13
Apr

2015

System Dossier: Do Svidan’ya to Traffic Hassles

Post by Nick Chu

Nizhny Novgorod Cable Car. Image by Flickr user Sergey Yeliseev.

Say hello to the only known urban transit gondola in Russia and goodbye to Nizhny Novgorod’s commuting woes. This monocable detachable gondola crosses Europe’s longest river – the Volga – and connects the city of Nizhny Novgorod to the town of Bor.

This aerial transport system saves travellers to these areas from using the congested roads. Travel times have been truncated from 90 minutes to just 12, distances from 27km by highway to only 3.6km in the cable car!

The system was designed to transport commuters, but quickly turned into a popular ride for visitors, boosting local tourism. At only 80 rubles ($1.50 USD), the cable car is a very cost-effective transport solution for commuters and tourists, offering a unique bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape.

The system carries about 2 million passengers per year and is most notable for its 861m long span between two 82m tall towers.

 

System Statistics:

Length (km) 3.6
Stations 2
Year Opened 2012
Capacity 1000
Ridership (yearly) 2,000,000
Trip Time 12-15 minutes
Maximum Speed (m/s) 5

 

10
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Urban Zoo Gondola Mooted in Halle, Germany

Post by Nick Chu

 

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.

09
Apr

2015

Photo of the Week: Linea Amarilla (Mi Teleferico)

Post by Nick Chu

Image by Flickr user eduardorudas.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user eduardorudas.

About:
At 3.9km in length, Línea Amarilla (Yellow Line) is the longest urban cable car line on La Paz-El Alto’s gondola network (Mi Teleférico). This four station system has a capacity of 3,000 pphpd and is integrated with Línea Verde (Green Line).

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.

08
Apr

2015

Interalpin Comes to Innsbruck, April 15th – 17th

Post by Steven Dale

Interalpin-2015

 

Every second year, the Interalpin tradeshow exhibits the latest and finest alpine and ski technology. Naturally, cable car manufacturers enjoy a dominant presence and this April is no exception.

Visit the Doppelmayr team at stall A09 in hall A. See the extensive range of the entire Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group’s many products and services. Learn more.

See Fatzer’s new splicing technology, TRUsplice, and complete rope range, including Full Locked, Stranded Winch and Telecom: hall A, stall A17. Learn more.

See the latest Leitner innovations at stall 05/06 in hall D. Be there at noon on Wednesday, April 15, when they unveil their fully redesigned 3S cabin. Learn more.

07
Apr

2015

Stuck in Traffic: Meet the Newest Member of the Team

Post by Steven Bochenek

Hello, I’m the second Steven to join the Gondola Project but, for the sake of ease, I go by Steve. A writer by trade, I have several specialties, one of which is automobile journalism. Indeed I am an accredited member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and was even voted the runner-up Journalist of the Year in 2014.

I currently reside in Europe but until recently lived in downtown Toronto, Canada. It’s safe to say that when most people in the world think about Canada, if they do at all, they picture a vast empty land with boundless vistas. Or they envision clean orderly towns, peopled by more polite versions of Americans driving empty roads. The reality for nearly all Canadians though is gridlocked city life, with aggressively rude drivers. This is especially the case for Torontonians. Depending on your source, Toronto’s traffic and commuting woes have been called worse than New York, LA and even Barcelona’s.

It was through my struggles as a city-bound auto journalist that I happened upon the Gondola Project. As an auto writer, part of my duties were to test drive a given car for a week, then write about the experience. Usually that entailed sitting, frustrated, in the car, unable to get where I wanted.

I began to separate my reportage from other auto journalists by discussing the reality of urban driving. It’s a far cry from the idealized photos and road stories we all see in our local paper’s autos section.

City driving is a mess. It chokes our cities’ economies while choking our children and boiling our blood pressure in frustration. What’s the point of having 350hp and massive torque delivery if pedestrians are passing you? The situation is not going to get better. Over half the world now lives in cities. The days of a quick drive from the suburbs on un-crowded public highways are over. What’s a driver to do? This became a regular theme in my stories.

Then, two years ago, I looked up. Overhead all was clear. Then I looked up the Gondola Project. I was an instant convert.

What a revelation for urban life to make cable cars commuter vessels! The infrastructure costs are a fraction of underground or even over–ground rail; the build time too.

Then there are the salubrious benefits. The power costs for operation are infinitesimal. So it’s better for the environment, but it’s also good for individuals. Imagine! Instead of descending into the bowels of the earth for your daily commute or sitting grumpily in your car and having to continually challenge other motorists for every inch, you could be lifted up, up, up and over the heads of everyone, enjoying the views and zero traffic tie-ups. Cable car technology literally and figuratively makes urban transport an uplifting experience. I look forward to writing more about it.

05
Apr

2015

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car Proposals in Southeast Asia

Post by Nick Chu

 

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.

02
Apr

2015

Photo of the Week: Blast from the Past – Singapore Cable Car

Post by Nick Chu

Singapore Cable Car. Image by Flickr user thintruman.

Photographer:
Photo by Flickr user thintruman.

About:
The Singapore Cable Car is one of the world’s most unique urban gondolas. As the former chairman of the system, Soo Kok Leng, puts it, “What’s so special about the ride? It is the only cable car in the world that leaves from a hill, goes over a stretch of forest, over a highway, through an office building, over a cruise centre, over the water and onto a resort island!”.

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.

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