18
Nov

2017

Photo of the Week: Koblenz Cable Car

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16
Nov

2017

La Paz Releases New Transit Map

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In less than fours years, La Paz has completely transformed its public transportation network. Today, many readers may immediately recognize the city’s famous Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines but few may know much about its complementary system of buses (e.g. WaynaBus and LaPazBus).

Unfortunately, the true transport effects of this interconnected network was difficult to comprehend, especially for outsiders, since the city’s transit mapping had yet to fully keep up with the pace of development. That is, until now.

Metropolitan Public Transit Map La Paz El Alto. Image from Issuu.

Last week, the state agency, Mi Teleférico released a new schematic design of its metropolitan transportation network map — showcasing how riders can take full advantage of the linkages between cable car and bus. Taking inspiration from other big city transit maps, La Paz’s metropolitan transport system is now clearly laid out for all riders to see.

With this new map, there’s a lot of symbolism at play for both La Paz and CPT technology. The crisp modern map design not only heralds a new age of development and maturity for La Paz’s rapid transport network, but it also reinforces CPT’s ability to function as a reliable, safe and efficient mode of rapid transit.

As La Paz continues to modernize, it will an exciting time for readers as six more urban gondola line — totalling 16km and 19 stations — are scheduled to open in the upcoming years.



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14
Nov

2017

Meet Gondola Project’s Newest Sponsors – LST Ropeways and MND Group

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LST has built more than 600 ropeway systems worldwide since its founding in 1989.

The Gondola Project team is excited to have LST ropeways and MND Group on board as our newest Sponsor. LST specializes in the design and manufacturing of ropeway systems for passenger transportation in urban, ski, and touristic settings. Since becoming a member of the French industrial company MND Group in 2012, LST now has distribution subsidiaries in Austria, China, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and USA.

With over 600 installations in nearly 50 countries, LST is committed to developing and designing innovation solutions for improved urban and recreational mobility.

To learn more about LST’s products and services, please click here.

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13
Nov

2017

Construction Works Continue to Advance on Santo Domingo Cable Car

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Civil works appear to be nearing completion at one of the cable car’s four stations. Image from Listin Diario.

Since Santo Domingo broke ground on the Caribbean’s first urban cable car two years ago, locals have been patiently waiting for the system to open its doors for passenger service. Despite a few delays, construction works for the Santo Domingo Cable Car (Spanish: Teleférico de Santo Domingo) have been accelerated in recent times.

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Reports and photos from the Dominican Republic’s capital suggest that construction crews are labouring day and night in order to complete all civil, electromechanical and implementation works by year’s end.

Once finished, the cable car is expected to benefit up to 287,000 locals, of which 65% do not own a personal vehicle. The 4-station, 5km cable car will reduce commute times by 30 minutes and provide users with a direct connection to the Eduardo Brito Metro station at the Gualey terminal.


Opening Dec 2017
Length (km) 5
Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Speed (m/s) 5.0
Cabin capacity 10
Travel Time 20 mins


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10
Nov

2017

Premium Symphony 10 Cabin Presented by LEITNER ropeways

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Symphony 10 cabin. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

The new Symphony 10 cabin by LEITNER ropeways features the latest advancements in modern ropeway design and functionality. As the “little sister” of the Pininfarina-crafted 3S Symphony cabin, this redesigned 10-passenger carrier provides passengers with greater comfort and convenience thanks to a number of technical and structural enhancements.

Compared to the traditional Diamond Series cabins, the roof of the 10 Symphony features a wider design. As a result, there is a greater sense of spaciousness for users. In addition, larger seats and cabin dimensions provide riders with more legroom and individual seating space.

Windows stretching from the floor to the top ensure that passengers have better viewing opportunities throughout their entire ropeway journey. For clients hoping to pamper their guests, automotive-style leather seats can be added to enhance visitor experience.

Symphony 10 cabins. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

With the new sliding door design, this means that the mechanism will not disturb passengers while the doors open. Meanwhile, the wider entryway makes boarding and alighting easier than ever before. Passengers can experience the new 10 Symphony cabins in the upcoming winter season onboard the Piz Seteur gondola in Val Gardena, Italy. To learn more about LEITNER ropeways and the 10 Symphony, please click here.

Piz Seteur 10-passenger gondola. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

 

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06
Nov

2017

Gothenburg Cable Car Reveal Competition Designs

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Four final conceptual designs selected for Gothenburg Cable Car. Image from forlivochrorelse.se.

As part of Gothenburg’s 400th year anniversary celebrations in 2021, the city is working towards building Sweden’s first Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system. The proposal, first initiated in 2013, is envisioned to improve public transport access to four different station areas — Lindholmen, Västra Ramberget, Wieselgrensplatsen, and Järntorget.

This year in January, the City Planning Committee (Swedish: Byggnadsnämnd) gave its support for the proposal and by the end of this year, the city will complete its procurement for the project’s Technical Supplier. Before City Council makes a final financing decision on the cable car in 2019, several studies will be ongoing throughout 2017 and 2018. Included in this work program was an architectural competition where four final designs have now been presented to the public.

Urban gondola conceptual design by Group A. Image from forlivochrorelse.se.

Urban gondola designs by Group B. Image from forlivochrorelse.se.

Urban gondola designs by Group C. Image from forlivochrorelse.se.

Urban gondola designs by Group D. Image from forlivochrorelse.se.

Between now and December, residents have the opportunity to view the cable car designs in five different exhibitions throughout the city. Afterwards, the four proposals will be assessed by a panel of experts before the final winner of the competition is announced in February 2018. Until then, the teams behind each of the designs will remain a mystery.

All of the designs presented provide glimpses into how Gothenburg’s skyline may be altered in the near future. Compared to renderings of other urban cable car projects, the ones from Gothenburg are amongst the most creative and imaginative we’ve ever seen. Some seem to take their inspiration from existing urban gondolas such as the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn and the Emirates Air Line. Given the high quality submissions, judges will likely have a difficult time selecting the winner.

Based on our gut feeling at this time, we certainly have a feel for our favourite design. What about you? To see the complete collage of conceptual renderings, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 



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02
Nov

2017

Doppelmayr Showcases New Urban Gondolas in Oakland and Busan

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WIR Issue 3 2017. Image from Doppelmayr.

The world’s largest ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, has recently released its latest customer magazine, WIR Issue 3. The publication is one of the industry’s top magazines which tracks many of the latest developments happening in the world of cable cars.

In this year’s third edition, Doppelmayr documents not only the company’s commitment to quality, but showcases how urban gondolas are enhancing recreational and transportation opportunities for visitors in Oakland, Busan and London.

Busan Air Cruise. Image from Doppelmayr.

Busan Air Cruise

South Korea’s Daewon Plus collaborated with Doppelmayr to open the country’s first ropeway that travels directly over an ocean. Known as the Busan Air Cruise, the new D-Line cable car delivers passengers to Songdo Beach, one of Busan’s most popular landmarks. Thanks to Doppelmayr’s innovative Recovery Concept system, passenger safety is maximized. This safety mechanism features a series of redundant drive-line systems that ensures the cabins will return to a station in the event of a mechanical or electrical failure of the primary drive-line.

With a vertical rise of 54m, riders can enjoy scenic views of the sea and coastline. For an even more exciting trip, users can hop onboard one of the thirteen glass bottom cabins. During its first weekend, the gondola was met with great fanfare and transported 25,000 passengers! To complement a visitor’s overall experience, tourists can visit Songdo Doppelmayr World, the country’s first museum dedicated to ropeway technology.

Oakland Zoo Gondola. Image from Doppelmayr.

Oakland Zoo 

Doppelmayr USA was chosen to build the new 561m long gondola which leads to the Oakland Zoo’s 56-acre expansion site. The fully ADA-compliant system has level platform loading/unloading so users of all mobility levels can easily board a cabin to visit the new California Trail and hilltop restaurant.

With the gondola’s safari-style bar windows, visitors will have great viewing opportunities of native animal species which include grizzly bears, mountain lions and buffaloes. During inclement weather, a lightweight polycarbonate panel can be placed over the cabin’s bars to protect passengers from rain, wind and cold. Riders can enjoy ample comfort in the spacious Omega IV LIW tall cabins designed by CWA.

Emirates Air Line. Image from Doppelmayr.

Emirates Air Line

Since the Emirates Air Line cable car was inaugurated in June 2012, London’s first urban gondola has exceeded all user and operator expectations. The system has logged 26,500 operating hours and transported 8.5 million passengers with a 99.94% availability rate.

With these impressive results, not only has it surpassed all contractual obligations and industry benchmarks, it has made the cable car the most popular transport mode in the entire Transport for London (TfL) network. As a partner dedicated to safety and excellence, TfL renewed its trust and commitment towards Doppelmayr by renewing its operating contract for five more years.

More exciting developments, such as Doppelmayr’s new headquarters and ski lifts in Sweden, are discussed thoroughly in WIR Issue 3/2017. To learn more about these products and services, please click here.

 

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