09
Apr

2014

Construction of Fairy Tale Gondola

Post by Nick Chu

While we typically analyze and discuss gondolas from an urban planning perspective, the actual cable car construction and installation process are fascinating exercises in and of itself.

Last week, we brought you news of an uniquely themed Fairy Tale gondola in Grachen, Switzerland. And as a follow up to this story, reader Barry sent us along another link showcasing how the towers and bases were installed.

If you’re interested in CPT technology, you definitely need to watch the video.



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07
Apr

2014

Vote for a Toronto Urban Gondola—The Toronto ShoreLine

Post by Steven Dale

Urban Gondola Cable Car Toronto

Image via ULI.

The Urban Land Institute in Toronto (ULI) is hosting its innagural  Urban Ideas Competition. Amongst the various fine submissions is—you guessed it—a conceptual Urban Gondola/Cable Car system for Toronto’s waterfront cleverly dubbed the Toronto ShoreLine (check here and here for the submission’s two boards).

Now, despite the fact that The Gondola Project’s home base is Toronto, Canada and despite the fact that we’ve proposed a very similar idea a couple of years back, we want to make it crystal clear that we have absolutely nothing to do with this proposal and have no idea who is behind it.

Nevertheless, it’s pretty interesting and hits on a lot of strong fundamentals . . .

  • The system is (relatively) modest in size compared to other proposals we’ve seen. At 6.22km long, the system is optically an easier sell than some of the other proposals we’ve seen (we’re looking at you, Austin).
  • The system targets under-serviced areas of the city while systematically hitting tourist-heavy nodes.
Urban Gondola Toronto Cable Car

Image via ULI.

You can vote in support of this or any of the other submissions here. And we’d encourage you all to vote. The more attention this receives, the better for anyone interested in urban cable cars.

This is an exciting time for cable transit solutions. We’re seeing uptake of the technology in the developing world like almost no other mode  (check out Ankara, for example) plus we’re seeing no shortage of innovative urban concepts in the developed world (Seattle? Chicago? Buffalo?).

True, the closest we’ve gotten thus far in the developed world is the Burnaby gondola—which currently resides in a will-it-or-will-it-not-ever-be-built limbo—but the momentum behind the technology is undeniable.

Right now people are proposing, talking and spending an enormous amount of time and energy creating ideas such as the Toronto ShoreLine. Governments, meanwhile, are spending money exploring the technology (Calgary? Laval? Georgetown?). And in the four short years of this website’s existence we’ve seen our readership grow from a couple of dozen visitors per day into tens-of-thousands of unique visitors per month from all around the world. 

When it comes to urban gondolas and cable cars you can be a skeptic or a cynic all you want, but that doesn’t really matter because this is happening and it’s happening right now. That’s exciting.

With the kind of wind Cable Propelled Transit has at its back, it’s only a matter of time until we see one of these proposals really hit the mark somewhere in our backyard.

Vote early. Vote often.



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04
Apr

2014

Weekly Roundup: 30km of Cable Cars Proposed for Haiti’s Port-au-Prince

Post by Nick Chu

Port-au-Prince. Image by Flickr user Siri. B.L.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas and cable propelled transit:



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03
Apr

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Emirates Air Line

Post by Nick Chu

Emirates Air Line. Image by Flickr user Chris Sampson.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user Chris Sampson.

About:

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide.

If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.

 



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02
Apr

2014

Fairy Tale Gondola in Grächen, Switzerland

Post by Nick Chu

If you have kids, taking them skiing is probably some of the most fun you can have together as a family. But what happens when just hitting the slopes is no longer enough?

Well, the Märchen-Gondelbahn system in Grächen (Switzerland) decided to one-up their offerings by introducing specially designed “Fairy Tale Gondolas”.

Fairy Tale Gondola. Image from RRO.ch.

Since the 2011/2012 season, children onboard cabins can now listen to timeless favourites such as Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty.

This one-of-kind feature was part of a larger multi-million dollar investment to attract more families to the resort. The classic fairy tales are voiced by Swiss actress Silvia Jost and last for the entire 7 minute journey.

A big thanks goes to Barry for sending us the link!



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28
Mar

2014

Weekly Roundup: Yenimahalle – Şentepe Teleferik (Cable Car) in Ankara Opens

Post by Nick Chu

Yenimahalle – Şentepe Teleferik (Cable Car). Image from LEITNER ropeways.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit:

  • Dubbed as the largest urban ropeway on the Eurasian continent, the Yenimahalle – Şentepe Teleferik in Ankara (Turkey) is the country’s first public transit cable car. LEITNER Ropeways was responsible for implementing this 4-station, 3.2km system. The cable car is expected to complete testing in the next week and officially open for public consumption.


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27
Mar

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Cable Car)

Post by Nick Chu

Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar. Image by Flickr user Rosana Prada.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user Rosana Prada.

About:

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide.

If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



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