12
Jul

2017

Santiago Releases Urban Cable Car Tender

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Plazoleta Nueva Zelandia / Tobalaba Station at Costanera Center. Image from ciudadempresarial.cl.

Latin American cities continue to be at the forefront of building Cable Propelled Transit (CPT). Just this week, Chilean Public Works Minister Alberto Undurraga released tender details for a 3.2km urban gondola in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

The system, known as the Teleférico Bicentenario, will improve transportation connectivity between two business hubs located in the communes of Providencia and Huechuraba — currently separated by Cerro San Cristobal (hill). Three major nodes will have stations including Costanera Center, Cerro San Cristobal and Ciudad Empresarial.

Costanera Center is a major skyscraper complex that is home to not only South America’s tallest building (Gran Torre Santiago, 300m) but also to the continent’s largest mall (Mall Costanera Center). At this complex, a station will be located at Plazoleta Nueva Zelandia, 170m from the Tobalaba interchange station on Line 1 and Line 4 of the Santiago Metro.

Cerro San Cristobal Station (mid-station). Image from ciudadempresarial.cl.

Ciudad Empresarial Station. Image from ciudadempresarial.cl.

From Costanera Center, the cable car will travel northwest and make a stop at Parque Metropolitano before arriving at Ciudad Empresarial. Ciudad Empresarial is a business complex with more than 30,000 workers and 700 companies. With the new cable car, travel time between these two nodes will decrease by nearly 70% to 13 minutes.

The Teleférico Bicentenario will have 26 towers, 147 10-passenger cabins and headways of 12 seconds. The system will offer riders 17 hours of daily service, delivering up to 3,000 passengers per hour per direction. While a fare structure has not been finalized yet, a maximum ticket cost of US$0.90 (CLP 600) has been proposed. Proponents hope that the ropeway will be fare-integrated with the rest of Santiago’s public transit network.

According to online sources, the concept for the urban gondola was initially developed by the private sector seven years ago. The market will have until November 23 to respond to the US$80 million project before a 30-year concession is awarded on December 21. Afterwards, the winner will start detailed designs and engineering before the gondola is launched in 2022.

Santiago is no stranger to ropeway technology as the recreational gondola, Teleférico Metropolitano, has been part of the city’s infrastructure network since 1980 (rebuilt 2016). When the Teleférico Bicentenario opens, the Chilean capital will join the ranks of eight other Latin American cities who have already built CPT.



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08
Jul

2017

Photo of the Week: Queen Cable Car

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07
Jul

2017

System Dossier: Mexicable

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With a population of 21.2 million people, Mexico City is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world and one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Similar to many megalopolis’, the city faces incredible challenges when it comes to congestion. In fact, the Mexican Capital has been ranked as the world’s most congested city where residents spend an average of 2.5 hours each day commuting!

To improve transportation options for its residents, a 4.9 kilometre Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system was built in 2016 in the disadvantaged hillside community of Ecatepec de Morelos. The 7-station line, completed by LEITNER Ropeways, transports passengers from the isolated region of Sán Andres de la Cañada (located at the Sierra de Guadalupe mountain) to Via Morelos where commuters can connect to the Mexibús system.

The Monocable Detachable Gondola (MDG) system was financed through a combination of public and private sector funds with the federal and state government covering 40% of implementation costs. Thanks to the cable car, travel times have been reduced from 1-2 hours to just 17 minutes.



While Mexico’s first urban cable car has shaved countless hours off commute times, relieving transport congestion is not the only noticeable benefit of the system. Numerous socio-economic benefits such as increased tourism, a greater sense of inclusion, and enhanced passenger safety have all been reported by residents.

As one of the most dangerous municipalities in Mexico City, Ecatepec residents were often a victim of crime while taking public transit in the past. However, since the opening of the cable car, residents have reported being robbed less while feeling much safer onboard a secure gondola that is being constantly monitored by CCTV.

In addition, the cable car is electrically powered which significantly reduces COemissions. This advantage is particularly important in a city that is consumed by extreme levels of smog.



Lastly, the cable car has brought important progress to Ecatapec, one of the poorest regions in the city. Street lamps have been built, roads have been paved, and public spaces have been revamped. Over 50 street-art murals were painted along the cable car route, helping create a more scenic and memorable ride. Since opening, Mexicable has been a remarkable success and continues to attract approximately 20,000 riders per day.


Year opened 2016
Length (km) 4.9
Line Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Cabin Capacity 10
Stations 7
Fare 6 pesos (US$0.30)
Trip Time (minutes) 17


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05
Jul

2017

IGA Berlin 2017 Ropeway Celebrates One Million Riders

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The IGA 2017 Ropeway provides green, barrier-free and near silent transport across the 100+ hectares of event grounds. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

Berlin’s 2017 International Garden Show (IGA 2017) cable car has now transported more than one million passengers. This impressive milestone was reached in less than three months of operations after the system was inaugurated on April 13, 2017.

The 10-passenger monocable urban gondola, designed and operated by LEITNER Ropeways, is Berlin’s first aerial lift in 60 years. Since its opening, the system has been huge attraction for guests.

The 65 cabins (6 with transparent floors) on the gondola travels up to 30m above ground throughout the site from Kienbergpark to the “Gärten der Welt”. Tickets for the gondola ride is included as part of the IGA 2017 entrance fee.

Katharina Lohmann (managing director IGA) and Michael Tanzer (managing director Selibahn Berlin) surprises Claudia Blaurock (millionth passenger) with a IGA book, bobsleigh vouchers and flowers. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

A total of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction can be transported onboard the IGA 2017 cable car. Once the exhibition comes to a close on October 15, 2017, the ropeway will continue to operate. The system will function as part of Berlin’s local transport system and provide a direct 4.5 minute connection between the districts of Marzahn and Hellersdorf and the “Kienberg – Gärten der Welt” subway station.

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30
Jun

2017

South Korea Opens Urban Recreational Gondola — Busan Air Cruise

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After a 29 year absence, cable car technology has made a comeback to South Korea’s second largest city. East Asia’s newest urban recreational gondola was inaugurated last week on June 20 in Busan, South Korea. The city is a popular destination known for its laid back attitude, natural beauty and major events.

Coined as the Busan Air Cruise, the 66.5 billion won (US$58 million) Monocable Detachable Gondola system links Songdo Park (near Songdo Beach) to Amnam Park across Songdo Bay. The new 1.6km cable car is basically a modern version of a former 420m aerial tram which previously operated in the area between 1964 to 1988.

Unlike the old system, passengers are now taken to heights of up to 86m over four towers, two of which have been built in water. These in-water towers have deep foundations with enable it to withstand 7.0 magnitude earthquakes, tsunamis and strong winds.

Travelling above Songdo Bay. Image from Busan Air Cruise.

Guide map. Image from Busan Air Cruise.

The system operates 11-12 hours each day with a one-way journey time of 8.5 minutes. While the cable car is technically built with thirty-nine 10-passenger cabins, the operator has decided to maximize comfort by only fitting a maximum of eight passengers in each carrier.

Roundtrip ticket costs on regular cabins for adults and children are US$13.00 and US$9.50 respectively. However, ticket prices increase by US$3.50-4.50 per person for those who wish to ride one of the thirteen glass-floor cabins. During busy time periods, visitors can opt to pay two times the regular ticket price to bypass any queues. And for those who really want to ride in luxury, private cabins can be booked for US$175-210.

Aboard the Doppelmayr-built cable car, passengers enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Yeongdo coastline, Namhang Bridge and Amnam Park. At night, the system turns into a dazzling light show.


A number of supporting attractions are also connected to the cable car. These include Korea’s first cable car museum, an observatory deck, and a Sky Swing, and much more. Interestingly, Busan Air Cruise won’t be the country’s first water crossing gondola as that title belongs to the Yeosu Cable Car built in 2014.

With the return of ropeway technology to Busan, officials hope that further economic development can take place in the Songdo, and in turn, transform the area into a tourism mecca. An estimated two million passengers are expected to ride the cable car each year.



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27
Jun

2017

System Dossier: Teleférico da Providência (Providência Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Teleferico da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Flickr user Mídia NINJA.

Morro de Providência is a favela located just north of downtown Rio de Janeiro. This community is regarded as the city’s first favela (informal settlement) with beginnings that date back to 1897. Soldiers returning from the Canudos War decided to inhabit the area after the promise of homes by the government was left unfulfilled.

As the community is situated on a hillside, the neighbourhood’s topographical barriers have left residents with poor access to municipal services and has facilitated social exclusion. In an effort to improve conditions within Morro da Providência, the government invested R$163 million to integrate and “re-urbanize” Rio’s informal settlements into the city proper. These efforts were enacted as part of the program called Morar Carioca. The program sought to enhance quality of life through diverse actions that included sanitation and road reforms, housing construction, and transportation improvements.

Artwork from school children depicted on the cabins. Image by Flickr user Mídia NINJA.

Introduced to the neighbourhood in 2014, the Teleférico da Providência was the second Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system to open in Rio de Janeiro after the Teleférico do Alemão. The cable car, built by Doppelmayr, is a 721 meter-long MDG system that travels through Morro da Providência in just 5 minutes.

The cable car begins at the Estacio Central do Brasil (Rio’s central train station), and ascends the hillside to Americo Brum — located at the top of hill (situated 83 meters above sea level). This is the station where residents of the community get on and off the cable car. From there, the cable car descends into the district of Gamboa. Both terminal stations are strategically located next to higher order transit lines.

Whereas Gamboa station is situated next to Providência station on the VLT Carioca Line 1 (LRT), Central station connects riders to a diverse array of transport lines which include Metrô Rio (subway), Supervia (commuter rail) and a bus terminal. The cable car provides much-needed transit improvements to a formerly disconnected area which in the past was just serviced by uncoordinated fleets of moto taxis and mini-buses.

As part of efforts to build community, the cable car’s cabins feature artworks drawn by students from the local Francisco Benjamin Galloti Municipal school.

The cable car is operated by the Urban Development Company of the Region of Porto de Rio de Janeiro and serves 20,000 local residents. The Teleferico Da Providencia has made a profound impact on Providencia and demonstrates how ropeways can shape the routine and culture of a community by making life just a little bit simpler on a day-to-day basis.

 

Year Opened 2014
Length (km) 0.721
Stations 3
Capacity (pphpd) 1000
Trip Time (minutes) 5
Speed (m/s) 5
Fare (USD) $0.30

 

 

 

 



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23
Jun

2017

Photo of the Week: Cologne Cable Car (Kölner Seilbahn)

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