Weekly Roundup

05
Feb

2015

Weekly Roundup: Numbers from Ngong Ping; Gondola Talk for Miami and D.C.

Key Bridge, Washington D.C. Image by Mariordo (Wiki commons).

Key Bridge, Washington D.C. Image by Mariordo (Wiki commons).

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

New Numbers from Ngong Ping (Hong Kong)
According to a recent release, Hong Kong’s combination cable car and tourist attractions brought in over 1.83 million visitors last year, for which the average number of daily guests increased by 10.9 per cent over 2013.

Suspended Spring Breakers? (Miami)
It may be little more than a notion as of yet, but gondolas came up as a potential transit option during a planning and zoning meeting of the City of Miami Commission. As part of the elusive dream of “connecting mainland Miami to Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, and Dinner Key,” water taxis and ropeways may soon be the focus of a transit study.

Cable Cars for the Capitol (USA)
Over at CityLab, Kriston Capps lays out an argument for a cable car line to the Georgetown neighbourhood in Washington, D.C. Capps says that even though the fancypants retail district is in desperate need of an improved transit link, a Metrorail station probably isn’t in the cards until 2040. He also quotes Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District on something that sounds familiar:

“For half the price [of a streetcar line], a gondola running down K Street could serve seven times the capacity. A gondola could deliver people at twice the speed at rush hour. It could be built in a fraction of the time.”

30
Jan

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Slumber Party; La Paz Expansion; Ancient Infrastructure

Converted cable car cabin at Courchevel. Image via Airbnb.

Converted cable car cabin at Courchevel. Image via Airbnb.

Cable Car Slumber Party! (France)
The internet was abuzz with news of an Airbnb contest where the winner and three guests get to stay overnight in a cable car cabin at the top of French ski resort Courchevel. Aside from showcasing just how roomy a cable car cabin can be, it looks like the pop-up hotel suite (pictured) will be a fairly luxurious place to stay. No word on who’s going to be making room service deliveries.

Pokhara Good to Go (Nepal)
After some early snags and a legal challenge, it looks like the city of Pokhara will be able to build a 1.5 km cable car from Phewa Lake to the World Peace Stupa at Pumdi Bhumdi. According to news sources, “the Supreme Court quashed petitions …. to scrap the bidding process with regard to developing Pokhara Cable-Car Project.”

Expanding Coverage in La Paz (Bolivia)
As we mentioned earlier this week, the Bolivian government announced that they were planning to expand the popular cable car system by another six lines. In a press conference, President Evo Morales said that the $450 million investment would result in 23 stations spread over more than 20 km of new cable transit.

CPTing it Old School (Georgia)
Slate took a fascinating (and slightly harrowing) look at the “rusty, creaking cable cars of Chiatura,” presumably, so we don’t have to.

23
Jan

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cheddar Gorge Update; Kuala Lumpur Restoration; Kloster’s Royal Cable Car Returns

Cable car at Klosters ski resort. Image via Klosters Concierge.

Cable car at Klosters ski resort. Image via Klosters Concierge.

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

Cheddar Gorge Update (UK)
The proposal for a cable car through Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, England has been in a sort of limbo for a few years. But according to the Somerset Mercury, a financial feasibility is due to be released in February.

Rebirth of a Cable Car? (Malaysia) 
The cable car serving Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was discontinued in the 1908s. Despite restoration efforts that began in 2012, it seems that Kuala Lumpur City Hall is still grappling with how to make the cable car a tourist attraction.

Re-Royaled Ski Lift (Switzerland)
Klosters ski resort in Switzerland, a longstanding favourite of the British royal family, has reinstated Prince Charles’ name on two cable cars. The label “Prince of Wales” was removed from its original place on one cable car to make room for sponsor advertising, but lobbying efforts resulted in a redoubled effort to acknowledge the future King of England.

16
Jan

2015

Weekly Roundup: New York Times Hearts Squamish; Rough Guides Features Sapa; Kedarnath Ropeway Update

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC. Image by Flickr user Stephen Rees.

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC. Image by Flickr user Stephen Rees. (Creative commons.)

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

If You Can Make It There… (Canada)
Squamish, B.C. made The New York Times’ list of must-visit places for 2015. Naturally, one of the main attractions highlighted by the Grey Lady is the city’s Sea to Sky gondola.

Longer! Higher! Easier! (Vietnam)
Also in tourism news, Rough Guides recently named the impending Sapa cable car to the peak of Mt. Fansipan in Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province as one of the Top 9 new tourist attractions to visit in 2015. The system, which is slated to open in September, will be the longest and highest in the world.

Ropeway Pilgrimage (India)
Despite earlier snags in the plan to link Kedarnath Temple with a last-mile ropeway, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat told a gathering of the Hoteliers Association that the project is a go. According to Hill Post, the 3.5 km ropeway would help provide access to the site, whose surrounding area was devastated by a flood in 2013.

09
Jan

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car to Kyaiktiyo, Congestion Relief in Banff, and One Nymphomaniac

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Myanmar.  (wikicommons)

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Myanmar. (wikicommons)

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

Ascending to Golden Rock (Myanmar)
One of the country’s most famous destinations, the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as the Golden Rock), will soon be accessible by cable car. The Myanmar Investment Commisson has green-lit a joint venture called Sky Asia Co. Ltd. to link the Buddhist pilgrimage site to a nearby camp via cable.

Banff gondola vs. traffic congestion (Canada)
Alberta’s popular tourist town already has a gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. But now the city is looking to utilize cable-car technology in order to alleviate traffic congestion created by the area’s many sightseeing attractions.

Look up in the sky. It’s…art! (US)
We often talk about the aesthetic possibilities of both cable cars and stations when it comes to advertising and beautification. Now, Sun Valley Resort in Idaho is using its gondolas for something of an aerial art show. The ski resort recently debuted its “Art Car”—a cabin wrapped in images by local artist Ralph Harris.

Stranger than fiction (US)
While it’s not really about cable cars per se, an upcoming musical production in San Francisco called The Cable Car Nymphomaniac certainly has an intriguing title and a pretty bizarre back story. (Thankfully, Lars von Trier is not connected to the project in any way.)

19
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car to Kuelap; Arthurs Seat Gondola Approval; Helicopters and Cable; Zipline Santa

 

Kuelap ruins in Peru. Image via Wiki Commons.

Kuelap ruins in Peru. Image via Wiki Commons.

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

 

Machu Picchu II (Peru)
Earlier this year, Peru announced plans to build a cable car to the Kuelap ruins, a mountain fortress built by the “Cloud People” around 500AD. Located in the northern part of the country,  the site has remained largely inaccessible to travellers. Anticipation for the cable car system, which is slated to open in 2016, was piqued once again with reports that Peru hopes to turn Kuelap into a “second Machu Picchu.”

Arthurs Seat Approval (Australia)
A tribunal in Victoria has finally green-lit the gondola project at Arthurs Seat, southwest of Melbourne. The new cable car system will replace the accident-plagued chairlift that once served the popular hiking and tourist destination — after a number of shut downs, the chairlift system was completely removed in 2013. The $18 million project is expected to attract some 159,000 riders per year.

Cable via Helicopter (Bolivia)
We’ve been following the construction and launch of the cable car transit system in La Paz, Bolivia, for some time now. But here’s a whole new angle to the story of how part of it was built: an interview with a member of the helicopter crew that hung all 4,000 metres of cable. (No word on whether they blasted “Ride of the Valkyries” while they were flying around with all that cable.)

Holiday Spirit (Brazil)
Tis the season… or something. Here are a few photos of Santa Claus zip-lining alongside the Sugarloaf cable car in Rio.

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12
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Update on Mexico’s First CPT Line; POMA Partners with Algeria; a DIY Ropeway in China

 

Illustration of Pomagalski's cable car for La Defense. Image via defense-92.fr.

Illustration of Pomagalski’s cable car for La Defense. Image via defense-92.fr.

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

  • Reports indicate that Mexico’s first urban cable car, the Teleférico de Ecatepec, is now 33% complete. The CPT line will be connected to Lines 2, 3 and 4 of the Mexibús and will help reduce travel times by nearly half an hour. It’s estimated that once it becomes operational by December 2015, it will benefit upwards of 300,000 residents.

 

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