Weekly Roundup

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.

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.

 

05
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Green Line (Linea Verde) Opens in La Paz; CPT Proposed for Paris’ business district


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

28
Nov

2014

Weekly Roundup: La Paz’s Green Line (Bolivia) set to open; an urban gondola proposal for Munich

Green Line (Linea Verde). Image from Cambio.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:

  • A full report has been released addressing the February 2014 incident at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC, where an empty car fell during high winds. New operational procedures were implemented immediately to ensure maximum safety. The system has been running trouble free since opening in May of this year.
21
Nov

2014

Weekly Roundup: BART to OAK airport connection opens; Poma wins Oruro (Bolivia) cable-car tender

BART to OAK opens this Saturday! Image from Bart.gov.

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

  • The Algerian government is embarking on a joint venture involving its transit divisions, EMA (Entreprise du métro d’Alger) and ETUSA (Entreprise de transport urbain et suburbain d’Alger), and French company Poma. The enterprise aims to have local workers acquire manufacturing and maintenance skills from Poma’s experts. According to the article, in 2009, the government promised up to €500 million over five years to renovate and construct urban cable car systems.
14
Nov

2014

Weekly Roundup: Chile Announces Three Urban Cable Cars for Valparaiso, Antofagasta and Iquique

 

Antofagasta Teleferico Proposal. Image from Gob.cl.

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

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