10
Jan

2020

Weekly Roundup: New Possibilities

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The Alaska Junction in West Seattle, Washington State, USA, is one of the sites that The Urbanist recommends the city of Seattle consider for an urban gondola.
Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Urban gondolas could be the complement Seattle needs for its new light rail, according to The Urbanist. The article cites that the minimal footprint and cost of a ropeway system compared to alternative modes of rapid transit, such as a subway or elevated line, make for a better last mile alternative.

Ajloun cable car in Jordan is expected to open in June of 2021. The 2.85 km system, designed to increase tourism, will be a monocable gondola with 8-person cabins. The line will have three stations and carry visitors to the Ajloun Castle. Construction and development near the stations will bring cafes, restaurants, a five-star hotel and other attractions.

Simon Frazer University’s new president is pushing for the Burnaby Mountain gondola. The system will connect the SFU campus to the SkyTrain station. Currently, three different alignments are being analyzed by TransLink. The gondola is estimated to cost $197 million and have a lower operating cost than the current bus service.

A new cable car project in Penang, Malaysia is expected to get underway by the end of 2020, carrying people from the Penang Botanic Garden to Penang Hill. Currently, visitors make the trip via a funicular or roadway. The funicular, which carries 100 people per trip, has proven unreliable and has considerable wait times due to limited space at the top of Penang Hill. A gondola spreads out the number of people arriving at the top at one time, as well as reduces wait times for getting up and down the hill.



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03
Jan

2020

Weekly Roundup: Starts and Stops

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The Walt Disney World Skyliner, in Orlando, Florida, experienced some malfunctions this week, causing some passengers to have prolonged stays inside the cabins.
  • The D’shala-McLeodhanj ropeway in India is expected to be up and running by June of 2020, helping to improve traffic congestion during the peak tourism season. The 1.75 km line will have the capacity to move 1,000 people per hour using a mono-cable detachable gondola system with 18-24 cabins. Construction of the system’s infrastructure is almost complete, and the installation of the ropeway system is expected to begin soon.
  • According to guests, the Walt Disney World Skyliner continues to have malfunctions. On December 29, visitors were stuck on the Skyliner for long enough that they were instructed to open the emergency kits in the cabin. The gondola doors are also causing issues, appearing to open, close, or stay closed at unintended times.  Despite the struggles, the Skyliner remains open, even extending hours to serve visitor demand.
  • Phuket, Thailand continues Sky Way cable car planning. With the success of the Phuket Quoc Cable Car, the integration of Sky Way system on the island is expected to further boost tourism. The currently proposed alignment will be 3 km with three stations and a great view of the city.


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27
Dec

2019

Weekly Roundup: A Successful 2019

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A promotional rendering of the Austrian Schlading-Dachstein ski resort new gondola system from 2018, that has now become reality.



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20
Dec

2019

Weekly Roundup: Checking Lists

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A view of the Phuket Quoc Cable Car in Vietnam, a system that made Thaiger’s top 10 things to do in Vietnam.
  • The Sea to Sky Gondola reached another milestone this month with the arrival of 30 new cabins. Located in British Columbia, Canada, in August of 2019 the system’s haul rope wires were deliberately cut by a vandal, causing the cabins to crash to the ground. Since then, crews have been working to re-establish the popular tourist attraction; the new haul rope has already been installed.  The gondola is estimated to reopen in the Spring of 2020 and include security system enhancements.
  • In India, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is working to reduce travel times between villages by replacing ferry rides with a new ropeway system. The aerial ropeway would directly connect to the Metro 2A line, providing important last mile connectivity. It was also noted the Mumbai Port Trust is planning construction of what would be India’s longest ropeway, intended to boost tourism. It would travel 8km in 14 minutes connecting Sewree to the Elephanta Island.


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13
Dec

2019

Weekly Roundup: Looking into the Future

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Hilton Niseko Village.
The gondola system at Niseko Village on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, may be in line for an upgrade should Sapporo City submit the winning bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito via Flickr, License
  • The Adivaram-Lakkidi cable car project in India is continuing its forward momentum. This major tourism project is planned to begin with around 50 cable cars, replacing the need to travel 23km of road with a 3.7km cable car ride. The total travel time is estimated to be 12 minutes.
  • After being down for a little more than a week, Steamboat Resort’s new $15 Million gondola reopened December 5. The fastest gondola in North America, the new system first opened November 23 but was shut down the next day due to a gearbox malfunction that occurred after-hours. The gondola has eight-person cabins and a quicker speed, increasing hourly passenger capacity by 38 percent.


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05
Dec

2019

Weekly Roundup: System Updates Required

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Whiteface Cloudsplitter gondola on left, Face Lift on right, Whiteface Lake Placid
The Cloudsplitter gondola in Lake Placid, New York as of January 2012. The 20-year-old system is getting a $2.4 million update.
Photo credit: Marco Metzler via Flickr, license


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27
Nov

2019

Happy Thanksgiving from The Gondola Project!

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We at The Gondola Project want to wish those who will be celebrating the holiday affectionately known as “Turkey Day” a festive and fun start to the holiday season.

Because it is a short week for many of us, there will be no Weekly Roundup posted on Friday, but you can look forward to those posts resuming promptly the following Friday, December 6th. Happy Thanksgiving!



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