08
Nov

2016

System Dossier: Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Image by Flickr user Alexander Savin

Over the last half century, Hong Kong has established itself as one of the world’s leading financial centers and is continually ranked as one of the best places to start a business. However, there is more to the city than just stocks and skyscrapers.

This dynamic and vibrant metropolis is a fusion of many cultures. Evidence of the city’s colonial roots is seen throughout – seamlessly mixed with Chinese tradition. From the exciting world-class shopping and cuisine to the scenic views of the city’s iconic skyline, it’s no surprise that Hong Kong is such a desired international destination.

Image by Flickr user Angiele Mae Opura

Adding to its appeal, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car was opened in 2006 and has been one of Hong Kong’s most popular excursions (attracts over 1.6 million riders annually). The Leitner-built Bicable Detachable Gondola (BDG), transports passengers from Tung Chung station to Ngong Ping Village located on Lantau Island.

Tourists and locals alike can easily access the cable car by taking the MTR’s Tung Chung Line – a rapid transit system – to Tung Chung. From the rail station, passengers can purchase a separate fare and board the cable car. For an additional cost, riders have the option of upgrading their experience by boarding one of the VIP “Crystal Cabins”, complete with glass floors.

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Image by Bridgette Lo

The initial portion of the cable car’s journey is a short crossing of Tung Chung Bay to Airport Island Angle Station – where the gondola makes a 60-degree turn. The gondola then proceeds to ascend over Tung Chung Bay again to Lantau Island where the gondola reaches its terminus station, Ngong Ping.

During this 25-minute journey, riders can enjoy panoramic views of the North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea, the Tung Chung Valley, the Tian Tan Buddha statue, Hong Kong International Airport, Nei Lak Shan, and surrounding terrain and waterways. At Ngong Ping Village, tourists can indulge in a variety of shopping and dining experiences. Of course, one must not forget to check out the international cable car gallery, which exhibits cable car replicas from all over the globe.

Length (km) 5.7
Stations 4 (2 boarding & 2 angle)
Year Opened 2006
Line Capacity (pphpd) 3500
Speed (m/s) 6.0
One-way Fare (HKD) 130 (Standard)

 

 

 

02
Nov

2016

Photo of the Week: Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Post by Gondola Project

This week we showcase the Emirates Air Line Cable Car, the United Kingdom’s first urban gondola.

Transportation For @rebels_united #transportation_ru

A photo posted by Teri Purcell, London (@teri.photos) on

24
Oct

2016

First Cabin Mounted on Santo Domingo Cable Car

Post by Nick Chu

A sneak peek at the first urban cable car in the Dominican Republic!


Notable stats and information (translated from Spanish):

  • Connects more than 30 districts and residential areas of three municipalities in the Greater Santo Domingo.
  • Capacity of 3,000 pphpd
  • Natural ventilation system to ensure greater airflow. Double roof for better heat insulation system , radio communication and outdoor lighting LED.
  • Cabins designed in blue, white and red, the colours of the Dominican flag.
  • Cabins support 800 kg load
  • Built to withstand winds up to 250 km / hr (Hurricane category 4). However, the system control automatically and safely adjusts cable car operations when it detects and measures wind speeds of 60 km/h.
20
Oct

2016

LEITNER Ropeways: Why Choose Urban Gondolas?

Post by Gondola Project


LEITNER Ropeways gives us 11 great reasons for choosing Cable Propelled Transit in an urban environment. Click on the video above to learn more.

We can think of lots more. What do you think?

19
Oct

2016

System Dossier: Mi Teleferico (La Paz-El Alto Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Image by Flickr user Inhabitat

The Bolivian city of La Paz provides a model as to how cable propelled transit can be incorporated successfully into an urban environment. The sprawling metro was subject to a highly inefficient transit system unable to handle growing user demand.

Additionally, the chaotic traffic on the roads produced harmful noise and air pollution. Working together, the federal and municipal governments found an effective solution to curtail this pressing issue.

The publicly financed La Paz-El Alto Cable Car, known as Mi Teleferico, has been a wild success. The Doppelmayr built system, completed in 2014, consists of 3 MDG (monocable detachable gondola) lines, which cover a total distance of 10km. Navigating the mountainous terrain, the service reduces travel time significantly between the two cities.

Image by Flickr user David Baggins.

Image by Flickr user Inhabitat

In the system’s first two years of operations, it transported an incredible 43.2 million passengers with a daily record of 162,000 riders. In the year of 2015, Mi Teleferico has generated a profit of $21 million.

The incredible popularity has led project planners to expand the number of lines by 7; increasing the length of the network by more than 20 km. Mi Teleferico demonstrates how gondola systems can be an effective way to improve transportation in a busy metropolis.



LineLength (km)StationTravel Time (min)Capacity (pphpd)Speed (m/s)
Red (Linea Roja)2.43103,0005
Yellow (Linea Amarilla)3.9413.53,0005
Green (Linea Verde)3.7416.63,0005

14
Oct

2016

Photo of the Week: Maokong Gondola

Post by Nick Chu

A 4.0km urban cable car located in the Taiwanese capital which transports riders throughout the mountainous recreation area of Maokong. Learn more here.

12
Oct

2016

System Dossier: Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Image by Flickr user Morgaine

The World Fair or Expo’ presents the opportunity for cities to develop and improve their national brand through their exhibitions. Cities see a large influx of tourists eager to see and learn about the country and what it has to offer. In 1992, the maritime city of Lisbon, Portugal was awarded to host the 1998 World Fair. The Parque das Nações (English: Nations’ Park) was selected as the site to display an innovative, modern perspective of historical Lisbon.

It’s theme of “The oceans: A heritage for the future” was conveyed through the development of an Oceanarium as well as the construction of both Vasco Da Gama Mall and Tower. The newly redesigned waterfront was ultimately completed by the construction of a gondola to connect the two venues.

Image by Flickr user Aapo Haapanen

The Telecabine Lisboa (Lisbon Cable Car) is a Doppelmayr built, MDG (monocable detachable gondola) system that leisurely glides over the Parque Nações. The cable car, which is not integrated within Lisbon’s public transit network, travels 1.2 km along the Tagus River connecting the Vasco Da Gama Tower in the north to the Oceanarium in the south.

During the Expo, the gondola provided an efficient means of transportation between the two attractions. Today, however, the cable car operates as its own complimentary attraction that presents both tourists and locals with panoramic views of the Parque Nações and surrounding areas. Though Expo ’98 is long over, the Telecabine Lisboa continues to provide visitors with a fun and memorable experience.



Length (km) 1.2
Stations 2
Year Opened 1998
Cabin Capacity 8 (reg)
Fare (euro) 3.95
Trip Time 8-12 minutes
Maximum speed (m/s) 4
Line Capacity (pphpd) 2,000










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