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02
May

2017

Urban Ropeway in Berlin Opens for IGA 2017

IGA Ropeway. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

After much anticipation, the urban gondola for Berlin’s 2017 International Garden Show (IGA 2017) has finally opened for passenger service on April 13, 2017. As the investor, builder and operator of the IGA 2017 gondola, LEITNER Ropeways played a pivotal role in helping implement Berlin’s first cable car in 60 years. 

With over 5,000 events spread out over 104 hectares, IGA 2017 will function as a platform for intercultural dialogue and innovation. The event is designed with a focus on green urban spaces and culture, making the gondola a perfect fit for the horticultural exhibition. 

Gondola technology not only has a low footprint on the environment, it offers near silent operations with 100% barrier-free access. Passengers aboard the ropeway’s 65 ten-person cabins soar to heights of 25-30m.  

The 1.5km system is built over three stations, with a connection to the City’s “Kienberg-Gärten der Welt”  subway station. From here, passengers are flown across the exhibition grounds to the top of Kienberg (102m) near the “Wolkenhain” observation platform. Visitors can disembark at the intermediate station or they can remain onboard as the cable car continues to travel through to the exhibition’s central area.  

With a capacity of 3,000 pphpd, the estimated 2 million visitors to IGA 2017 will have stress-free, and convenient transport throughout the site. After six months, the exhibition will come to an end on October 15, 2017. However, the urban cable car will continue to operate as a vital transit and tourist link for locals and visitors alike. 

The system will provide a quick and sustainable 4.5 minute aerial ride to the subway for residents living in the Marzahn and Hellersdorf districts. The Berlin cable car is another example of LEITNER Ropeways growing presence in the urban transport market. To learn more about the urban gondola and LEITNER Ropeways, please click here.


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30
Mar

2017

LEITNER Ropeways Improves Urban Mobility in Tuscany with PisaMover

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The automated PisaMover provides rapid transit to Galileo Galilei Airport. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

The PisaMover in Tuscany, Italy is the latest cable-drawn urban rail transport system built by LEITNER ropeways. The automated people mover was implemented as part of the City’s comprehensive infrastructure plans to enhance cycling, walking and public transit.

Officially inaugurated on March 18, 2017, the new 1,760m cable transport system was designed with MiniMetro technology and provides users with a direct five minute connection between the City’s main train station (Pisa Central), an intermediary 1,400 space car park (San Giusto/Aurelia) and Galileo Galilei airport. The PisaMover operates at speeds of up to 40km/h with vehicle capacities of 107 passengers per train (two trains of three connected cabins).

LEITNER ropeways collaborated with a diverse team of professionals which included Italian star architect Adolfo Natalini (vehicle and station design) and the University of Pisa (special vehicle bogy design for added comfort). LEITNER’s DirectDrive technology was used to maximize energy savings, emissions reduction and noise reduction.

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PisaMover is projected to transport 2.0 – 2.6 million passengers each year. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

Before the PisaMover, passengers were subject to shuttle bus rides on congested roads between the train station and the airport. However with the introduction of the cable-drawn people mover, it will help reduce road traffic, enhance ride comfort and improve urban mobility.

This innovative transport line was built for 72 million Euros under a pubic-private-partnership arrangement between LEITNER ropeways and Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A., one of Italy’s largest construction companies. The system will be operated by the two companies for 33 years before it is transferred to the municipality of Pisa.

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System: MiniMetro
Length (m): 1,760
Number of Vehicles: 2
Speed (km/h): Up to 40
Passenger Capacity: 107 persons per vehicle
Journey Time: 5 min (incl stop at mid-station)

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24
Oct

2016

New 3S Eisgratbahn on the Stubaier Glacier Now in Operation

3S Eisgratbahn. Image by Stubaier Gletscherbahnen via LEITNER Ropeways.

3S Eisgratbahn. Image by Stubaier Gletscherbahnen via LEITNER Ropeways.

LEITNER Builds Longest 3S Gondola Lift in Alps

The new 4.6km Eisgratbahn is a true marvel of engineering and performance. Built by LEITNER Ropeways, this system marks the first 3S gondola lift designed with the company’s groundbreaking DirectDrive technology.

With the new cable car, wait times for skiers are reduced as the system has a capacity of 3,014 persons and a speedy trip time of just 12 minutes. The sleek and futuristic cabins were produced in partnership with Pininfarina, the designer of Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. Each of the 48 cabins are equipped with wireless connectivity and offers ample space for up to 32 passengers.

Local newspaper Stubaier Bergbahnen KG reacted enthusiastically to the opening of the cable car and described the project as follows:

“With the new 3S Eisgratbahn we not only realized a groundbreaking project in Austria’s ropeway business within a very short construcion period – but we also did the largest individual investment of a ski area spending 64 million Euros. This project could be realized within less than 16 months thanks to a well-thought-out planning and an exemplary collaboration of all decision-makers, construction companies and employees of the Stubaier Gletscherbahnen. It really is a milestone.”


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20
Oct

2016

LEITNER Ropeways: Why Choose Urban Gondolas?


LEITNER Ropeways gives us 11 great reasons for choosing Cable Propelled Transit in an urban environment. Click on the video above to learn more.

We can think of lots more. What do you think?

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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.

For more information about the Mexicable, click here.


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16
Sep

2016

LEITNER Ropeways: Sky High Views of Wildlife and Nature at Cabárceno Natural Park

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Cabárceno cable car. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Cabárceno Natural Park is not your typical zoo or greenspace. Except for the provision of food, over 120 unique species of wildlife can be found living in a near natural/unaltered state over a 750ha expanse of reclaimed mining lands.

In the past, visitors to this massive parkland only had the option to drive, walk or bike through 20 km (12.4 mi) of roads. As of September 2016, visitors can glide through Northern Spain’s most popular destination onboard two environmentally friendly cable cars built by LEITNER Ropeways.

Sitting in the cable cars, guests can now view the park, its animals and the nearby city of Santander at vantage points never experienced before.

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Passengers get unique views of wildlife. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

System map. Image LEITNER Ropeways.

System map. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Unparalleled Comfort, Reliability, and Experience

The two cable lifts combined provide visitors nearly 5 km of aerial fun over 4 stations, with a ride time of more than 20 minutes.

While both systems operate independently from each other, passengers can conveniently transfer between lines at the central interchange station.

Cabárceno Line 1 operates in a unique, unidirectional configuration that is shaped in form of a triangle. A total of 38 cabins provide a line capacity of 1,000 persons per hour. Visitors also have the choice to board two glass bottom cabins for a more exhilarating experience.

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Passenger boarding station. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Interchange Station. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Convenient transfers between lines 1 and 2. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Reducing Disruption and Noise, and Enhancing Sustainability 

To minimize disruption to wildlife, special drones were used to lay and install the ropes at sensitive locales. This meant that animals could remain in their habitats undisturbed.

In addition, the two cable lifts were designed with LEITNER Ropeways’ DirectDrive and LeitDrive systems. These unique drive solutions, offered only by LEITNER Ropeways, provides the benefits of lowered emissions, reduced noise and lowered maintenance requirements.

Overall the new ropeways provide users with a superior travel experience, and help the park minimize its impact to the natural environment.

 

Cabárceno Line 1:

Length 3,795 m
Vertical Distance 158.5 m
Speed 4 m/s
Capacity 1,000 p/h
Trip Time 15 min 57 sec
Number of Cabins 38
Number of Towers 22

 

Cabárceno Line 2:

Length 1,061 m
Vertical Distance 101.25 m
Speed 4 m/s
Capacity 1,000 p/h
Trip Time 4 min 27 sec
Number of Cabins 22
Number of Towers 6



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13
Jun

2016

LEITNER Ropeways 2015 Annual Report – Revolutionizing Urban Ropeway Transport

LEITNER Ropeways has released its 2015 Annual Report.

In this stunning publication, the South Tyrolean manufacturer documents a total of 28 cable lifts spread across the world in 13 countries.

This year was noteworthy as at it marked the 15th anniversary of LEITNER’s unique drive solution — the Direct Drive. This system, which offers operators and passengers lower noise levels, greater efficiency and higher reliability, has been installed on another 15 systems in 2015 alone.

In addition, LEITNER has been able to add two impressive cable cars to its already diverse portfolio of urban gondolas. The MIOCable in Cali, Colombia and the final stage of the Yenimahalle-Sentepe cable car in Ankara, Turkey both became operational last year.

MIOCable 

MIOCable

MIOCable opened in September 2015 in Colombia’s third most populous city, Cali, with great fanfare and celebrations. This cable car is the 6th urban cable car built by LEITNER and is the third Colombian city to introduce cable propelled transit.

The 120,000 residents of Siloé, a hilly and disadvantaged community, now have access to a fast and efficient urban transport system that is fully integrated with the local transit network.

Travel times have been reduced by 74%, from 35 minutes to just 9 minutes, thereby improving resident’s access to jobs, recreation and schools.

Yenimahalle Teleferik / Ankara Cable Car (Stage III)

Yenimahalle III

Known as Eurasia’s largest urban cable car, the final section of the Yenimahalle Teleferik opened for service in 2015. While the last leg of the system is 1.9km, the entire urban cable car is 3.2km in length with 4 stations.

The cable car offers passengers with great comfort and convenience as it is not only connected to the city’s metro but the cabins are designed with heated seats and a multimedia information system.

Upcoming Urban Transport Projects

Urban transport doesn’t just stop with the aerial lifts in Cali and Ankara. Already, four more urban-centric ropeways have been highlighted in the annual report. These include systems in Torreon (Mexico), Ecatepec (Mexico), Berlin (Germany) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Torreon, Mexico

Cristo de Las Noas. Image by LEITNER.

8-passenger gondola connecting Cristo de Las Noas, Latin America’s 3rd biggest Christ statue. Scheduled for completion in October 2016. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Berlin, Germany

IGA Berlin 2017 Cable Car Rendering. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

1.5km urban cable car will open for IGA Berlin 2017 and will be the city’s first cable car in 50 years. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Ecatepec, Mexico

Ecatepec

First urban ropeway in Mexico. 10-passenger cabins, 3000 capacity system to open in 2016. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.


Regardless of the types of challenges you might encounter with your urban cable car project, LEITNER Ropeways will have the expertise and staff ready to help. For more information and to learn more, please click here.



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