Weekly Roundup

06
Mar

2015

Weekly Roundup: Agreement Signed for 6 More Urban Cable Cars in La Paz-El Alto



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

La Paz (Bolivia)
The delivery of a funicular connecting 17 de Obrajes station on the Linea Verde (Green Line) marks the completion of La Paz’s Phase 1 cable car plans. And without wasting anytime, Phase 2 agreements have been signed between the government and Doppelmayr for 6 more urban gondola systems! The total investment will be USD$450 million and the cable cars are scheduled to open by 2020.

Jerusalem Cable Car (Israel)
Reports indicate that government authorities will soon reveal their plans for a cable car connecting Jerusalem’s Old City. The $31 million system is meant to provide improved transport to the city’s 3 million tourists.

14th year anniversary (El Paso, Texas)
The Wyler Aerial Tramway in Franklin Mountain State park is set to celebrate its 14th birthday since it re-opened in 2001. The original system first began operations in 1960 and operated until 1986. Festivities will be held on Saturday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Utica Proposals (Utica, New York)
A concept for an urban gondola connecting Harbor Point to the city’s downtown has been raised by councillor Ed Bucciero. The councillor is pushing to have the idea considered by local officials for a more thorough analysis and discussion.

28
Feb

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Cable Car Tenders Released in Caribbean’s Largest City

Santo Domingo Skyline. Image from Wikipedia.

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

Metrocable Announced in Caribbean (Santo Domingo)
Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, has reportedly released tenders for a 5km, 4 station CPT line. This urban cable car will connect to the city’s Metro network and serve the residents living near the Ozama river. Once construction starts, officials estimate that the cable lift can be completed in 14 months.

Myanmar’s First Cable Car (Myanmar)
Progress is being made for what could be Myanmar’s first cable car. The proposed $20 million system links Mount Kyaiktiyo and a Buddhist pilgrimage site. This project is being spearheaded by the joint venture, SkyAsia, after it secured a 50 year build-operate-transfer contract from the government. Access to the top is currently limited to a ride on pickup trucks or a 4 hour hike.

Palm Springs Zip Line (California)
A proposal for a 550-foot zip line at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has sparked environmental concerns from several local groups.  They question how noise and additional traffic generated by this new attraction will impact animal species, particularly the bighorn sheep. Tramway officials say that they will work closely with the city and local groups to develop the appropriate solutions.

21
Feb

2015

Weekly Roundup: Bursa Gondola Reaches Milestone; Promotional Video for Fringe Hill Gondola

Bursa Gondola. Image from Leitner (all rights reserved).

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

Fringe Hill Gondola (New Zealand)
With the help of a little aerial drone, project proponents in Nelson, New Zealand have created an incredible promotional video for their proposed gondola system. The video, which took four months to make and has more than 1000 hits already, really captures what riders may experience one day. Other gondola proposals could definitely learn a few lessons from this video.

Tizi-Ouzou Téléphérique (Algeria)
The Tizi-Ouzou Cable Car has been hit with delays as oppositional locals and landowners have slowed down construction efforts. This cable car is located in the city’s north and is 6km long with 6 stations connecting a bus station (Bouhinoune) to a mausoleum (Sidi Belloua in Redjaouna).

Bursa Monocable Gondola (Turkey)
The Bursa Gondola, the world’s longest monocable system (9km; 139 cabins; 44 towers), has officially carried more than half a million passengers since it opened last year in June. Recently the third section of the lift opened for passenger service which allows riders to reach the Uludağ Mountain range in just 22 minutes. The mountains are popular for vacations and recreational activities.

13
Feb

2015

Weekly Roundup: Iraq and India Consider Cable Cars; and Some Pumped Way Up Kicks

The Vamps, kickin' it in a cable car. (Via YouTube.)

The Vamps, kickin’ it in a cable car. (Via YouTube.)

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

Operation Cable Car (Iraq)
The long-developing Army Canal project in Baghdad—which aims to both restore the 25km waterway and introduce entertainment and tourism elements to the Iraqi capital—may also include a ropeway. Reports indicate that the city is looking for bids to install a cable car, though details about possible route or ridership remain elusive.

Up Above Kolkata (India)
Clever headlines aside, it’s encouraging to see reports that the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in the state of West Bengal, India is looking at using a ropeway to connect Howrah station to Padmapukur. It looks as though the 4.5km-long system will will go out for tender soon.

Pop Zeitgeist (The Internet)
Earlier this week we were talking about publicity stunts staged in cable cars, and then lo and behold, British boy band The Vamps go and cover Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” while travelling in a cable car.

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.

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