Weekly Roundup

27
Aug

2021

Weekly Roundup: Scheduled Maintenance

Taipei Zoo Station, a part of the metro Taipei gondola system.
Photo Credit: 玄史生, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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20
Aug

2021

Weekly Roundup: The Power of Dreams

A marker on the spot of the former Portola Valley tramway. The tramway’s creator’s great-great-grandson is looking to build another in Half Moon Bay.


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13
Aug

2021

Weekly Roundup: Big Plans

Chilliwack, Canada, is the first ever recipient of financing from both Doppelmayr and POMA for their gondola project.
  • Construction for the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Gondola has broken ground. Construction crews are laying the groundwork, and underground work, for the region’s first ever base-to-base gondola. As helicopters fly in tons of concrete for the foundations, the power line, internet lines, snowmaking pipes are being rerouted. The project was in the making for many years as negotiations with a private landowner took place, as well as a lengthy environmental review process. The gondola will connect both resort bases replacing the seven-mile drive.


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30
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: Ropeways Surpass Expectations

The Yokahama Air Cabin opened in April and has attracted visitors from around the world. Photo credit: NEO-NEED, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Japan’s first urban ropeway, Yokohama Air Cabin, opened in April of 2021. The 630-meter ropeway moves passengers from landside Sakuragi to the harbor in five minutes. The system operates using a lithium-ion battery. Cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, LED lights for the nights, and other safety features. Despite the pandemic, Yokohama managed to build a new ropeway attraction and continue to attract visitors from around the world.
  • Hobart City Council voted against the cable car project for Kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Opposition of the project in Tasmania, Australia was centered around environmental and cultural impacts. Some pointed out the cable car was not the issue, but the large development proposed along with it such as the restaurant and café. The Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) will seek legal advice and consider an appeal. To see a related Weekly Roundup here.


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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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