Weekly Roundup

23
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: It’s All About Public Feedback

A notice for the Little Cottonwood Canyon project’s open house that happened this week.


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16
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: Adding Lines

Commuters in Mexico City can now escape gridlock with the opening of Cablebús Line 1. Photo courtesy of LEITNER ropeways
  • Cablebús Line 1 in Mexico City began operating on July 11. The system is 9.2 kilometers long with six stations. The system is connected to Line 3 of the Metro, Line 1 of the Metrobús and 4 of the Mexibús. The total travel time is 33 minutes at the price of seven pesos ($0.35 USD) per ride. Cablebús Line 2, which is 10.5 kilometers long, will be inaugurated on July 24.
  • Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont is constructing two new lifts. The Quantum Four lift is being relocated and replaced by the Quantum Six, increasing capacity to 2,900 rides per hour. The Quantum Four is moving to replace the Green Ridge Triple and will be renamed to the Evergreen Summit Express. It will serve the  summit area with quicker and easier rides. The new lifts are expected to be operational for the 2021-22 winter season.
  • Burnaby City Council has formally reviewed and discussed the three potential routes for the proposed SFU Burnaby Mountain Gondola. Four city council members believe that not enough public consultation was done for the residents directly impacted by Route 1, Forest Grove. It is believed that properties within the cable car right-of-way should be compensated. See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.


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09
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: A Cable Car to Speed up Bridge Construction

A rendering of what will be the Msikaba bridge in South Africa. A temporary cable car is being installed to allow staff to cross the gorge in an efficient manner while construction is ongoing.
Image credit: By Sakowski – Wiki highest bridges.com, Fair use
  • Snowbasin Resort in Utah has announced a new high speed, six-seater chairlift. The lift will replace Snowbasin’s oldest fixed grip, a 1979 CTEC triple, reducing the trip from 9.2 minutes to 4.9 minutes. Snowbasin has partnered with Leitner-Poma of America to get this done. The lift is designed to move 1,800 passengers per hour, but future plans will increase the capacity to 2,400 passengers per hour by adding an additional 17 chairs. Construction is expected to begin in mid-July and run through November.


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02
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: Stimulus Dollars Bring Gondola Possibilities

Pueblo, Colorado is expecting $69 million in stimulus money and is considering spending some of it to add a gondola to revitalize the downtown area.
Photo credit: David Shankbone, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Newly elected members of the Burnaby City Council need to weigh in on the SFU Gondola. The city council and mayor are required to decide whether the project should proceed before October 2022, as well as to make a recommendation to TransLink on the route. Of the three routes explored, Route 1 was preferred by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) students and the greater community. See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.


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25
Jun

2021

Weekly Roundup: Careful Consideration

  • Video footage of the tragic cable car accident in Italy has been released. Footage from inside and outside the station show the cabin approaching the station when a cable snaps sending the cabin rolling back down the haul rope. It is believed that if the emergency brake hadn’t been temporarily disabled, the cabin would have remained on the supporting cable. Investigators are still trying to determine why the first cable broke. See a related Weekly Roundup here.


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18
Jun

2021

Weekly Roundup: From LA to New Zealand, New Cable Car Proposals Abound

Porirua Adventure Park will be home to New Zealand’s fifth gondola. Seen here is the park’s grand opening event. The gondola system still needs to be financed.
  • Porirua will be home New Zealand’s fifth gondola. The gondola is planned as part of the Porirua Adventure Park project. The proposed system will have 26 cabins ferrying people along the 290-meter journey over Te Rāhui o Rangituhi to a restaurant. The project still needs $16 million to fully finance the $32 million project that will create 200 jobs and pump $40 million into the local economy in the first five years.
  • The Laval surface tram projects recalls the abandoned elevated tramway. The City of Laval, Canada’s long-term plan includes a surface tramway along Saint-Martin Blvd, but there are little details about the surface tramway. In 2011, a former mayor studied an elevated tramway. Unfortunately the project was abandoned when Place Bell was built and the Société de transport de Laval revised its plans.


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11
Jun

2021

Weekly Roundup: A Cable Car for Manila?

The light rain system in Manila, the Philippines, could be just a portion of the city’s transit network if the proposed cable car were to be integrated into it.
Photo credit: David Stanley via Flickr, license
  • Half Moon Bay’s traffic problem could potentially be solved with a cable car. This coastal city in California has a 10 kilometer stretch of roadway that on average takes 40 minutes to drive through, but at times can take up to two hours. In instances when there is an accident or natural disaster, closing the roadway, there is additional disruption to traffic. The idea of a cable car with two stations has been pitched to help the congestion.


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