Weekly Roundup

15
May

2020

Weekly Roundup: Moving Forward

The Trebevic Cable Car in Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of many cable-propelled systems to have reopened with new rules to keep people healthy.
Photo credit: MarinaSimic / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)
  • The Icy Strait Point project in Alaska continues to move forward during the pandemic. The project includes a second dock, wilderness landing, transporter gondola, and mountaintop gondola. Targeting cruise ship passengers, the attraction is expected to open in 2020, though the number of cruise ships that will come to port this year is uncertain. The president of the Icy Strait Point attraction remains optimistic, even though it may mean having to wait until 2021 for cruise ships to arrive.


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07
May

2020

Weekly Roundup: Improving the Quality of Life

The Metrocable in Medellin, Colombia is widely observed to have improved the city’s quality of life.
Photo by Omar Uran, via Flickr, license

Medellin’s Metrocable in Colombia, named the world’s top transportation system eight years ago, has improved the city’s standard of living. Since the cable car network was installed there has been a reduction in crime, violence, and opportunity inequalities. The cable cars are also a top attraction for tourists, with panoramic views of the city available for approximately a dollar.

The Dubrovnik cable car in Croatia has had four-legged visitors during its closure. The cable car is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special bovine visitors are trespassing to overlook Dubrovnik.

Pittsburg’s Duquesne Incline is acting as a moving billboard to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The incline reminds residents to wear face masks and stop COVID-19. Another sign, usually displayed during football season, reads “deeee fense” as the two incline cars pass each other.

 Universal in Florida is considering similar strides for transportation as Walt Disney World’s Skyliner to connect their parks. A recent patent published by Universal presented their idea of connecting Universal parks and potentially to Universal Orlando Resort Hotels. The patent includes images of the gondolas and a station.

Tatry Mountain Resort in Europe has reopened their cable cars. The cars were shut down March 13 due to COVD-19, but are now open to hikers. The number of passengers allowed per car has been reduced and all passengers must wear a mask.



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01
May

2020

Weekly Roundup: The Gondola Industry Embraces Pandemic Relief Efforts

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A video put together by Thredbo Resort detailing their work on the 1.3km Merritts Gondola.

A cabin from The Silver Bullet, the first eight-person gondola ever built, is being auctioned off May 1. The Steamboat Resort in Colorado earlier retired the Silver Bullet and auctioned off all the original cars. The Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation is donating for auction the retired gondola it acquired, to support nonprofit organizations stretched because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 1.3 km Merritts Gondola in Australia is on track to complete construction by end of May 2020. The 45 towers and top station are completed and Doppelmayr is currently working on installing the haul rope. Next steps include placing the eight-person gondola cabins on the line and running test operations, allowing it to be operational by the start of Australia’s winter on June 1.

The Obudu Ranch Resort in Nigeria repaired its cable car with government help. The governor of Cross River is committed to reviving the mountain resort. Improvements to the cable car, facilities, and power are almost complete, in anticipation of returning the resort to one of Nigeria’s finest tourism destinations.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram in California joins the “Light It Blue” campaign. The tramway’s mountain station has been lit blue in tribute to health care workers. The blue light will continue to shine for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Simon Fraser University students share their preference for Gondola alignment. Of the three routes being evaluated, the majority of students and campus community members favored the first alignment. The first route is a 2.7 km straight line connection. It will remove less trees than other options but would travel over a housing development. Other alternatives avoid homes but require more clearing of trees. The decision on the ultimate alignment will include considerations related to environmental issues, disruptions to nearby residences, safety, and cost.



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24
Apr

2020

Weekly Roundup: Cable-Propelled Systems are Still Noteworthy, Even Years After Construction

The historic 1902 Wellington Cable Car is still in use today and considered a must see attraction in Wellington, New Zealand.
Photo by Sean Hamlin via flickr, license
  • A cable car in Prague, Czech Republic, will begin operation in 2023. The system will allow passengers to cross the Vltava River, traveling between Podbaba Station, the zoo, and Krakov. Currently, this route is only possible via a ferry that operates only during the Summer months. The construction cost for the 2.24 km line is estimated to be between $39 to $59 million (USD). The 3S system will have 17 cabins with the capacity to hold 35 people. The total travel time will be 7 minutes.


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17
Apr

2020

Weekly Roundup: Construction, Cable Cars, and Bears, Oh My!

A view of Queenstown, New Zealand. Current plans to build a conference center, gondola and hotels are still moving forward despite the world-wide pandemic’s effect on tourism.


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10
Apr

2020

Weekly Roundup: Upgrades, Postponements, and a Water Park

The Agassiz Lift at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort is getting an upgrade. The pictured system was installed in 1986.
  • Arizona Snowbowl is upgrading their ski lift during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ski resort has received all required permits and is moving forward in replacing the Agassiz three-person chairlift, installed in 1986, with a system that combines detachable chairs interspersed with gondolas. The new left will have the option of six or eight-person chairs. The resort plans to have a “farewell tour” and send-off party for the Agassiz Lift.


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03
Apr

2020

Weekly Roundup: On Hold, but Still Dreaming

The view from Cypress Lookout in West Vancouver, Canada. A housing developer is proposing an aerial tram to the lookout.
Photo Credit: Ian Spence / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)


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