Weekly Roundup

10
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: La Paz Welcomes Pope; Germany to Build Tallest Cable Car Tower

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

Pope in La Paz (Bolivia)
The entire country of Bolivia welcomes the Holy Father as he tours the country. To ensure security, it seems that the entire Red Line was closed for passenger transport for 10 minutes as his motorcade passed by underneath. *Correction, July 20, 2015: due to language barriers, we earlier reported that he rode the cable car which seems to be incorrect.

Germany’s Highest Peak Gets Cable Car (Bavaria, Germany)
By 2017, a 120 person cable car will connect Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany with an elevation of 2962m. The system will be 4.5km in length and have a capacity of 700 persons/hour. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that it will have just one record setting tower at 127m in height. The current record for the tallest cable car tower belongs to the Austrian cable car Gletscherbahn Kaprun at 113m.

Base to Base Gondola Update (Olympic Valley, California)
The Base to Base Gondola proposal was announced back in April 2015. Now project proponents have uploaded a new video asking for more community support. If built, the cable car will connect the two ski resorts of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

03
Jul

2015

Weekly Roundup: Prefab Wooden Cable Car Station; Paris and Kolkata May Study Urban Ropeway

Prefab Wooden Summit Station. Image from Treehugger.

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

Cable Car Proposed to Solve Last Mile Problem at Large Railway Stations (Paris, France)
It’s only a 1km between Paris’s Gare de Lyon (90,000,000 annual passengers) and the Gare d’Austerlitz (30,000,000 annual passengers) two of the metropolis’s biggest train stations — about a 10-minute walk. But if you’re hurrying between stations in summer, hauling a heavy suitcase, that’s a very long 10 minutes. So city councillor Jean-Bernard Bros of the RPG has called for a cable car study. Station to station, this system would cross the Seine River and over Charles de Gaulle Bridge.

Kolkata to See Aerial Ropeway Transit? (Kolkata, India)
Think your local traffic is bad? No wonder a local Indian ropeway manufacturer is working on a proposal with officials for an aerial ropeway in two sectors of Kolkata: Sealdah to the BBD Bagh area and Howrah to the new state secretariat at Nabanna. The system will travel at speeds of 12.5km, have 8-10 person cabins with an hourly capacity of 2,000-2,500 and cost Rs 20 crore per km (~USD$3 million).

Prefab Wooden Cable Car Summit Station (Toggenburg, Switzerland)
The construction of a wooden summit station was complete after its cable car helped haul 3,600 tons of materials over 1,200 trips. Built to respect local traditions and designs, the new facility was installed to further develop culture-based tourism in the region.

26
Jun

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Cable Car Proposals in San Diego, Amsterdam and Taiping

 

Illustration of San Diego Skyway.

Illustration of San Diego Skyway.

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

Study Complete in San Diego (San Diego, California)
The study for a 2-mile (3.2km) urban gondola from San Diego Bay to Balboa Park is now complete. Estimates predict costs of $65-75 million and annual ridership of up to 1.1 million. The complete ride on the 4-station line would take about 12 minutes. Officials agreed to study the project more, focusing on design, engineering, environmental and regulatory issues.

Bukit Larut Plans to Proceed (Taiping, Malaysia)
Bukit Larut (aka Maxwell Hill) may soon get its cable car. The Perak Government is proceeding with plans for a 3.5km, RM65 million (US$17.3 million) cable car, an idea first raised 1997. Opponents’ concerns about environmental impact and financial sustainability were trumped. The cable car will have less impact than a new road, and the Taiping Zoo already receives 650,000 visitors annually.

Amsterdam Cable Car (The Netherlands)
Amsterdam is seriously considering a cable car connection Amsterdam-Noord and the city centre. As Noord has grown in recent years, so has ferry usage across the IJ River. Some believe a cable car could improve cross–river transport.

Daredevil Flies into Cable Car (Chamonix, France)
Arnaud Longobardi, a speedflyer, pulled off an almost impossible feat. He launched himself off the side of a mountain, gliding at speeds of up to 80kph, before this perfect landing in a moving cable car.

19
Jun

2015

Weekly Roundup: Designs Unveiled for White Line in La Paz

 

Scale model of Línea Blanca. Image from miteleferico.bo.

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

Designs for White Line (Línea Blanca) Unveiled (La Paz, Bolivia)
The 5-station White Line is planned to connect the south and north of La Paz. Not only will the project improve transportation options for locals, 200 trees will be planted along Busch Avenue. Civilized as that sounds, perhaps the most interesting aspect of this project is that Plaza Villarroel Station is an underground terminal! One of the only underground gondola stations in the world, is it taking cues from its subway counterparts?

Intra-Island Cableway Opens (Singapore)
Visitors to Sentosa, one of Singapore’s largest tourist destinations, can now conveniently travel around the island on an aerial cable car. However, this is not to be confused with the Singapore Cable Car, which transports riders from Mount Faber to Sentosa but does not provide transport within the island. Nor are the 2 systems connected. The new 3-station system is 880m and takes passengers on a ride 80m above ground. Many riders have already commended the system for its high quality experience.

Emirates Air Lines Belongs on Tube Map (London, UK)
Does the Emirates Air Lines cable car deserve a place on what some argue is the world’s most prominent and well-recognized transit map? Some think it should be removed but as Citymetric reporter Peter Apps explains, there are many good reasons why it should stay.

12
Jun

2015

Weekly Roundup: Support for Sydney’s Urban Cable Car

 

Barangaroo. Sydney, Australia. Image by Wikipedia user Joshua Favaloro.

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

Harbour Cable Car (Sydney, Australia)
Sydney may soon see a cable car transporting users across the Bays Precinct and connecting Rozelle Bay to Barangaroo. Business leaders are supporting a 5 station, 3.4km urban gondola which is envisioned to enhance connectivity throughout the precinct. The area in study currently suffers from poor transit service despite its proximity to the CBD.

Cable Car Plans Delayed (Vietnam)
The world’s biggest cave, Sơn Đoòng, may not see a cable car until 2030 as the government has put a stop to all construction activities. Officials, including the mayor, promised to keep the cave in its natural state. Original plans for a 11km system were announced back in October last year to the dismay of many environmentalists.

Most Innovative City (Medellin, Colombia)
Medellin continues to capture the hearts of city builders around the world. As many observer’s already know, the city’s urban transformation was accomplished through smart and innovative investments in libraries, plazas, parks and much more. However, as explained by the mayor, it’s urban cable car network, the Metrocable, remains one of its most prized pieces of infrastructure.

29
May

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Gondola Phase Two Begins 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:

$450 Million Phase 2 Breaks Ground (La Paz, Bolivia)
Faster than you can say Teleferico La Paz-El Alto, the second phase of the already largest network of urban transit gondolas has started. Last week, Line Blue broke ground while civil works for the Orange Line and White Line began yesterday. In total, phase 2 will comprise 6 new cable car lines and extend the existing network by 20.3km!

Slums as a Cultural Product (Rio, Brazil)
Former no-go zones for tourists, favelas (the Brazilian Portuguese for slums), are becoming cultural products. According to a recent doctoral thesis, modern visitors to Rio de Janeiro still visit Sugar Loaf and Corcovado but are increasingly interested in local lifestyles. The urban cable car in the Complexo do Alemao favela makes visiting favelas easier. Promoters have demonstrated flashy creativity, even naming one tour, “Route Map of the Prince” after Prince Harry’s visit in 2012.

Artic Town Plans Cable Car (Kiruna, Sweden)
News reports suggest that a town in Northern Sweden, Kiruna, will completely relocate itself to make room for a mine expansion. As part of the $375 million development project, a 11km (7 mile) cable car system is in the works. With winter temperatures dropping to -30 degrees Celsius, it’s a good thing that cable cars were designed for ski resorts!

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22
May

2015

Weekly Roundup: Yenimahalle-Şentepe Cable Car Opens in Ankara, Turkey

Image by Flickr user sinan5806.

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

Yenimahalle – Şentepe Teleferik (Ankara, Turkey)
We received news last year that Ankara’s urban cable car had begun operations in March 2014. But reports this week suggest that the 3.2km system opened on May 20. If Google Translate is accurate, perhaps this was a phased opening. If you know what is actually happening on the ground (or just a few metres up) we’d love to hear from you.

email: gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com

Buffalo SkyLine (USA)
CUP was in the Queen City this week to give an overview of urban gondola systems. The presentation served as a primer for an Outer Harbour gondola proposal by local group, Citizens for Regional Transit and 21st Century Park. A cable car system offers several advantages. For instance, it could be built at a fraction of the cost of a lift bridge but without impeding marine traffic. We think it would look beautiful too.

Mi Teleferico Annual Maintenance (La Paz, Bolivia)
It’s hard to believe La Paz’s Red Line has been operating for almost a year now. As part of the annual maintenance requirements, the system will be closed from May 25 to May 29. Next, the Green Line services will close for maintenance, June 1 to June 5. While these procedures may inconvenience commuters, they’re necessary to ensure maximum safety and reliability.

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