02
Nov

2017

Doppelmayr Showcases New Urban Gondolas in Oakland and Busan

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WIR Issue 3 2017. Image from Doppelmayr.

The world’s largest ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, has recently released its latest customer magazine, WIR Issue 3. The publication is one of the industry’s top magazines which tracks many of the latest developments happening in the world of cable cars.

In this year’s third edition, Doppelmayr documents not only the company’s commitment to quality, but showcases how urban gondolas are enhancing recreational and transportation opportunities for visitors in Oakland, Busan and London.

Busan Air Cruise. Image from Doppelmayr.

Busan Air Cruise

South Korea’s Daewon Plus collaborated with Doppelmayr to open the country’s first ropeway that travels directly over an ocean. Known as the Busan Air Cruise, the new D-Line cable car delivers passengers to Songdo Beach, one of Busan’s most popular landmarks. Thanks to Doppelmayr’s innovative Recovery Concept system, passenger safety is maximized. This safety mechanism features a series of redundant drive-line systems that ensures the cabins will return to a station in the event of a mechanical or electrical failure of the primary drive-line.

With a vertical rise of 54m, riders can enjoy scenic views of the sea and coastline. For an even more exciting trip, users can hop onboard one of the thirteen glass bottom cabins. During its first weekend, the gondola was met with great fanfare and transported 25,000 passengers! To complement a visitor’s overall experience, tourists can visit Songdo Doppelmayr World, the country’s first museum dedicated to ropeway technology.

Oakland Zoo Gondola. Image from Doppelmayr.

Oakland Zoo 

Doppelmayr USA was chosen to build the new 561m long gondola which leads to the Oakland Zoo’s 56-acre expansion site. The fully ADA-compliant system has level platform loading/unloading so users of all mobility levels can easily board a cabin to visit the new California Trail and hilltop restaurant.

With the gondola’s safari-style bar windows, visitors will have great viewing opportunities of native animal species which include grizzly bears, mountain lions and buffaloes. During inclement weather, a lightweight polycarbonate panel can be placed over the cabin’s bars to protect passengers from rain, wind and cold. Riders can enjoy ample comfort in the spacious Omega IV LIW tall cabins designed by CWA.

Emirates Air Line. Image from Doppelmayr.

Emirates Air Line

Since the Emirates Air Line cable car was inaugurated in June 2012, London’s first urban gondola has exceeded all user and operator expectations. The system has logged 26,500 operating hours and transported 8.5 million passengers with a 99.94% availability rate.

With these impressive results, not only has it surpassed all contractual obligations and industry benchmarks, it has made the cable car the most popular transport mode in the entire Transport for London (TfL) network. As a partner dedicated to safety and excellence, TfL renewed its trust and commitment towards Doppelmayr by renewing its operating contract for five more years.

More exciting developments, such as Doppelmayr’s new headquarters and ski lifts in Sweden, are discussed thoroughly in WIR Issue 3/2017. To learn more about these products and services, please click here.

 

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31
Oct

2017

La Paz Installs Cable on Sky Blue Line (Línea Celeste)

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Drone installing cable long first section of the Sky Blue Line. Image from Mi Teleférico.

The Sky Blue gondola (Spanish: Línea Celeste) will be a critical interconnecting transit line in La Paz’s urban cable car network. This past weekend, ropeway specialists were busy at work as they installed the first section (861m) of the Sky Blue Line’s rope between San Jorge Station and Liberator Station.

Once the system is fully built, the 4-station line will unite the city’s South zone with the El Prado area. In turn, users will be able to transfer seamlessly to the White Line at San Jorge Station and to the Green Line and Yellow Line at Liberator Station. Specifically, connectivity at Liberator will be strengthened immensely as it will function as only the second station in the entire cable car network where users can directly transfer between three separate urban gondola lines.

Sky Blue Line. Image from Mi Teleférico.

Similar to the upcoming Purple Line, the Sky Blue Line is built with a maximum speed of 6 m/s (21.6km/h) and a maximum capacity of 4,000 persons per hour per direction. These specs are a noteworthy upgrade from existing gondola lines which have speeds of 5 m/s and directional capacities of 3,000 persons per hour. Effectively, these improvements will help decrease wait and travel times as cabin headways and spacing will be reduced to 9 seconds and 54m respectively.

While construction first kicked off in July 2017, the first section of the cable car (Liberator to San Jorge) is expected to open in early 2018. The remaining sections are scheduled to begin passenger service in mid-2018.

 



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25
Oct

2017

Photos: Tbilisi State University Ropeway Update (October 2017)

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Tbilisi State University Ropeway. Image by Irakli Z.

After reconstruction works began last year in October, the Tbilisi Statement University Ropeway is on the verge of reopening. First built in 1983 to soar across the Vere River gorge and link the university dormitories to the Bagebi neighbourhood, the system fell into disuse in the 90s and was finally abandoned in 2004.

Once the system opens for passenger service, the aerial tram will be Tbilisi’s fourth operational ropeway. The privately built system is expected to improve transport options for residents currently housed in the dormitories.

See below for select images by Irakli Z, or click here for the full album.

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24
Oct

2017

Silver Line Breaks Ground in La Paz / El Alto

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Silver Line numbers. Image by Mi Teleférico.

Last Friday, Mi Teleférico started construction on its latest urban gondola, the Silver Line (Spanish: Línea Plateada). First announced in February 2016, the 2.7km ropeway becomes the fourth Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) line under construction in the city — joining the Purple Line, White Line and Light Blue Line. Dignitaries along with the Bolivian president and Mi Teleférico’s manager was in attendance for the celebrations which coincided with La Paz’s 469th founding anniversary.

Master plan for urban cable car network in La Paz/El Alto. Image by Mi Teleférico.

On schedule for completion by 2019, the 3-station Silver Line will be connected to three existing urban gondolas (Red Line, Blue Line and Yellow Line) and one future line (Purple Line). The current 16 de Julio/Jach’a Qhathu station will become an intermodal hub with connections to the Red and Blue systems. At Faro Murillo mid-station, the Silver Line will be seamlessly integrated with the the Purple Line while the system’s southern terminus, Mirador, will link to the Yellow Line. Faro Murillo is designed as a 10,000 sqm (107,000sqft) multi-use station complete with commercial, social and cultural uses.

Faro Murillo intermodal station will be one of Mi Teleferico’s biggest stations. Image by Mi Teleférico.

The Silver Line is designed to alleviate transport congestion in Ceja neighbourhood by linking El Alto’s southern and northern districts. Daily traffic between these areas are estimated at 300,000 persons per day.

The pace of development of La Paz’s urban cable car masterplan— Metropolitan Integration Network (Spanish: Red de Integración Metropolitana or RIM) — has been unprecedented in the world. This year alone, two systems (Blue Line and Orange Line) alone have resulted in nine new stations and 7.3km of cable cars. In total, RIM represents an massive investment in infrastructure improvement that amounts to an estimated US$740 million.


Statistics

Length (km) 2.7
Cabins 120
Towers 21
Travel Time (minutes) 9.7
Capacity (pphpd) 3,000

 



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18
Oct

2017

Three Million Trips Aboard Berlin’s IGA 2017 Gondola

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IGA 2017 Gondola. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

During its 6-month run, Berlin’s IGA 2017 urban gondola provided green and barrier-free transport to a total of three million riders. During peak periods, the 3,000-person capacity ropeway recorded more than 35,000 passengers per day. Designed and operated by LEITNER Ropeways, the 10-passenger monocable urban gondola soared to heights of 30m and allowed visitors to admire the 100+ hectares of garden grounds from the sky.

As the German capital experienced the wettest summer ever recorded, attendance to the International Garden Show was unable to reach the two million visitor target. However, the event was still a success where 1.6 million guests visited the site between April 13, 2017 – October 15, 2017.

The 1.5km, 3-station gondola was a prominent attraction throughout its time during IGA 2017 and after a 40-day break, will resume service on December 1, 2017. The system’s close proximity to Berlin’s “Kienberg-Gärten der Welt” subway station means there is an opportunity for the cable car to provide ongoing service improvements to local transport in the years to come. Ongoing dialogue with City officials will discuss how the ropeway can be integrated with the local transit system.

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16
Oct

2017

Crossing the Sky in the Indian Himalayas

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In a one-of-a-kind experience, BBC takes viewers on a captivating 360° video journey through the Indian Himalayas. Reporters follow two sisters from the remote village of Syaba in Uttarakhand State  as they travel up to six hours each day to reach their school in the nearby town of Maneri and Malla.

As part of their long and perilous journey, they hop onboard a makeshift ropeway to cross the gushing waters of the Bhagirathi River. To read the full article and see more incredible photos, click here.



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13
Oct

2017

Being Feasible

Post by Steven Dale

What is feasibility? Image from pixabay.

Years ago, a colleague once remarked to me that feasibility analysis is nothing more than complex marketing — a tool used to advocate for that which has already been decided upon. It’s a comment that stuck with me over the years and has recently taken on new relevance to me.

As we’ve repeatedly pointed out over the past year (here, here and here, to name just a few examples), the cable car industry is living in a golden age of people not only paying attention to the industry but also actively researching and studying potential projects.

That’s no small thing.

While I have no clear statistic to back up this claim, I’m quite certain that there has never been a time in human history where more government and private sector entities have been actively developing cable car projects.

That development process, more often than not, begins with some form of feasibility analysis. And as we’ve also pointed out (here, for example) those analyses are oftentimes lacking in the intellectual rigour necessary to advance the projects.

From what we’ve witnessed, however, the problem is not one of insufficient diligence, but rather the direction those inquiries take. It’s a problem of not asking the right questions — or perhaps not understanding what the questions are in the first place.

When journalists report on a government or corporation commissioning a study (whether that be for a cable car or any other program or piece of infrastructure) to “determine whether X, Y or Z is feasible,” it’s oftentimes written in a way so as to suggest that the study is impartial and binary — that the project Will-Be or Will-Not-Be deemed feasible as though judgement were to be cast down from the heavens.

But what does Being Feasible even mean?

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