Weekly Roundup

27
Mar

2020

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Success

Curve Mirror
Just like in this mirror, the Hakone Tozan Railway 25-year-old funicular cars are behind us, and a new set are now transporting passengers in Japan.
Photo credit: Saku Takakusaki, CC BY-ND 2.0, Title: “Curve Mirror”

Serbia’s Kopanoik Ski Resort is constructing a gondola connecting the villages of Brzece and Mali Karaman. The $24.4 million project was awarded to Leitner, which will work with a consortium of firms to complete the system. 

Hakone Tozan Railway replaced the funicular cars in their 1.2km line. The replacement trainsets for the 25-year-old vehicles have the capacity to hold up to 250 passengers.

The Hakkari Ski Center in Turkey has become a major ski resort in the region. The resort’s investment of $2.3 million for a new 1.2 km chairlift, along with other improvements, has increased their capacity for visitors.

Additionally, here is just one of many stories globally about a Gondola closing due to COIVD-19. The Emirates Airline Cable Car in London closed March 21st.



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20
Mar

2020

Weekly Roundup: New Lines in the Sky

A rendering of the future Indio Verdes Station in Mexico City’s Cablebús system. The system revealed plans to add 2 more lines on top of the already announced system build by 2021. Image from CDMX.
  • Dubai’s futuristic sky pod transportation project route has been revealed. The city’s Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) has provided the proposed route map as well as a virtual video of the sky pods in action. The sky pods will cover 50 km, traveling through 21 stations. This new form of transit anticipates having a capacity of 8,400 passengers per hour per direction.


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12
Mar

2020

Weekly Roundup: Vision & Construction

Nigg Bay, Scotland, is one suggested site for a cable car connection to several other sites in the city of Aberdeen. The hope is that it would increase tourism to the area.
Photo credit: Alan Jamieson / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Aberdeen, in the United Kingdom, has a vision for a cable car.  The aerial cable car – connecting the beach, Citadel and Nigg Bay — is being sought to revitalize these areas and the city in general.  Improvements to the harbor are anticipated to increase tourism on many fronts and attract cruise ships. Next step for the project is to secure funds for a feasibility study.

Construction has finished on a ropeway system in Guwahati, India. Trial runs also have been completed and the system is anticipated to start operating this April. The 1.82 km aerial tram has two cabins that can carry up to 33 passengers.

Ropeway technology evolving from mining trams to ski lifts. Ropeway systems have a long history and have evolved over the decades. This article looks at companies in Aspen, U.S.A., who shifted their production and design from creating mining trams to ski lifts.



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06
Mar

2020

Weekly Roundup: Celebrating with Ski Lifts

Gondola at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellog, Idaho
Silver Mountain, Idaho’s gondola, once the worlds longest, celebrates 30 years this year.
Photo Credit: Jeff Sandquist via Flickr, license
  • The Moose Bar XXL event used gondolas to entertain party guests. This two-day event in Belgium integrated five ski lift cable cars into the venue to give guests an exclusive panoramic view of the performance. Four of the gondolas were placed in the corners and flown up and down 6.5 meters. The fifth gondola was used to move performers to multiple stages. This gondola was able to move in multiple directions and elevations.
  • The Prague district in the Czech Republic is planning a new cable car. The cable car will create a convenient route between Podbaba (Prague 6) and Bohnice (Prague 8) districts reducing commutes by almost 30 minutes. The route will travel over the Vitava River through three stations; Podbaba, Zoo, and Krakov. The system is being designed for a base capacity of 2,000 passengers per hour (pph), with ability to increase to 4,000 pph during peak seasons.


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28
Feb

2020

Weekly Roundup: Futuristic Cable Cars

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has commissioned the development of a futuristic cable car.
Photo Credit: Challiyan / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
  • Dubai is moving forward with their high-speed cable car project. The city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and urban transport company Beem Car have come to an agreement to develop the futurist 15 km cable car. The pods will travel over public right-of-way through 21 stations.  A video, created to give viewers a glimpse at what this new mode of transit would be like, can be seen in this article.


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21
Feb

2020

Weekly Roundup: Contemplating Cable Cars in Florida, Canada, and Africa

Jasper Skytram 11
The Jasper SkyTram, in Jasper National Park of Canada, is due for a system upgrade.
Photo by Alan & Flora Botting via Flickr, license

Florida might be the next area for a boom in aerial gondolas. With the success of the Hard Rock Stadium gondola and the Disney Skyline gondola system, Commissioner Dennis Moss believes Miami’s transit can improve with short-haul gondolas. A consultant is recommending a gondola designed to travel 1.2 miles between two stations. The equipment and structure for the gondola are anticipated to cost $35 million to construct and $2.8 million for annual maintenance.

Africa’s Treasury seeks private funding for projects. The Treasury has signed a public private partnership (PPP) to construct the Likoni channel Aerial Cable Car, among a host of other projects. The cable car will be an alternative to the ferry crossing and will save money and time for riders. The manufacture, Doppelmayr, has designed the system to carry 5,500 passengers per direction per hour. The cable car was anticipated to start construction late in 2018, but due to land acquisition, pre-construction work, and funding have delayed the project.

Jasper SkyTram in Canada could be getting an upgrade after 56 years. The project is in its conceptual phase, but it is anticipated that the current aerial tramway will be replaced with a high-speed, detachable gondola. The gondola would be four times longer, run year-round, and move three times as many passengers per hour.



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14
Feb

2020

Weekly Roundup: Conservation and Cable Cars

The City of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured, will soon be connected with another popular tourist destination, Riviera Nayarit, via cable car.

The City of Everett in Massachusetts, USA submitted a $200 thousand grant application to conduct a feasibility study for an aerial tramway or gondola. The grant application was submitted to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The objective of the gondola is to provide public transit from the Assembly Orange Line Station to the Encore Casino, providing enhanced travel options for work and leisure. The study will include ridership analysis, conceptual alignments, station designs, required permits, and budget estimates.

The Lake Tahoe gondola is moving forward after conservationists dropped their lawsuit. The group agreed to do so in exchange for land purchases and other environmental protection measures. The gondola will span 3.5 km, connecting two ski resorts with a 16-minute trip.  For the gondola to be constructed the U.S. Forest Service’s will need to give their approval.

Two of Mexico’s popular tourist destinations, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, are being connected through construction of a panoramic cable car . The $9.33 million (USD) project will include 7 towers and is expected to take three years to complete. Five percent of the project’s budget is allocated for environmental care.

Doon-Mussoorie ropeway in India is expected to be one of the longest in the world. The 5.5 km system will connect Mussoorie, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, to the capital city of Dehradun, cutting down commutes by 10 to 15 minutes. The system will have 53 eight-person cabins with a total capacity of up to 1,200 people.

chair lift accident in the Stoos-Muotatal region of central Switzerland resulted in  four riders suffering serious injuries. The ongoing investigation has identified a stretched-out winch cable for a piste vehicle as the possible reason.



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