A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:
Yenimahalle – Şentepe Teleferik (Ankara, Turkey)
We received news last year that Ankara’s urban cable car had begun operations in March 2014. But reports this week suggest that the 3.2km system opened on May 20. If Google Translate is accurate, perhaps this was a phased opening. If you know what is actually happening on the ground (or just a few metres up) we’d love to hear from you.
Buffalo SkyLine (USA)
CUP was in the Queen City this week to give an overview of urban gondola systems. The presentation served as a primer for an Outer Harbour gondola proposal by local group, Citizens for Regional Transit and 21st Century Park. A cable car system offers several advantages. For instance, it could be built at a fraction of the cost of a lift bridge but without impeding marine traffic. We think it would look beautiful too.
Mi Teleferico Annual Maintenance (La Paz, Bolivia)
It’s hard to believe La Paz’s Red Line has been operating for almost a year now. As part of the annual maintenance requirements, the system will be closed from May 25 to May 29. Next, the Green Line services will close for maintenance, June 1 to June 5. While these procedures may inconvenience commuters, they’re necessary to ensure maximum safety and reliability.