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01
May

2015

Weekly Roundup: 8km Gondola Proposed in France

3S Gondola proposal connecting Magland, Arâches-la-Frasse and Flaine (France).

Screenshot of route Map: araches-la-frasse.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:

3S Gondola in Magland<>Les Carroz<>Flaine (France)? 
A 8km, 5 station 3S gondola has been proposed to connect Magland’s TGV train station to the Flaine ski resort. Magland is a French commune of 3000 people, Les Carroz is a popular tourist destination in Arâches-la-Frasse, and Flaine is a renowned ski area. Estimates suggest that the system can be built at €85 million ($95 million USD).

Maokong Gondola Annual Maintenance
The Maokong Gondola in Taipei, Taiwan will undergo its annual maintenance starting next Monday. In total the system will be shut down for 2 weeks from May 4 to May 19, with service resuming on May 20.

Porsche Cabins
Motrolix visits Zell am See, the Austrian town that’s home to the Porsche Design Studio. They get a chance to tour the office and look into the inspirations behind their work — including the world’s only Porsche designed cabin on Schmittenhöhe mountain.

25
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Rio’s Providência Cable Car Set to Open (Again?) in May

Image by Flickr user Sebástian Freire.

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

Providência Cable Car (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
Residents of Rio de Janeiro can breathe a sign of relief, now that officials have announced the Teleférico da Providência will actually commence operations this May. The system will operate from 7am-7pm and is expected to transport 8000 passengers per day. The announcement came as something of a surprise since construction was completed in May 2013. What’s more, the cable car was reported to have opened for service last July!

Téléphérique Oued Koreiche-Bouzaréah (Algeria)
Since opening in September 2014, the Téléphérique Oued Koreiche-Bouzaréah in Algiers’ suburbs has been wholly embraced by locals. The 2.9km urban cable car now attracts 6,500 each day. That’s about 200,000 riders per month who didn’t have a ride a year ago.

Aerial Pods Planned Again in Israel
Last year, Skytrans announced plans to work with Tel Aviv. Now it appears that the company has partnered with the municipality of Herzliya to explore the feasibility of an aerial maglev. However, officials cautioned that the system is merely in the planning stages and has a long way to go.

17
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Penang Chief Minister Announces Urban Cable Car, Skycab

Penang Sky Cab.

Penang Sky Cab.

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

Penang Skycab
Plans for an urban gondola were announced this week in Penang, Malaysia. The 3km system — estimated to cost RM 250-300 million (USD$69-83 million) — will connect Penang Sentral, a future multimodal transport hub in the town of Butterworth, to George Town on Penang island. The island is already linked via ferry and road, but the cable car will provide an alternative and more comfortable form of transit for 1,000 persons per hour in each direction. Passengers are expected to be both tourists and commuters.

POMA’s Presence in Algeria
Algerian news agency, Reporters, interviewed POMA Director Jean Souchal regarding the ropeway manufacturer’s growing presence in Algeria. The country is Africa’s leader in urban cable cars with systems in Algiers, Blida, Constantine, Oran and Tlemcen. The Franco-Algerian partnership should pave the way for more urban gondolas.

Base-to-Base Gondola (Olympic Valley, California)
First there was the world-famous Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler, BC. Now, a Base-to-Base Gondola is being developed to connect the iconic mountains of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The 1400-capacity gondola hopes to improve skiers’ experience and reduce vehicular traffic between the sites.

10
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Zoo Gondola Mooted in Halle, Germany

 

View from Bergzoo’s observation tower (Halle, Germany). Image by Flickr user Manu.

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

Urban Zoo Cable Car Concept (Halle, Germany)
Halle, a city of 230,000 in the Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state, invited three ropeway manufacturers to further examine its cable car concept. Plans are preliminary, but the proposal seeks to improve access and rider experience to Bergzoo, the city’s zoological garden on its picturesque Reilsberg Hill.

Winter Resorts Attract Summer Visitors
Ski resorts are no longer closing their doors for summer. Many US ski areas now offer loads of outdoor activities from hiking, ziplining and rope courses to gondola rides, encouraging year-round visits.

Algerian City to Get a Cable Car?
Jijel, a city of 130,000 residents in the Algeria’s northeast, may soon have its own urban cable car. A study is underway for a 1.4km system connecting the city of Ayouf to Ville a la Maison de la Culture.

05
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Proposals in Southeast Asia

 

Suvarnabhumi Airport. Image by Flickr user David McKelvey.

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

Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)
The world’s largest manufacturer of ropeways, Doppelmayr, is following several cable car opportunities in Thailand. Among the five projects, Suvarnabhumi Airport is planning to construct an APM system to facilitate passenger movement as the airport undergoes its second-phase expansion plans. Five companies are believed to to be competing for the Bt2.89 billion ($89 million) contract.

Cable Car Cancelled (Lima, Peru)
The proposed cable car going up Cerro San Cristobal has been cancelled. Project proponents have filed a lawsuit against the municipality and appear to be seeking $6 million in indemnification. The company was originally awarded a 30 year concession for the cable car back in 2008.

Sơn Đoòng Cave (Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam)
After a cable car proposal was announced in the world’s largest cave, environmentalists quickly denounced the plans. However, officials say that the proposal would not see a gondola travel in the cave, rather the 11km system will terminate 300-600m from the cave entrance. The province attracted 2.75 million visitors in 2014, two times more than the previous year.

27
Mar

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Cars Proposed in Cardiff (UK) and Morges (Switzerland); Interconnect Gondola Approved

Cardiff Bay. Image by Flickr user Ed Webster.


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

£100 Million Proposal (Cardiff, UK) 
Cardiff Business Council, the city’s investment arm, wants to start a feasibility study on a £100 million (US$150 million) urban cable car which connects the CBD, the bay area, and the town of Penarth. Project proponents believe the system will serve a dual purpose by transporting tourists and commuters alike. The envisioned cable car is 5 miles in length with a capacity of 2,500.

Switzerland’s First Urban Cable Car
Morges, a small Swiss town is expected to grow by 15,000 – 18,000 persons/jobs by 2030. As part of its regional transportation study, an urban gondola linking Longeraie, future neighbourhood of En Molliau, and a train station is being explored. The study is expected to be complete by spring 2016.

Interconnect Gondola Approved (Park City, Utah)
Vail Resorts is on its way to becoming the biggest ski destination in the USA after City Hall approves the Interconnect Gondola. This 1.4 mile (2.3km) ropeway will connect Park City Mountain Resort to Canyons Resort. In approximately 7 months time, the system is expected to be fully operational when ski reason kicks off again in November. The gondola is the centrepiece of Vail’s $50 million package of proposed improvements. 

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20
Mar

2015

Weekly Roundup: Singapore’s Second Urban Cable Car to Open in May

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island. Image by Flickr user Christine Schindler.


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

Intra-Island Cable Car (Singapore)
One of Singapore’s biggest tourist destinations, Sentosa, is marking the country’s jubilee celebrations with free entry for all visitors entering via the Broadwalk. As part of the festivities, perhaps one of the most anticipated events is the scheduled opening of Singapore’s second urban gondola — the Intra-Island Cable Car — in May. The new system will improve transport options for the growing number of island visitors by linking Imbiah Lookout to Siloso Park.

Proposed Cable Car for Madhugiri (India) 
Asia’s second largest monolith, the Madhugiri, may one day be connected by a cable car after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah mooted the idea during the Budget. At 1200m in height, this geological feature is already visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Proponents believe a cable car can create jobs and enhance tourism opportunities. 

Computer Glitch (British Columbia, Canada)
Riders were stuck onboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride last Friday night after a computer glitch. After 40 years of trouble-free operations, it seems that the malfunction was related to a recent $6.8 million upgrade to the system’s electronics.

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