Weekly Roundup

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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07
Feb

2020

Weekly Roundup: Cities Embrace Multiple Cable Car Systems

In San Miguelito, Panama, there are plans to begin construction of a Metrocable system this year that will connect to the existing metro stations, like the one pictured.
Photo Credit: Valenciano [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
  • Korea’s first cable car tourist attractions are no longer a must see. Tongyeong City and South Gyeongsang built the first cable cars in the county, both boasting ocean views. By 2018 cable cars were being installed almost yearly in locations throughout the nation, decreasing ridership for the initial two systems. The cable car boom is expected to continue, as well as its impact on ridership for the earlier cable cars.


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31
Jan

2020

Weekly Roundup: A Funicular Upgrade and a Super Bowl Sight

The Penn Incline, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, pictured here in 1889, was in operation from 1884 to 1953. Pittsburgh’s Mayor is suggesting a gondola system could be a modern day mode of transport between the Slip and Hill districts where this funicular once stood.
  • The Zagreb cable car in Croatia is expected to open in June. After waiting 13 year, the tram will finally be open for Zagreb residents. In addition to system equipment, the stations are designed to include parking garages and offices. This new cable car comes with the price tag of $135 million.


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24
Jan

2020

Weekly Roundup: Taking the Environment Seriously

A view from Ba Den Mountain in Vietnam, which opened 2 new cable car lines and the largest cable car station in the world this week.
Photo by Châu Thông Phan from Pexels

Skyline Queenstown gondola in New Zealand is clearing a path for additional safety. As part of a multimillion-dollar upgrade, Skyline is clearing Douglas firs near the gondola. The work has been paused, to make sure there is no risk to park or gondola users, after a tree fell into the adjoining Kiwi Birdlife Park. The incident is being investigated to determine how the tree came down and if it was related to the forestry work being done.

Ba Den cable car in Vietnam opened with two new lines and the largest cable car station in the world. The $86.5 million MDG system designed by Doppelmayr, can transport 4,400 people per hour at a speed of 8 meters per second. The first line travels 1.85 km connecting the foot of the Ba Den Mountain to the mountain’s peak, taking 8 minutes rather than the4 hours required if hiking. The second line travels 1.21 km in 5 minutes connecting the foot of Ba Den Mountain to the foot of Ba Den Pagoda Mountain.

Futurist thinkers of all ages see the value of aerial transportation. A group of fifth and sixth graders from New Jersey, known as the “Bot Squad”, participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition challenged these students to think of environmentally friendly transportation options. The Bot Squad created a conceptual plan for a cable car in their city of Closter, powered by solar and wind power.

Supporters of the proposed Edmonton gondola expect it to have high ridership, but councilors are skeptical. In a feasibility study presented to the council 637,000 customers are anticipated in the first year. Edmonton residents have been expressing their concern to the press with letters against the proposal. Public outreach is the next phase for the implementation of the project. Further information about the project advancements will come January 28 when councilors discuss the gondola.

Sapanca cable car in Turkey begins pouring concrete. After permitting being initially delayed, the project is continuing to move forward, while locals continue to protest the system. 



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17
Jan

2020

Weekly Roundup: Speedy System Openings

Sea to Sky Gondola
The Sea to Sky Gondola will re-open ahead of schedule next month. Here it is in operation in 2015.
Photo Credit: GoToVan on Flickr, license
  • The Bhaleydhunga passenger ropeway in India is expected to be open by October 2020. The project started in November 2014 and was originally anticipated to be completed in 36 months. The three-year delay was due to forest clearance, harsh weather conditions, and a limited power source. The ropeway will have three stations and will take 12 to 16 minutes to travel the 2,000 meters in elevation between the lower and upper stations.
  • The Likoni Cable Express project in Kenya has been canceled by local senators. The construction of the project was approved in August 2018 with construction set to begin in 2019. However, land disputes between transportation agencies delayed construction and during that time government officials reconsidered the project and pulled back from the public-private partnership.


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