02
Oct

2020

Weekly Roundup: A Bus, but also a Cable Car?

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The start-up company Upbus in Germany is shopping a bus/cable car hybrid concept as the latest transportation solution.


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25
Sep

2020

Weekly Roundup: Linking Locations

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One of the renderings of the proposed gondola to Dodgers stadium from LA ART’s website.
  • Renderings of the proposed gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium have been released. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit (LA ART) are working together on the proposed gondola that will be able to transport 5,500 people per hour per direction with a total travel time of about 7 minutes. LA ART is expecting the environmental review and approvals to be completed by 2022, allowing construction to begin as early as 2025 and be operational for the 2028 Summer Olympics. SCJ Alliance is part of this project.
  • Route 1 for the Burnaby Mountain Gondola in Canada appears to be the preferred alignment option. Simon Fraser Student Society published a report that stated 84% of Simon Fraser University (SFU) students preferred Route 1. Route 1 is a 2.7 km alignment with a direct connection from Production Way to the SFU campus. TransLink will be submitting their final report with the official route option to the Burnaby Council and the Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation later this year. See the previous Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance is part of this project.


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18
Sep

2020

Weekly Roundup: Focusing on Health and Safety

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The Table Mountain cable car in Cape Town, South Africa reopened this week with strict health and safety protocols in place.
  • Colorado’s ski resorts are preparing for a winter season during coronavirus. Ski towns were hotspots for Colorado’s COVID-19 outbreak earlier in 2020, motivating resorts to create plans for customer and employee health. Local health departments and ski resort owners are working together to create a uniform approach, but with each resort taking different measures for controlling visitor numbers.



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11
Sep

2020

Weekly Roundup: Canadian Cable Car History

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Canada’s Jasper SkyTram history is showcased this week.


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03
Sep

2020

Weekly Roundup: Requests for Public Input

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Los Angeles is contemplating routes to take tourists to the Hollywood sign via Gondola.
  • TransLink is seeking public feedback for three route options for the Burnaby Mountain Gondola in Canada. All three routes have similar ridership potential because the travel times are substantially more competitive to the existing bus service. The routes are all slightly different, but all connect the rail system to the SFU campus. The gondola is designed to be a 3S and will have the capacity to move at least 3,000 people per hour per direction (pphpd). The Gondola Project has been following the project for a while now. Read more of our coverage here.  SCJ Alliance joined the project team earlier this year.


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28
Aug

2020

Weekly Roundup: Relieving Traffic Tension

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This bridge over the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India can take travelers an hour or more. A cable-car has now opened to relieve travelers of that burden.
  • India’s longest river ropeway system has opened. The 1.8 km aerial tramway takes approximately 8 minutes to cross the Brahmaputra River. Other travel options are by ferry, which takes half an hour or more, or via a roadway bridge which takes more than an hour during traffic. The transit improvement over the river is expected to boost tourism in North Guwahati.
  • Wings of Tatev in Armenia has free rides for children. Wings of Tatev is the world’s longest reversible aerial tramway and is offering a special deal for school children and kids from orphanages until September 15. Children can get free access and build extraordinary memories of stunning landscapes and panoramic views, as well as the 9th century Tatev Monastery Complex, one Armenia’s most famous religious, cultural and enlightenment centers.  


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21
Aug

2020

Weekly Roundup: A Greener, Quieter, Gondola

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The signpost points towards Thredbo, Australia, whose resort gondola was highlighted this week for being environmentally friendly.
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  • The Sugarloaf Cable Car in Brazil has reopened. In order to reopen, the Sugarloaf Mountain has reduced capacity and requires visitors to wear face masks while following social distancing regulations. As more tourist attractions begin to reopen, Brazil has begun to place new safety measures for these popular sites.


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