LEITNER Ropeways 2015 Annual Report – Revolutionizing Urban Ropeway Transport

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LEITNER Ropeways has released its 2015 Annual Report.

In this stunning publication, the South Tyrolean manufacturer documents a total of 28 cable lifts spread across the world in 13 countries.

This year was noteworthy as at it marked the 15th anniversary of LEITNER’s unique drive solution — the Direct Drive. This system, which offers operators and passengers lower noise levels, greater efficiency and higher reliability, has been installed on another 15 systems in 2015 alone.

In addition, LEITNER has been able to add two impressive cable cars to its already diverse portfolio of urban gondolas. The MIOCable in Cali, Colombia and the final stage of the Yenimahalle-Sentepe cable car in Ankara, Turkey both became operational last year.



MIOCable opened in September 2015 in Colombia’s third most populous city, Cali, with great fanfare and celebrations. This cable car is the 6th urban cable car built by LEITNER and is the third Colombian city to introduce cable propelled transit.

The 120,000 residents of Siloé, a hilly and disadvantaged community, now have access to a fast and efficient urban transport system that is fully integrated with the local transit network.

Travel times have been reduced by 74%, from 35 minutes to just 9 minutes, thereby improving resident’s access to jobs, recreation and schools.

Yenimahalle Teleferik / Ankara Cable Car (Stage III)

Yenimahalle III

Known as Eurasia’s largest urban cable car, the final section of the Yenimahalle Teleferik opened for service in 2015. While the last leg of the system is 1.9km, the entire urban cable car is 3.2km in length with 4 stations.

The cable car offers passengers with great comfort and convenience as it is not only connected to the city’s metro but the cabins are designed with heated seats and a multimedia information system.

Upcoming Urban Transport Projects

Urban transport doesn’t just stop with the aerial lifts in Cali and Ankara. Already, four more urban-centric ropeways have been highlighted in the annual report. These include systems in Torreon (Mexico), Ecatepec (Mexico), Berlin (Germany) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Torreon, Mexico

Cristo de Las Noas. Image by LEITNER.

8-passenger gondola connecting Cristo de Las Noas, Latin America’s 3rd biggest Christ statue. Scheduled for completion in October 2016. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Berlin, Germany

IGA Berlin 2017 Cable Car Rendering. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

1.5km urban cable car will open for IGA Berlin 2017 and will be the city’s first cable car in 50 years. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Ecatepec, Mexico


First urban ropeway in Mexico. 10-passenger cabins, 3000 capacity system to open in 2016. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Regardless of the types of challenges you might encounter with your urban cable car project, LEITNER Ropeways will have the expertise and staff ready to help. For more information and to learn more, please click here.

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Urban Gondolas Take Centre Stage in American Media (Again)

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Bloomberg and Wall Street Journey explores the urban cable car industry.

Bloomberg and Wall Street Journey explores the urban cable car industry.

This past week, urban gondolas once again took the centre stage as two major US media outlets — Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal — each wrote a piece on the rapid growth of cable transport systems.

As more than a dozen proposals are now active in the US (from San Diego to Baton Rouge), city-builders from across the world are now starting to pay serious attention to ropeway technology.

There are many reasons why this is happening but it is due in part to the internet and the many successful urban gondolas now being built worldwide. Sooner or later, even the toughest anti-gondola cynics may have no choice but to hop onboard the cable car bandwagon.

For the doubters, they should understand that for most parts, ropeways are not here as some sort of “silver bullet” that solves all urban transport woes — rather, as we’ve discussed many times in the past, they are often designed as complementary transit modes to enhance existing transport lines.

However with that said, given the right context, cable transit can undoubtedly function as the backbone of a city’s entire rapid transit network.

For instance, look no further to the recent triumphs aboard the Mi Teleférico in La Paz-El Alto, Bolivia.

  • ~50 million passengers in ~2 years of operations
  • time savings of 652 million minutes
  • >100% farebox recovery

Transportation practitioners are often amazed at how the Bolivian city added 10km of cable cars in just 2 years time and is now scheduled to add another 7 lines!

The achievements made by cable technology in these few years in incredible to say the least. Six years ago, skeptics would have likely laughed a proponent out of a room when a gondola was proposed. Nowadays, ropeways are met with fascination and intrigue.

Given the speed of change in the urban transport industry, perhaps it won’t be too long before gondolas, like other transit technologies, are met with a casual shrug.




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Gore Mountain installs a new cable for the Northwoods Gondola

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Fatzer Proves That Cable Cars Deserve Tons More Respect

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One argument cynics like to use against urban gondolas is that they are for tourist purposes only and not a “legitimate” form of infrastructure robust enough to heft thousands of passengers to and fro, daily.

Phu Quoc - Hon Thom Track Ropes. Image by Fatzer.

Phu Quoc – Hon Thom Track Ropes. Image from Fatzer.

Well, Fatzer is currently producing a quiet counterargument of record-breaking proportions that’s hard to ignore. The world’s longest 3S cable car — ~8km long — is now under construction and scheduled to open in early 2017.

3S Alignment. Image from Doppelmayr.

3S gondola connecting Phú Quốc Hòn Thơm. Image from Doppelmayr.

This incredible aerial lift is located near the Gulf of Thailand and connects the tropical islands of Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in southern Vietnam. These islands with their sandy-white beaches were once isolated and impoverished but are now experiencing an injection of investment as the cable car will help complement the island’s plan to host 2-3 million visitors by 2020.

To accomplish the monumental ropeway project, Fatzer was chosen was as the cable manufacturer and produced six massive spools of rope.

Two 52mm haul cables at 8,282m each are now complete and weigh in at 94 tons per spool!

Equally (or even more impressive) was the manufacturing of four 58mm track cables which will be used to provide additional support for the cabins. Each track cable weighs 178 tons and is 8,275m in length!

These ropes will help propel and support the cable car’s seventy 30-person cabins. Assuming the average city bus can carry around 50 people, that’s the equivalent of 42 public transit buses in operation all at one time.

Phu Quoc - Hon Thom Track Ropes 2

Image from Fatzer.

In total, Fatzer produced 900 tons and close to 50km (31mi) of cold, hard cable! 

Comparatively speaking, that’s roughly the equivalent weight of about 180 elephants and the length of 500 soccer fields. If that isn’t impressive enough, several record-breaking bobbins measuring in at 4.4m x 4.6m were specially crafted to hold and transport the massive cables!

These steel track cables are designed with optical fibres in their core which enables them to transmit information between stations. Before being transported, all the cables were subjected to enormous safety testing onsite at Fatzer’s main plant in Switzerland.

With projects like the Gulf of Thailand Cable Car, Fatzer demonstrates that the future of the cable car industry is safe and in capable hands.

Click on the following links to learn more about Fatzer ropeway cables which include the Stabilo® rope and Performa rope.

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Doppelmayr’s Annual Report 2016 – Another Year of Innovations and Records

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Last month, Doppelmayr-Garaventa released its highly anticipated Annual Worldwide 2016 Report. Each year, the world’s largest ropeway manufacturer produces this impressive publication which documents the many incredible rope-driven installations built in the previous year.

Doppelmayr Annual Report 2016

Doppelmayr Annual Report 2016. Images from Doppelmayr.

The 158-page book is chock full of stunning photos and jaw-dropping facts for all 103 installations built in 2015. This makes the highly visual guide a light-hearted read for audiences of all backgrounds and ages.

While every year Doppelmayr continues to be at the forefront of ropeway innovation, the spectacular variety seen in the 2016 version is particularly memorable. As the technology continues to build its profile in cities, a few new ropeway systems may have key implications for urban settings.

30-TDG Fansipan Legend 

The Fansipan Legend in Northern Vietnam sets the world record for 3S/tricable detachable gondolas with the greatest elevation change (vertical rise) at 1251m. It provides visitors of all mobility levels the chance to experience the roof of Indochina. As 3S technology continues to mature and develop, it paves the way for even more impressive installations and opportunities in cities.

30-TDG Penkenbahn 

Penkenbahn 1

The brand new 3S Penkenbahn in Austria’s Mayrhofner Bergbahnen makes a 6.5 degree turn only on towers. Passengers are whisked up the side of Penken mountain in spacious cabins where they have access to ski and hiking terrain. The ability to make turns on towers without a mid-station means greater flexibility for cable cars to navigate complex urban built-form. This engineering marvel is unprecedented and showcases Doppelmayr’s committed to innovation.

6/8-CDG Riederalp–Blausee / 6/8-CDG Blausee–Moosfluh

6:8-CGD Riederalp–Blausee -- 6:8-CGD Blausee–Moosfluh (Realign)

The Riederalp-Blausse-Moosfluh combined lift in Switzerland is designed with the capability to realign stations and towers in both a vertical and horizontal direction. This unique design was necessary to accommodate shifting geological conditions as engineers predict that the glacier will move between 5-11m in the next 25 years. This system demonstrates the remarkable ingenuity of Doppelmayr’s designers to build cable lifts in the face of almost insurmountable odds.

10-MDG Kirchenkarbahn

10-MGD Kirchenkarbahn

Austria’s Kirchenkarbahn in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl becomes the first cable car built with Doppelmayr’s next-generation D-Line technology. Of the many new benefits, this innovative system offers lower noise levels, and greater maintenance friendliness. As urban systems place higher performance demands and requirements, the D-Line helps Doppelmayr cement its position as the world leader in ropeways.



Doppelmayr Annual Report 2016 (2)

Of course Doppelmayr’s installations span beyond the systems we’ve mentioned above and every system has its own special and unique story to tell.

For a full look at the company’s accomplishments, be sure to download and share a copy of their report. Click here.

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