A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:
£100 Million Proposal (Cardiff, UK)
Cardiff Business Council, the city’s investment arm, wants to start a feasibility study on a £100 million (US$150 million) urban cable car which connects the CBD, the bay area, and the town of Penarth. Project proponents believe the system will serve a dual purpose by transporting tourists and commuters alike. The envisioned cable car is 5 miles in length with a capacity of 2,500.
Switzerland’s First Urban Cable Car
Morges, a small Swiss town is expected to grow by 15,000 – 18,000 persons/jobs by 2030. As part of its regional transportation study, an urban gondola linking Longeraie, future neighbourhood of En Molliau, and a train station is being explored. The study is expected to be complete by spring 2016.
Interconnect Gondola Approved (Park City, Utah)
Vail Resorts is on its way to becoming the biggest ski destination in the USA after City Hall approves the Interconnect Gondola. This 1.4 mile (2.3km) ropeway will connect Park City Mountain Resort to Canyons Resort. In approximately 7 months time, the system is expected to be fully operational when ski reason kicks off again in November. The gondola is the centrepiece of Vail’s $50 million package of proposed improvements.