Weekly Roundup

31
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: West Learns of Big Cable Car Project, Free Rides in Singapore


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Western World Learns About La Paz Cable Car Phase 2 (Bolivia)
A 6-line, 20.3km, $450 million gondola investment would likely make headlines across the world if it was built in a “western” city. But it was only this week that our news media outlets finally considered this event to be newsworthy. Is it just a slow summer news week or are western media invincibly ignorant? You be the judge.

Free Rides on Singapore Cable Car (Singapore)
In just a few days (August 10 to be exact), the Lion City will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As part of the festivities, cable car operators are offering permanent residents and Singaporeans free rides from 9am to 9pm. No word yet on any perks for foreigners (or lions).

1 million tourists (Ba Na Hills, Vietnam)
The Vietnamese mountain resort of Ba Na Hills continues its growth and welcomes its millionth visitor this week. Last year, that millionth visitor didn’t arrive until November. The lucky 1 millionth winner receives a US$450 voucher which can be used on all services, including the record holding Ba Na Hills Cable Car.

24
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Report Released in Geneva; K’Nex Challenge Aboard the Emirates Air Line

View from Le Salève down to Veyrier and surrounds communities around Lake Geneva. Image from Wikipedia.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Urban Cable Car for Geneva? (Switzerland)
Luc Barthassat, Switzerland’s Minister of Transport, commissioned a study in 2014 to analyze the possibility of an urban gondola in Geneva. Last Friday the report was finally released. While precise routes have yet to be determined, the study mentions a potential alignment connecting the municipality of Veyrier.

Emirates Air Line Teams Up With K’Nex (London, England)
K’Nex toys and London’s Emirates Air Line are joining forces next week to offer families a fun challenge aboard the cable car. Entrants will have 20 minutes (the round trip) to build a structure with K’Nex — something inspired by their trip over the Thames. Prizes include tickets for the cable car, an aviation experience and a tub of K’Nex. Participation is free but entrants must register by July 26.

Sinaia Gondola to Open in December (Prahova County, Romania)
The mountain resort town of Sinaia will have a new gondola come this December. The cable car will link the hotel Cota 1400 to the ski area of Cota 2000. The €7.5 million system will support tourism in the Sinaia area, which already attracts 150,000 tourists each year.

17
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Cable Car in Samut Prakan & Snow Day in La Paz


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Urban Cable Car Crossing Chao Phraya (Samut Prakan, Thailand)
A US$11.7 million cable car is being planned for Samut Prakan, the province 29km south of Bangkok. The cable car will connect to the old Phra Samut Chedi district and integrate with the extension of the Skytrain’s Green Line. Planners hope this gondola crossing the Chao Phraya river will bring the area more attention and attract tourists.

“S’no Problem” (La Paz, Bolivia)
Skeptics who question whether urban gondolas could operate even in snowy conditions are invited to view this video. Or just see above.

But Arthurs Seat Skylift Gondola Is a Problem (Australia)
Opponents of the Arthurs Seat Skylift are planning to bring up two matters to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). First, they are seeking to clarify the timing of the release of emergency management and bushfire plans, which we agree are critically important. Secondly, they will raise concerns regarding the colour of the gondola cabins. We like yellow.

10
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: La Paz Welcomes Pope; Germany to Build Tallest Cable Car Tower

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Pope in La Paz (Bolivia)
The entire country of Bolivia welcomes the Holy Father as he tours the country. To ensure security, it seems that the entire Red Line was closed for passenger transport for 10 minutes as his motorcade passed by underneath. *Correction, July 20, 2015: due to language barriers, we earlier reported that he rode the cable car which seems to be incorrect.

Germany’s Highest Peak Gets Cable Car (Bavaria, Germany)
By 2017, a 120 person cable car will connect Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany with an elevation of 2962m. The system will be 4.5km in length and have a capacity of 700 persons/hour. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that it will have just one record setting tower at 127m in height. The current record for the tallest cable car tower belongs to the Austrian cable car Gletscherbahn Kaprun at 113m.

Base to Base Gondola Update (Olympic Valley, California)
The Base to Base Gondola proposal was announced back in April 2015. Now project proponents have uploaded a new video asking for more community support. If built, the cable car will connect the two ski resorts of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

03
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: Prefab Wooden Cable Car Station; Paris and Kolkata May Study Urban Ropeway

Prefab Wooden Summit Station. Image from Treehugger.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Cable Car Proposed to Solve Last Mile Problem at Large Railway Stations (Paris, France)
It’s only a 1km between Paris’s Gare de Lyon (90,000,000 annual passengers) and the Gare d’Austerlitz (30,000,000 annual passengers) two of the metropolis’s biggest train stations — about a 10-minute walk. But if you’re hurrying between stations in summer, hauling a heavy suitcase, that’s a very long 10 minutes. So city councillor Jean-Bernard Bros of the RPG has called for a cable car study. Station to station, this system would cross the Seine River and over Charles de Gaulle Bridge.

Kolkata to See Aerial Ropeway Transit? (Kolkata, India)
Think your local traffic is bad? No wonder a local Indian ropeway manufacturer is working on a proposal with officials for an aerial ropeway in two sectors of Kolkata: Sealdah to the BBD Bagh area and Howrah to the new state secretariat at Nabanna. The system will travel at speeds of 12.5km, have 8-10 person cabins with an hourly capacity of 2,000-2,500 and cost Rs 20 crore per km (~USD$3 million).

Prefab Wooden Cable Car Summit Station (Toggenburg, Switzerland)
The construction of a wooden summit station was complete after its cable car helped haul 3,600 tons of materials over 1,200 trips. Built to respect local traditions and designs, the new facility was installed to further develop culture-based tourism in the region.

26
Jun

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Cable Car Proposals in San Diego, Amsterdam and Taiping

 

Illustration of San Diego Skyway.

Illustration of San Diego Skyway.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Study Complete in San Diego (San Diego, California)
The study for a 2-mile (3.2km) urban gondola from San Diego Bay to Balboa Park is now complete. Estimates predict costs of $65-75 million and annual ridership of up to 1.1 million. The complete ride on the 4-station line would take about 12 minutes. Officials agreed to study the project more, focusing on design, engineering, environmental and regulatory issues.

Bukit Larut Plans to Proceed (Taiping, Malaysia)
Bukit Larut (aka Maxwell Hill) may soon get its cable car. The Perak Government is proceeding with plans for a 3.5km, RM65 million (US$17.3 million) cable car, an idea first raised 1997. Opponents’ concerns about environmental impact and financial sustainability were trumped. The cable car will have less impact than a new road, and the Taiping Zoo already receives 650,000 visitors annually.

Amsterdam Cable Car (The Netherlands)
Amsterdam is seriously considering a cable car connection Amsterdam-Noord and the city centre. As Noord has grown in recent years, so has ferry usage across the IJ River. Some believe a cable car could improve cross–river transport.

Daredevil Flies into Cable Car (Chamonix, France)
Arnaud Longobardi, a speedflyer, pulled off an almost impossible feat. He launched himself off the side of a mountain, gliding at speeds of up to 80kph, before this perfect landing in a moving cable car.

19
Jun

2015

Weekly Roundup: Designs Unveiled for White Line in La Paz

 

Scale model of Línea Blanca. Image from miteleferico.bo.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

Designs for White Line (Línea Blanca) Unveiled (La Paz, Bolivia)
The 5-station White Line is planned to connect the south and north of La Paz. Not only will the project improve transportation options for locals, 200 trees will be planted along Busch Avenue. Civilized as that sounds, perhaps the most interesting aspect of this project is that Plaza Villarroel Station is an underground terminal! One of the only underground gondola stations in the world, is it taking cues from its subway counterparts?

Intra-Island Cableway Opens (Singapore)
Visitors to Sentosa, one of Singapore’s largest tourist destinations, can now conveniently travel around the island on an aerial cable car. However, this is not to be confused with the Singapore Cable Car, which transports riders from Mount Faber to Sentosa but does not provide transport within the island. Nor are the 2 systems connected. The new 3-station system is 880m and takes passengers on a ride 80m above ground. Many riders have already commended the system for its high quality experience.

Emirates Air Lines Belongs on Tube Map (London, UK)
Does the Emirates Air Lines cable car deserve a place on what some argue is the world’s most prominent and well-recognized transit map? Some think it should be removed but as Citymetric reporter Peter Apps explains, there are many good reasons why it should stay.

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