A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:
Lima Announces Two Urban Gondolas (Peru)
President Ollanta Humala announced that the districts of El Agustino and San Juan de Lurigancho will receive two cable propelled transit systems by mid 2017. One system will travel east-west and connect the city’s northern BRT terminus (Naranjal) to San Carlos Metro station. Its 5-station alignment is expected to mobilize 7,500 nearby citizens, cost US$50.2 million and reduce travel times from 1-2 hours to just 25 minutes. The other urban ropeway will benefit 7,400 residents living near Catalina Huanca hill via 4 stations. Both cable car lines are expected to greatly improve transportation for some of the city’s poorest residents.
PICS: Table Mountain Cableway Maintenance (Cape Town, South Africa)
Ever wonder what it takes to maintain and upgrade a cable car system? In Cape Town, the technical crews have been hard at work to ensure that the iconic ropeway is operating at the highest safety standards. This year’s maintenance schedule includes general upkeep, a cabin facelift and a haul rope change. The system will be up and running again on August 10.
Asir Cable Car (Saudi Arabia)
The 4-station Asir Cable Car transports leisure-seekers and vacationers between the Al-Sarat Mountains and Tihama Plains. The area is experiencing a boom in tourism and is now seeking international investors to build new cafes and foot outlets.