Weekly Roundup

20
Sep

2019

Weekly Roundup: Reducing Car Congestion

The above pictured town of Banff, in Alberta, Canada, is experiencing congestion problems due to its proximity to the national park of the same name. Gondola and rail systems have been proposed to alleviate this issue.
Photo credit: Audree [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]


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13
Sep

2019

Weekly Roundup: Taking a Magnifying Glass to Proposed and Existing Systems

This journalist witnessed the live simulation Spokane Firefighters went through to practice rescuing people from a gondola system that extends over Spokane Falls.
  • In “Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City,” The New York Times takes an in depth look at the motivations, interests and objections of those both supporting and opposing a plan to build a cable car to the holiest site in the Jewish world, the Western Wall.  Recently approved by the Israeli government, the conflict in ideas extends far beyond the typical pros and cons over environmental benefits/harm, aesthesis, preservation, and tourist impacts, as the gondola passes over Palestine. Quoting the article, “The cable-car project is an example, illustrating how Israel wields architecture and urban planning to extend its authority in the occupied territories.” 
  • There is optimism the Sea to Sky gondola system will reopen Spring of 2020. The system’s cable was deliberately cut last month, completely disabling it when nearly all 30 cars fell to the ground. There are still no publicly identified suspects. Crews have been busy removing the damaged cabins and stabilizing the rope. New cabins are being manufactured and should arrive in late 2019 or early 2020.


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06
Sep

2019

Weekly Roundup: Environmental Impact

South Korea’s Ministry of Environment will soon decide whether they will allow the installation of a cable car system in the pictured Mount Seorak National Park.
  • A proposed cable car to one of the highest peaks of Mount Seorak in northeast South Korea has both supporters and opponents. The project has seen many design variations since its original conception back in 1995. Supporters of the project see it as a way to reduce foot traffic on eroding trails and boost local tourism. Opponents have environmental concerns and say the primary purpose for national parks should be for preservation, not tourism.
  • Decades of glacial retreat, and anticipated continued geological and glacial changes, has led to a new funifor design by Doppelmayr for the Falginjochbahn lift in Australia. Cabins are replacing two T bar drag lifts which could no longer by used due to retreating ice. The new design lets cabins runs closer to the ground than traditional designs and be less exposed to the wind, among other things.
  • “Here’s all this summer’s gondola gab” gets you caught up on recent activities related to constructing a urban transit gondola to Simon Fraser University (SFU), atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. The project is primary designed as an alternative to congested routes connecting to SFU. The article, from the student newspaper, The Peak, includes information on possible routes, construction, accessibility, costs, and safety. In an earlier article, the Gondola Project weighed in on why some people are resistant.


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30
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: Palm Springs gets an Aerial Upgrade

A viewpoint on the Palm Springs Aerial tramway in 1987. The system is getting a $13.3 million upgrade and renovation after more than 50 years of operation.
Photo by Alan Light via flickr.
  • The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and mountaintop station is planning a roughly $13.3 million upgrade and renovation after operating for more than 50 years. The two-and-one-half mile trip takes about ten minutes and delivers visitors more than 8,000 feet above the desert floor, where they enjoy trails, a state park, expansive views, a museum, restaurants and more. The largest rotating tram car in the world, the cars rotate slowly so passengers can see in all directions. Over 20 million visitors have enjoyed the tram since it’s opening in 1963.


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19
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: A Behind the Scenes Look at Gondola Maintenance

A look at the Table Mountain Cableway in Cape Town, South Africa. People can now get a closer look at how it is maintained. Photo by Christopher Griner via Flickr


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09
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: Caribbean Leaders Look Skyward for Tourist Transport

The Boiling Lake on the Caribbean island of Dominica, referred to by an opposition party leader as their nation’s “most prized natural asset,” could be made much more accessible to tourists with the proposed aerial tramway system. Photo credit: Bayukjdr via CC


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02
Aug

2019

Weekly Roundup: La Paz Gondola Network Moves Half A Million Passengers In One Day

A tweet from a Bolivian news source- the graph is titled “Passengers per line” and shows the amount of passengers using the La Paz gondola system on a record-breaking day.


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