15
Dec

2021

LEINTER’S LATEST PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCES THE PERFECT MIX FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY WITH CONNX

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LEITNER is leading the way in sustainable transportation. They designed a hybrid solution which combines aerial ropeway transportation, and ground autonomous driverless transportation. ConnX is a system where cabins can be on the ropeway transportation and have a seamless transition onto a set ground route. This allows the cabin to proceed with ground travel without being manually operated. 

Photo courtesy of LEITNER

While ropeways allow for transportation over virtually any obstacle, this is not always a realistic option for urban areas. ConnX provides a convenient, efficient, reliable, and more affordable solution. This system also has a short construction period and reduces noise emissions with it’s electric mobility. With the overall ease, affordability, and efficiency of this system, ConnX is a lead in the market to continue making ropeway transportation more appealing for public transportation in urban areas.

For a full press release visit LEITNER’s page here.

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10
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Out with the Old, In with the New

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Cape Smokey Provincial Park, Canada, seen here in the summer months, is the site of the only gondola in Atlantic Canada.
Photo credit: LPeezy, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Leitner has released a prototype of the Connx, a cable car that turns into a minibus. The Connx is intended to be highly flexible and high tech, with the cabin able to convert between being an aerial cable car and a self-driving vehicle.  The objective of this new technology is to have an alternative solution for topographical or structural obstacles. Check out Leinter’s latest press release here.


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03
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Tourism Boosts

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Mt. Lovcen National Park in Montenegro will be getting a gondola system that connects it to the coastal town of Kotor.
Photo credit: Milica Buha, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • The construction of the Bandipur cable car in India is 95% complete. The project was projected to be completed two months ago but was delayed due to Covid. It is now expected to take another year to finish. The project also includes a 15-story queen tower and hotel with a wax museum, planetarium, artificial haunted house, conference hall, and pool.


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19
Nov

2021

Weekly Roundup: Solving a Kansas/Missouri Problem

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Kansas City, split into two states by the pictured river, has a plan to connect the two sides with a cable car.
  • Local officials are planning a two-mile cable car to connect the two Kansas Cities, one in the state of Missouri and one in the state of Kansas. The project appears to be spearheaded by a senior government official in Wyandotte County. A preliminary concept study to link the two downtowns, which are separated by the Missouri River, was produced a year ago and has been quietly soliciting comments. The cable car would connect somewhere between Case Park/Quality Hill on the Missouri side to an area near St. John’s Park/Strawberry Hill in Kansas.
  • Georgia’s Soviet-era cable cars in Chiatura are finally getting an upgrade. Earlier this year four of Chiatura’s cable cars were renovated and modernized while some were preserved as national heritage monuments.  Seventeen lines of cable cars were built in 1954 to move miners. Productivity increased with the cable cars which were also known as the “metal coffins.” In 1991, Chiatura became a ghost town and most cable cars were retired in 2016.


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12
Nov

2021

Weekly Roundup: Kenya Connected

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A map showing a view of Mombasa island, Kenya from a satellite
A satellite image of Mombasa Island, Kenya, where a cable car is one step closer to connecting the island to the country’s South coast.
Photo credit: NASA via Wikimedia Commons, license
  • A third-party study confirmed the Edmonton urban gondola project’s business model is commercially viable. When Prairie Sky, the company behind the project, presented the model to the community, many questioned the numbers. As part of the due diligence process, a third-party firm was hired to do an analysis of the plan. The analysis was positive but to get the project built Prairie Sky still needs city approval for real estate negotiations and rezoning, which includes public and Indigenous consultation. Current estimates are for the gondola to open in 2025. See a related Weekly Roundup here. SCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.


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05
Nov

2021

Weekly Roundup: A Ropeway Saves 3,500 Steps

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Prior to the installation of a ropeway system, the only way in and out of Nongtraw Village, India, was this 3,500 step stairway.
Photo credit: Zizira, image linked to their site
  • A new ropeway system in Nongtraw Village, India opened. The project was launched by the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) to help farmers transport their agricultural produce, livestock, and other materials. Prior to the ropeway system the only way in and out of Nongtraw was a 3,500 step stairway. The community also recently received the Best 2021 Sustainability Publication award by Hallbars and the Alfred Nobel Museum.


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29
Oct

2021

Weekly Roundup: Gondolas Gain Support

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The Guatemala City, Guatemala metropolitan area anticipates a new 8.9km cable car system following congressional approval.
Photo credit: Rudy Cano, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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