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21
May

2021

Weekly Roundup: Connecting Remote Places

This rendering, submitted by Smokey Holdings Ltd., depicts what the proposed Ingonish gondola, in Nova Scotia, Canada, could look like.
  • The Mount Wellington Cableway project in Australia is advancing to the public outreach phase. Currently there is opposition to the proposed development on kunanyi/Mt Wellington from the Aboriginal community due to the site’s sacred nature. The mountain top development includes a fine-dining restaurant, café, bar, and amphitheater. Public comment will open on May 24 and close on June 22. The cable car is intended to reduce the number of vehicles driving on bad roads. To follow the project updates visit the projects official website here.


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30
Apr

2021

Weekly Roundup: Plans in Motion

The Wyler Aerial Tramway in Texas, closed in 2018, may yet reopen.
Photo credit: Visit El Paso via Flickr
  • Plans are in motion to revive the Wyler Aerial Tramway. It closed in 2018 because the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) determined that the tram has surpassed its life expectancy and was no longer suited for public use. However, it had passed its annual inspection that year. TPWD and The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority are working together to reopen the tram. The project is estimated to cost  $24-28 million.
  • Vietnam’s Fansipan cable car system was recognized for two world records: the largest elevation difference between the lower and upper terminal at 1,410 meter and the world’s longest 3S gondola at 6.3 km. The cable car replaced a two-day journey with a 15 minute ride. The system can move 2,000 people per hour in the 35-person cabins. During the recognition ceremony for the Guinness record the Fansipan cable car’s 5th anniversary was also celebrated.


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23
Apr

2021

Weekly Roundup: Japan has its First Urban Ropeway

The Yokohama Air Cabin ropeway, seen here under construction in January of this year, is now open. Photo credit: Osumi Akari, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
  • Switzerland gets its first fully autonomous gondola, the Kummebahn. The Kummebahn is Doppelmayr’s AURO cable car system that can operate without an operator. The entire system is monitored with smart technology and connected to the network through cameras and sensors. The 3.2 km gondola connects from Tufternkehr, via Wyss Gufer Central Station, to Rothorn moving 1,500 people per hour in 56 10-person cabins.


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16
Apr

2021

Weekly Roundup: Ski Season’s End Brings More Gondola Projects

A current Squaw Valley Resort gondola. Merging with the nearby Alpine Meadows Resort in 2012, construction will begin soon on a gondola connecting the two.
Photo © Frank Schulenburg


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09
Apr

2021

Weekly Roundup: Russia’s First International Cableway

The Amur river seperates Blagoveschensk, Russia and Heihe, China. Soon a cable car will connect them.
Photo Credit: Oleg fok, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Atlantic Canada is excitedly expecting its first gondola. The gondola is expected to begin operating during the summer at Ingonish Beach. The upper terminal will be a viewing platform with future improvements including a tree walk. The construction is being conducted by Leitner POMA and the system is expected to be built by the end of April.
  • The Maidenhead Town Council is considering a cable car to boost tourism. The project is in the very early stages, but current plans would connect the town’s railway station to the top of one of the tall buildings being built in town, offering panoramic views of Maidenhead, England. Economic analysis shows the system paying for itself within two to three years of operation and there is already a company interested in operating the cable car.


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02
Apr

2021

Weekly Roundup: Calling on DC

The Georgetown-Rosslyn gondola project is requesting funds from the mayor of DC in order for it to be completed.
Conceptual rendering of Georgetown Gondola. Image from Georgetown BID.


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26
Mar

2021

Weekly Roundup: Beach Days by Cable Car?

Manuel Antonio National Park is a large beachside preserve in Costa Rica. While it currently take an hour to get there by car, a proposed cable car ride would take 20 minutes.
Photo credit: Michelle Tran, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Costa Rica is considering an 8.4km eco-friendly cable car to boost tourism. The ambitious tourism and sustainable transportation project would connect the town of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio National Park. The 20-minute cable car ride would be an alternative to what is now a one-hour drive. Tickets are planned to be $1 for residents and $15 for foreigners, with tourism subsidizing the cost for urban transit users. Should it be funded, the cable car is projected to open in 2025 and estimated to cost $50 million.
  • Warner Bros. has decided not to pursue the Hollywood sign gondola. The studio pulled out of the project due to challenging construction issues, required zoning changes, and protocols necessary to protect guests during emergencies such as wildfires and earthquakes. Warner Bros. originally proposed the gondola in 2018 to reduce traffic on nearby residential streets. See a related Weekly Roundup here.


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