped for Expo ‘98. Famous architects such as Nick Jacobs and Santiago Calatrava left their mark on the district. The exposition garnered significant investment, creating this lasting and vibrant legacy of futuristic buildings, eclectic public art, and lush gardens.

The most prominent developments are the Oceanarium, Gare do Oriente transport hub, Vasco de Gama Mall, Vasco de Gama Tower and Vasco de Gama Bridge (Europe’s longest bridge) and of course, the Telecabine Lisboa. Other amenities in the area include the MEO Arena, Casino Lisboa, and the International Fair of Lisbon Convention Center.

It might be difficult to fully capture in a simple blog post, but after reading this article, you may quickly find that the cable car is so low impact, that it operates basically as a benign piece of infrastructure.

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