31
Aug

2016

Mexicable Murals: Mexico’s First Urban Cable Car

Post by Gondola Project

The city of Ecaptepec (pop: 1.7 million), located 25km northeast of Mexico City, will soon be home to one of the world’s most visually spectacular urban gondola systems.

The ropeway, known as the Mexicable, has hired 70+ local and international designers to create colour displays of artwork along the 5km cable car route.

Murales espectaculares en la ruta del #Mexicable #Ecatepec

A photo posted by Mario Vázquez (@mvazquez) on



This urban art project, known as The Street is Yours (Spanish: Ecatepec La calle es tuya), hopes the newly painted public murals will build pride amongst locals and help them reclaim the streets from violence that has historically plagued the community.

The formation of this “Cultural Corridor” is also intended to attract more businesses and tourists to the area, thereby generating more economic activity.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, there is a good chance Mexicables has taken its inspiration from the Medellin Metrocables where crime was dramatically reduced after major public investments were made in the disadvantaged barrios.

While it’s too early to tell if the cable cars and artwork will bring about long-lasting positive changes to Ecatepec, the Mexicables will undoubtably be a fascinating story to follow for those interested in urban issues.

The ~US$25 million (MXN 500 million) system is scheduled to open to the public in October 2016 and expected to benefit up to 300,000 residents.

#mexicable A photo posted by Fernando Zicodelico (@fernandozicode) on

 

Crawling King Snake #painting #ropeways #mexicable #ecatepunk #apofismediaeverywhere A photo posted by Jorge Estrada (@apofis_media) on



For more photos, check out this Instagram feed, or visit the art project’s official page.

24
Aug

2016

Video of the Week: Teleférico da Providência

Post by Gondola Project

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Hop onboard the Teleférico da Providência for a 360 degree aerial journey through Rio’s oldest favela!

Click here or image above to view video.

23
Aug

2016

Glitzy 6-Turn VIP Gondola Opens in Macau

Post by Gondola Project

Macau, the former Portuguese colony and current undisputed gambling mecca of the world, has just added another jewel to its crown.

The $4.2 billion Wynn Palace luxury resort and casino officially opened its doors to customers yesterday. Alongside the grand inauguration ceremony, guests were invited to a journey onboard SkyCab — the casino’s very own MDG system.

Typically cable cars can’t turn corners without a mid-station, but this system is able to make a total of 6 turns with 2 stations because it operates in an unidirectional configuration. As we’ve discussed before with the Kolmarden Wildlife gondola in Sweden, the basic rule of turning without intermediary stations is this: Cabins can only flow in one direction and all turns must be either to the left (in the event of a clockwise traffic flow) or right (in the even of a counter-clockwise traffic flow).

Aside from its unique operating characteristics, the gondola was undoubtedly designed with opulence and glitz in mind to match its environment. Two of the system’s towers were built in the form of a golden dragon while the cabins were all equipped with a custom audio system and air conditioning. Despite the advances made in ropeway technology, air conditioned cabins are still uncommon.

Operators from other cable lifts are excited about this development and have already travelled to Macau to learn from the SkyCab to better understand how air conditioning could impact user experience.     

1 of Dave’s dragons 🐲 #wynnpalace #proudwife A photo posted by Ashley- wife and mama x2 (@teamconway4) on

 

Based on the reactions so far from netizens, it seems like the Doppelmayr-built cable car has been a huge hit despite its short length (~650m).

 

#wynnpalace A video posted by Nicole Hoi (@nicoleklhoi) on



As you can see in the resort map below, the gondola is located at the west end of the resort and transports passengers around the spectacular light and water shows seen in Performance Lake.

Map. Image from Wynn Palace.

Map. Image from Wynn Palace.

And although the system is purely a recreational system, transit enthusiasts will be happy to learn that the gondola system is designed for integration with the the city’s upcoming People Mover system (Macau LRT) — currently scheduled to open in 2019/2020.

While Macau isn’t known for its ropeways, the SkyCab is actually not the City’s first cable car. That title belongs to the Guia Cable (1997) which is designed to transport visitors up Guia Hill.

18
Aug

2016

Photo of the Week: Sugarloaf Cable Car

Post by Gondola Project

16
Aug

2016

Awana Skyway: Malaysia’s Newest Ropeway

Post by Nick Chu

The Awana Skyway, built by Leitner Ropeways, is Malaysia’s latest cable car. The 2.8km aerial system, is one of the two gondolas that provide passengers with direct transportation to Genting Highlands.

Awana Skyway. Image by RWGentings.com

Awana Skyway. Image from Resort World Genting.

Map of cable cars. Image from RWGenting.com

Map of cable cars. Image from Resort World Genting.

Stats:

  • Capacity: 3,600 pphpd
  • Cabins: 99 (10 glass bottom)
  • Max Speed: 6 m/s (21.6 km/h)
  • Towers: 22
  • Travel time: 10 minutes
  • Vertical: 620m

For those who are unfamiliar with Malaysia, Genting Highlands is a hill resort known for its eclectic array of entertainment, shopping and gambling options.

The 10-MDG Awana Skyway was built to replace the old aerial tram system which reached the end of its life cycle in 2014 after being in operations for 40 years.

While the cable car was originally scheduled to open on August 1, the Skyway team was still waiting for final regulatory approvals at the time of this post’s writing.

In the meantime, check out the footage below for some behind-the-scenes action on the “Making of the Awana Skyway“.

 

10
Aug

2016

Photo of the Week: Teleferico de Puebla

Post by Nick Chu

#MX #visitmexico #travelmexico #Puebla #teleferico

A photo posted by Fausto Torres Febles (@faustogilo) on

09
Aug

2016

Merida Cable Car (Teleferico de Merida) to Reopen Soon

Post by Gondola Project

After 5 years of construction, riders this year finally had the chance to board the Merida Cable Car (Spanish: Teleferico de Merida) which is located in the Venezuelan Andeans. The system was originally built in the 1950s but was shut down in 2008 for a complete overhaul.

The cable lift is considered one of the highest operating ropeways in the world as its terminus station (Pico Espejo) is located at a dizzying 4,765m! Perhaps what’s even more impressive is the fact that the system currently holds the record for the world’s longest multi-section aerial tram (4 cable loops totalling 12.5km).

As the system is expected to complete its pre-commercial trial runs this month, CCTV America had the chance to take viewers on a journey aboard the cable car. Check it out.

 

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