Weekly Roundup



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.



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.



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.



Weekly Roundup: West Learns of Big Cable Car Project, Free Rides in Singapore

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

Western World Learns About La Paz Cable Car Phase 2 (Bolivia)
A 6-line, 20.3km, $450 million gondola investment would likely make headlines across the world if it was built in a “western” city. But it was only this week that our news media outlets finally considered this event to be newsworthy. Is it just a slow summer news week or are western media invincibly ignorant? You be the judge.

Free Rides on Singapore Cable Car (Singapore)
In just a few days (August 10 to be exact), the Lion City will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As part of the festivities, cable car operators are offering permanent residents and Singaporeans free rides from 9am to 9pm. No word yet on any perks for foreigners (or lions).

1 million tourists (Ba Na Hills, Vietnam)
The Vietnamese mountain resort of Ba Na Hills continues its growth and welcomes its millionth visitor this week. Last year, that millionth visitor didn’t arrive until November. The lucky 1 millionth winner receives a US$450 voucher which can be used on all services, including the record holding Ba Na Hills Cable Car.



Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Report Released in Geneva; K’Nex Challenge Aboard the Emirates Air Line

View from Le Salève down to Veyrier and surrounds communities around Lake Geneva. Image from Wikipedia.

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

Urban Cable Car for Geneva? (Switzerland)
Luc Barthassat, Switzerland’s Minister of Transport, commissioned a study in 2014 to analyze the possibility of an urban gondola in Geneva. Last Friday the report was finally released. While precise routes have yet to be determined, the study mentions a potential alignment connecting the municipality of Veyrier.

Emirates Air Line Teams Up With K’Nex (London, England)
K’Nex toys and London’s Emirates Air Line are joining forces next week to offer families a fun challenge aboard the cable car. Entrants will have 20 minutes (the round trip) to build a structure with K’Nex — something inspired by their trip over the Thames. Prizes include tickets for the cable car, an aviation experience and a tub of K’Nex. Participation is free but entrants must register by July 26.

Sinaia Gondola to Open in December (Prahova County, Romania)
The mountain resort town of Sinaia will have a new gondola come this December. The cable car will link the hotel Cota 1400 to the ski area of Cota 2000. The €7.5 million system will support tourism in the Sinaia area, which already attracts 150,000 tourists each year.



Weekly Roundup: Urban Cable Car in Samut Prakan & Snow Day in La Paz

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

Urban Cable Car Crossing Chao Phraya (Samut Prakan, Thailand)
A US$11.7 million cable car is being planned for Samut Prakan, the province 29km south of Bangkok. The cable car will connect to the old Phra Samut Chedi district and integrate with the extension of the Skytrain’s Green Line. Planners hope this gondola crossing the Chao Phraya river will bring the area more attention and attract tourists.

“S’no Problem” (La Paz, Bolivia)
Skeptics who question whether urban gondolas could operate even in snowy conditions are invited to view this video. Or just see above.

But Arthurs Seat Skylift Gondola Is a Problem (Australia)
Opponents of the Arthurs Seat Skylift are planning to bring up two matters to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). First, they are seeking to clarify the timing of the release of emergency management and bushfire plans, which we agree are critically important. Secondly, they will raise concerns regarding the colour of the gondola cabins. We like yellow.

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