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Metrocable photo courtesy of Rubi Florez

Metrocable photo courtesy of Rubi Florez

Bogota Metro and Metrocable Up in the Air

“Seeking clarity on the new administration’s plans,” Colombia’s National Development Fund has paused the tendering process until February, 2016, effectively pausing infrastructure plans. More.

“Boom!” Editorial Questions Cable Car Construction in Korea

Right now, there are over 30 gondola projects being planned or promoted in Korea. The country is experiencing what one editorial calls a boom and questions, “whether there will be enough demand” to make the projects profitable, plus whether environmental concerns are being adequately addressed. More.

Murmurs in Mumbai Mirror of Gondola Linking Local Tourist Sites

Mumbai, India’s historic Sewri Fort and beautiful Elephanta Caves are separated by 6.5kms of water. The local port trust is “toying with the idea” linking the sites by a ropeway (a tourist draw in itself). More.







Weekly Roundup: 42km of Urban Cable Car in Bandung?


• Bandung Plans Massive Cable Car Network (Indonesia)

Indonesia’s 3rd largest city plans to build a 42km long network of urban gondolas, an estimated investment of US$357.1 million. The Bandung system will be financed by the Asian Development Bank with a low interest loan. The mayor announced that the system will break ground in December. Previous reports indicated plans to build a much smaller cable car.

• Another Urban Cable Car in Hong Kong? (China)

Hong Kong already has two popular aerial gondolas, but there are now plans for a 3rd system which extend the existing Ngong Ping 360 to Tai O (a small fishing village on the city’s outskirts). Some residents are concerned that a new cable car may overwhelm and forever alter the rural atmosphere of Tai O. A study of the new line is expected to be completed by early next year.

• Operations and Maintenance Manager (London, England)

Need a change in careers? If you love gondolas and want to live in London, the Emirates Air Lines is now looking for an Operations and Maintenance Manager. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside a small team as part of Doppelmayr.





Weekly Roundup: Drunken Cable Car Operating Now Illegal, Korea Plans Many Cable Cars

New Plans for Namsan Cable Car. Image from Korea Times.

• No More Inebriated Ropeway Operators (Switzerland)

From our “Don’t Try This At Home” file, perhaps one of the strangest pieces of ropeway news you might ever hear. It appears that drinking and operating a cable car in Switzerland was once somewhat legal. Well that was until Wednesday this week. Under the old rules, a loophole enabled operators under the influence to escape criminal prosecution.

• Mt. Seorak Cable Car Approved (Korea)

The controversial cable car plan for Mt Seorak was approved last week when 12 out of 20 committee voted in favour of the ropeway. The approved cable car at 3.5km is considerably smaller than the previous proposals which stood at 4.5-4.6km in length. Environmental groups have already announced their plans to take the state to court.

• Plans for Second Cable Car in Namsan (Seoul, Korea)

Staying in Korea, a new cable car has been proposed for Seoul’s Namsan Mountain. The peak is currently served by the existing 605m long Namsan Cable Car, which opened in 1962 and is the country’s first commercial cable car. The new plans call for a 888m long, 10-passenger gondola system with a connection between North Seoul Tower (top station) and Chungmuro subway stop (bottom station). If built, project proponents estimate the cable car will serve 10,000 passengers per day.






Weekly Roundup: Cruise Ship Gondolas Proposed in Cayman Islands

Cayman Island Cable Car. Image from Cayman27.com.ky.

• Cruise Ship Berthing Cable Car  (Cayman Islands)

The SkyBridge, a cable car linking cruise ship berths to the shore has been publicized in the Cayman Islands by James Whittaker, CEO and Founder of GreenTech Group. This is one of the most innovative ideas we’ve seen proposed as the cable cars enable the creation of a port without the damaging coral reefs in the harbour.

• Gondola Proponents Hoping 3rd Time’s the Charm  (Mount Seorakan, Korea)

A 3rd application to construct a 3.5km cable car connecting Geutchong Peak in Mount Seoraksan, one of Korea’s most popular attractions, has been submitted to the Ministry of Environment by Yangyang County Office. Environmentalists and locals are facing off once again with both sides arguing the pros and cons of the system. If approved, the $39 million cable car is expected to open for service in February 2018.

• Local Promotes Aspen-Snowmass Village Gondola (Aspen, Colorado)

A cable car concept connecting Aspen to Snowmass Village is being mooted right now by local officials. Local citizen, Toni Kronberg, is promoting the idea though similar proposals have been discussed since the 1970s. Toni hopes to continue advocating for the cable car at the Aspen Farmer’s Market.

• Update on Lagos Cable Car Project (Nigeria) 

Project proponents hope to launch the Lagos Cable Car project by 2018. Previous reports from August 2014 indicate that the proposed system will be 12km long and cost an estimated $500 million. No word whether plans have since changed.





Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Will Soon Reopen in Algiers

Téléphérique de Notre Dame d’Afrique. Image by Panoramio user Lolo CAIDAS.

• Téléphérique de Notre Dame d’Afrique (Algiers, Algeria)

Algiers has long been one of the capitals for urban cable cars with five systems currently operating in the city. Recently, news reports suggest that the 266m long cable car connecting Notre Dame d’Afrique to Bologhine will soon be back in service. While technicians have been working on fixing the ropeway for the last 3 months, no specific dates on its reopening have been released as of yet.

• More than just Transport (La Paz, Bolivia)

Like other South American urban ropeways, the Red Line in La Paz’s Mi Teleferico (“My Cable Car”) network will incorporate educational components to its aerial transport system. This week, the cable car signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education to install a virtual library at its Jach’a Qhathu station.

• Bolivia as travel destination 

Lately Bolivia has been growing in popularity as a travel destination. The country offers many unique attractions if you’re willing to head off the beaten track. These include its “Death Road”, unworldly terrain, vibrant culture and of course, it’s cable car systems in La Paz and Cochabamba.

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Weekly Roundup: Kuelap to Get a Cable Car

• Sister Site of Machu Picchu (Peru)

Kuélap, one of the most remote and inaccessible sister sites of Machu Picchu, will soon get a cable car. Construction of the system officially started this week. The cable car will take passengers from the city of Tingo Nuevo to Chachapoyas fortress and reduce travel times from two hours to 20 minutes!

• 10 Hour Wait, FREE! (Singapore) 

The word ‘free’ does strange things to people. Last week we mentioned that the Singapore Cable Car was offering complimentary rides to all permanent residents and Singaporeans as part of the country’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Turns out that this might have been too much of a good thing. Thrill seekers flooded the system and the cable car was quickly overwhelmed. By midday, operators warned passengers to stay home since the estimated wait time was up to 10 hours!

• Future of Gondolas As Transport in Telluride a Warm Potato (USA)

Elected officials in Telluride and Mountain Village, Colorado are having trouble coming to a consensus on public transit after 2027. They managed to agree that their gondola is indeed ‘regional transit’ but who who will own it after Mountain Village’s “legal obligations to operate and maintain it ends” in 2027 has been put off for awhile.

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Weekly Roundup: Lima to Get Two New Urban Gondolas by 2017

Cable cars announced in Lima, Peru. Image via elcomercio.pe.

Cable cars renderings (Lima, Peru). Image via elcomercio.pe.

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

Lima Announces Two Urban Gondolas (Peru)
President Ollanta Humala announced that the districts of El Agustino and San Juan de Lurigancho will receive two cable propelled transit systems by mid 2017. One system will travel east-west and connect the city’s northern BRT terminus (Naranjal) to San Carlos Metro station. Its 5-station alignment is expected to mobilize 7,500 nearby citizens, cost US$50.2 million and reduce travel times from 1-2 hours to just 25 minutes. The other urban ropeway will benefit 7,400 residents living near Catalina Huanca hill via 4 stations. Both cable car lines are expected to greatly improve transportation for some of the city’s poorest residents.

PICS: Table Mountain Cableway Maintenance (Cape Town, South Africa)
Ever wonder what it takes to maintain and upgrade a cable car system? In Cape Town, the technical crews have been hard at work to ensure that the iconic ropeway is operating at the highest safety standards. This year’s maintenance schedule includes general upkeep, a cabin facelift and a haul rope change. The system will be up and running again on August 10.

Asir Cable Car (Saudi Arabia) 
The 4-station Asir Cable Car transports leisure-seekers and vacationers between the Al-Sarat Mountains and Tihama Plains. The area is experiencing a boom in tourism and is now seeking international investors to build new cafes and foot outlets.

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