06
Aug

2021

Weekly Roundup: Cities Want What Portland Has

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Outer Harbor in Buffalo, New York is being developed, but hard to get to. A cable car has been proposed to connect it to other city transportation.
Photo credit: Andre Carrotflower, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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30
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: Ropeways Surpass Expectations

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The Yokahama Air Cabin opened in April and has attracted visitors from around the world. Photo credit: NEO-NEED, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Japan’s first urban ropeway, Yokohama Air Cabin, opened in April of 2021. The 630-meter ropeway moves passengers from landside Sakuragi to the harbor in five minutes. The system operates using a lithium-ion battery. Cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, LED lights for the nights, and other safety features. Despite the pandemic, Yokohama managed to build a new ropeway attraction and continue to attract visitors from around the world.
  • Hobart City Council voted against the cable car project for Kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Opposition of the project in Tasmania, Australia was centered around environmental and cultural impacts. Some pointed out the cable car was not the issue, but the large development proposed along with it such as the restaurant and café. The Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) will seek legal advice and consider an appeal. To see a related Weekly Roundup here.


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23
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: It’s All About Public Feedback

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A notice for the Little Cottonwood Canyon project’s open house that happened this week.


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16
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: Adding Lines

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Commuters in Mexico City can now escape gridlock with the opening of Cablebús Line 1. Photo courtesy of LEITNER ropeways
  • Cablebús Line 1 in Mexico City began operating on July 11. The system is 9.2 kilometers long with six stations. The system is connected to Line 3 of the Metro, Line 1 of the Metrobús and 4 of the Mexibús. The total travel time is 33 minutes at the price of seven pesos ($0.35 USD) per ride. Cablebús Line 2, which is 10.5 kilometers long, will be inaugurated on July 24.
  • Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont is constructing two new lifts. The Quantum Four lift is being relocated and replaced by the Quantum Six, increasing capacity to 2,900 rides per hour. The Quantum Four is moving to replace the Green Ridge Triple and will be renamed to the Evergreen Summit Express. It will serve the  summit area with quicker and easier rides. The new lifts are expected to be operational for the 2021-22 winter season.
  • Burnaby City Council has formally reviewed and discussed the three potential routes for the proposed SFU Burnaby Mountain Gondola. Four city council members believe that not enough public consultation was done for the residents directly impacted by Route 1, Forest Grove. It is believed that properties within the cable car right-of-way should be compensated. See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.


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15
Jul

2021

LEITNER’s Latest Press Release Announces Cablebús 2 in Mexico City is Ready for Operation

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Cablebús 2 will officially open on July 24th in Mexico City. The new alignment is 10.6-kilometers with seven stations. Two of the stations are integrated with two different subway lines. The system is expected to move 50,000 people per day while servicing the district of Iztapalapa and will offer commuters a better, safe, and faster connection to the metro stations.

In 2016 Mexico City started the “ropeway experiment” with the construction of the five-kilometer-long Mexicable. The system was successful in improving reliable transit and local’s quality of life. Just this year Cablebús 1 and Cablebús 2 have been constructed and Mexicable Line 2 – Linea Verde is currently under construction. Mexicable Line 2 will be 8.5-kilometers with 7 stations and connect to the subway system.

By the end of 2021, seven LEITNER installations- a total of 24-kilometers of ropeway systems, will be in operation in the region.

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For the full press release visit Leitner’s page here.

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12
Jul

2021

LEITNER POMA INTRODUCES THE FIRST URBAN CABLE CAR THAT CROSSES A RIVER IN LATIN AMERICA, AEROVÍA IN GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

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The Aerovía cable car is servicing Ecuador’s most populated city, Guayaquil, and the city of Duran. Guayaquil has a population of approximately 2.7 million, while Duran’s population has tripled in the last twenty years to more than 250,000.

Guayaquil and Duran are separated by the Guayas River with only one bridge connecting them. The vast majority of people in Duran work in Guayaquil, causing both cities to suffer from major traffic delays. The Aerovía, a 4.1 km monocable detachable gondola (MDG), reduces the commute to a 17 minute cable car ride, replacing a journey that took up to an hour and four bus transfers.

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Aerovía is part of a multimodal mass transit system (cable and bus) which sustainably connects the two cities. Passengers can ride the gondola for $0.70 (USD) and use the urban buses of two partner systems at no additional costs.  Students, children under 16, elderly, and people with disabilities have a reduced rate of $0.35 (USD).

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Aerovía was designed to be more than a transit solution. It provides the community with safe, comfortable, reliable, and environmentally friendly transit that reduces commuting time and increases access to education and employment, particularly for lower socioeconomic communities. The system also increases green space which helps mitigate the effects of climate change and improve public spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. The system improves the quality of life for both communities.

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Aerovía has five stations, four of which are used for boarding: Parque del Centenario, Julián Coronel, Técnica, and Cuatro Mosqueteros. The stations are multiuse facilities, serving as transit stations and also providing commercial space. Using the 155 10-person-cabins, the system can move 2,600 people per hour per direction (pphpd), totaling 40,000 trips daily.

Check out the Aerovía video created by POMA below showing how the system fits with the cityscape.

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09
Jul

2021

Weekly Roundup: A Cable Car to Speed up Bridge Construction

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A rendering of what will be the Msikaba bridge in South Africa. A temporary cable car is being installed to allow staff to cross the gorge in an efficient manner while construction is ongoing.
Image credit: By Sakowski – Wiki highest bridges.com, Fair use
  • Snowbasin Resort in Utah has announced a new high speed, six-seater chairlift. The lift will replace Snowbasin’s oldest fixed grip, a 1979 CTEC triple, reducing the trip from 9.2 minutes to 4.9 minutes. Snowbasin has partnered with Leitner-Poma of America to get this done. The lift is designed to move 1,800 passengers per hour, but future plans will increase the capacity to 2,400 passengers per hour by adding an additional 17 chairs. Construction is expected to begin in mid-July and run through November.


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