01
Jun

2017

La Paz Celebrates Three Years of Cable Car Operations

Post by Gondola Project

Red Line. Image by Flickr user Jamil Soria.

It might be a little hard to believe, but it has been three years since La Paz-El Alto’s first urban cable car system was built. On May 29, 2014, the Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) started providing passenger service between the plateaus of El Alto and the highlands of La Paz.

Since then, three more Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines have opened — the Yellow Line, Green Line and Blue Line — resulting in 15km of urban gondolas. Averaged out over the years, this means that about 7.9m of ropeways have been built each day.

Incredibly the work is not even half complete. Seven more cable lines are scheduled to open between now and 2019, with plans to inaugurate the White Line and Orange Line by late 2017. Once the entire urban gondola network is complete, 39 stations and nearly 34km of CPT will be operational.

Metropolitan Integration Network map showing all eleven CPT lines. Image from Mi Teleferico.

Leading the charge to transform urban mobility in the city is the young public company, Mi Teleférico and Austrian ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr. Mi Teleférico’s mandate is not only to modernize La Paz-El Alto’s chaotic transport network but to address socio-economic issues related to a rapidly growing city. For instance, cable car stations have become the focal point for community fairs and health care centres.

Before the gondola lines were built, travel was often stressful, unpredictable and time-consuming as existing roadways were congested with minibuses and cars. Today, high stress levels from travelling on roadways has been reduced as the CPT lines provide commuters with a reliable, efficient and comfortable transport alternative.

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With each passing day, the cable car has seemingly become more and more integral to the daily lives of its citizens. Recently on May 17, 2017, the urban gondola network set another daily ridership record with 190,971 passengers. This is 11,095 more passengers or a 6.1% increase than the previous record set in June 13, 2016.

From nearly any perspective, whether one is examining the cable car network from an economic, social, and/or environmental lens, the system has been an incredible success. Some of the most remarkable highlights include:

  • Avoided consumption of ten million litres of gasoline (2014-2016)
  • Transported more than 70 million passengers since inception without any serious accidents/injuries
  • Network availability rate of 99.7%
  • Saved 816,000,000 minutes in travel time (2016)

Perhaps the most incredible result stemming from Mi Teleférico is related to its financial viability. Unlike most public transit systems, the urban cable car network in La Paz requires zero subsidies. In fact, a surplus of US$2.5 million (Bs 17.5 million) was actually generated in 2016.

This effectively places Mi Teleférico amongst an incredibly rare and elite class of transit systems with a farebox recovery ratio of more than 100%. Based on online data, La Paz would be 1 out of 8 transit agencies that meets this threshold and would be the only mass transit system in South America in this exclusive class.

As the only major city in the world to build its entire rapid transit backbone on CPT technology, La Paz’s cable cars continues to be trailblazers in the urban transport industry. Given its successes so far, the future looks bright for the world’s highest city.



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30
May

2017

LEITNER Ropeways 2016 Annual Report

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LEITNER Ropeways 2016 Annual Report.

LEITNER Ropeways, a world leader in ropeway manufacturing and design, has released its long-awaited 2016 Annual Report.

The South Tyrolean company expanded its presence in both alpine and urban mobility settings with the implementation of dozens of innovative cable-driven systems worldwide. Since 1888, LEITNER Ropeways has been building cable lifts renowned for their premium quality, superb functionality and sophisticated design.

This year’s annual report celebrates the company’s 40 installations built in 2016 which are now found in 11 countries. A select number of ropeway are highlighted below thanks to the impact and achievements that they have had in providing high-performance and energy efficient transport in the urban and ski transport settings.


MM100 PISAMOVER

MM100 PISAMOVER

The PisaMover is an automatic people mover designed with LEITNER Ropeway’s MiniMetro technology. The 1,760m bottom-supported ropeway provides passengers with a quick and comfortable five minute connection between Galileo Galilei Airport, an intermediary 1,400 space car park (San Giusto/Aurelia) and Tuscany’s central train station (Pisa Central).

Before the introduction of the PisaMover, passengers travelling between the central district and the airport had to rely on polluting, and inefficient buses that were often stuck in heavy traffic. However, thanks to the new cable drawn people mover, an estimated two million passengers will be able to reach their destination comfortably with reliable travel times.

LEITNER Ropeways won the contract to build the PisaMover in a public-private-partnership arrangement alongside Italian construction company Condotte d’Acqua.


TD32 EISGRATBAHN I+II Neustift (Stubai) / AT

TD32 EISGRATBAHN I+II

The Eisgratbahn is truly a pioneer in the world of ropeway innovation and design. At 4.7km in length, the Eisgratbahn is the Alps longest tricable detachable gondola and is the world’s first tricable gondola that features non-stop operations between two sections.

This means that passengers can reach Stubai Glacier hassle free as they can travel the entire length of the system without having to disembark and reembark. The ride experience is further enhanced with spacious boarding areas, panoramic glass windows, real leather seats and Wi-Fi in all cabins.

This tricable gondola is the first ropeway to feature the brand new “Symphony” cabins that were created by sports car designer, Pininfarina. Lastly, LEITNER’s energy-efficient and gearless DirectDrive system was also installed for the first time on a tricable gondola.


GD10 ECATEPEC I+II

GD10 ECATEPEC I+II

Opened on October 4, 2016, Mexicable is North America’s newest urban gondola and Mexico’s first public transit ropeway. The 5km cable car is built with detachable technology lift technology, and carries 17,000 passengers each day via seven stations. The system is located Ecatepec de Morelos, a district 25km northeast of Mexico City.

The Mexicable was built as part of a larger social redevelopment project which aims to not only improve travel time and safety, but to enliven the cityscape through public art displays. The system operates for 17 hours each day and has contributed to a higher quality of life for residents living in the densely populated district.

Commuters in the past spent 50 minutes on crowded and uncomfortable buses. However, thanks to the cable car, riders can travel the same distance and reach the main road connecting to Mexico City in just 19 minutes — a time savings of 62%! LEITNER Ropeway’s exclusive in-house and gearless drive solution, DirectDrive, was installed for the first time in North America onboard the Mexicable.


GD10 BERLIN IGA 2017

GD10 Berlin IGA 2017

Berlin’s 2017 International Garden Show (IGA 2017) has featured a spectacular 1.5km urban ropeway as one of the horticultural festival’s main centrepieces. With over 5,000 events spread out over 104 hectares, IGA 2017 will function as a platform for intercultural dialogue and innovation. The event is designed with a focus on green urban spaces and culture, making the gondola a perfect fit for the horticultural exhibition.

Thanks to the cable car’s direct connection to the subway, the estimated two million visitors to the garden show will have access to sustainable and fully accessible transport. As the investor, builder and operator of the IGA 2017 gondola, LEITNER Ropeways played a unique role in helping implement this cable car.

While the garden show will come to an end in October 2017, the urban gondola will continue to operate thereafter. As such, residents living in Marzahn and Hellersdorf district will have a quick and convenient public transit connection to the subway and city centre.

To read and learn more about the cable cars built by LEITNER Ropeways in 2016, please click here.


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26
May

2017

System Dossier: Bondinho Aparecida (Aparecida Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Bondinho Aparecida approaching the Morro de Cruzeiro. Image by Flickr user Fábio Canhim

Aparecida is a quaint city in Brazil located approximately halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The city is a center of religious tourism that sees 11 million tourists who flock to the city on an annual basis to experience the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida – the largest Marian shrine in the world, the second largest church in the world, and also the origin of the city’s name. Another popular tourist hotspot is the Morro de Cruzeiro, a religious hill that overlooks the city. On top of the hill lies access to the Torre Mirante, another attraction that acts as a lookout tower.

Bondinho Aparecida overlooking the National Shrine. Image by Flickr user Fábio Canhim

To improve connectivity between these two sites, private developers financed a 1.1-kilometer cable car that takes passengers on a vertical rise of 117 meters from the base of the National Shrine to the top of the Morro do Cruzeiro. The MDG system, known to the city as the “cable car of the patroness” is operated by the tourist agency Bontur. In the first year of operation, the cable car, which consists of 47 cabins holding 6 passengers each, attracted over one million riders. This demonstrates the ropeway’s popularity amongst tourists. On the ride passengers can experience incredible views of the city and the National Shrine.

Sai da frente que o bonde 🚊 vai passar 😄😎😀 dia #maravilhoso ♥♥♥ #bondinhoaparecida #aparecida #fé #paz #amor #felicidade

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However, despite the success of the gondola, its construction didn’t come without conflict. During the development phase of the gondola, many residents of Aparecida were unhappy with the cable car route as the ropeway crossed over several residential homes and a neighborhood cemetery.

Some residents described the gondola’s setting as “disrespectful”, and “an invasion of privacy” while others described it as the best thing to have happened in the city. Therefore, while ropeways can add a unique charm to the city, they can also cause problems with local residents. Developers should be conscious of these issues when constructing cable cars and should make great efforts to work collaboratively with the local community.


Year opened 2014
Length (km) 1.1
Capacity (pphpd) 1500
One-way fare (Brazilian Real) 14
Stations 2

 



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20
May

2017

Photo of the Week: IGA Berlin 2017 Cable Car

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18
May

2017

Tbilisi/Georgian Ropeways, Part 1.4 – Connecting Resorts and Hotels

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Ropeway approaching Sololaki Hills Hotel. Screenshot from Georgian Co-Investment Fund.

Central Tbilisi is undergoing tremendous change as the Georgian capital modernizes its aging infrastructure. In recent years, a growing number of visitors are flocking to Georgia with a record setting 2.3 million international tourist arrivals in 2016.

To support this growth, a new Tourism Development Fund was created to finance eight major hotel developments worth US$680 million. For followers of urban cable cars, three hospitality projects are worth mentioning.

  1. Hotel on Freedom Square: 220 rooms, office and commercial space (2018)
  2. Hotel Sololaki Hills: 370 rooms, conference room, aquarium (2019)
  3. Tabori Recreation and Golf Resort: 40ha, 5-star hotel, sports halls, restaurants and cafes (2018)

From the information provided online, it appears that passengers will be able to board a cable car in the heart of Tbilisi at the Hotel on Freedom Square and ride it directly to the Hotel Sololaki Hills.

Once passengers reach the hillside resort, a second ropeway will transport visitors to Tabori Recreation and Golf Resort — located adjacent to Tbilisi Botanical Gardens. Once the resort is opened in 2019, this development will be the city’s largest public recreational area.

Based on mapped locations and a video rendering, a 1.7km MDG system will connect these three major developments.




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16
May

2017

Doppelmayr Annual Brochure 2017

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Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group Worldwide 2017 Annual Brochure.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of passenger ropeways, has published their highly anticipated 2017 Annual Brochure. For this year’s report, over 100 installations have been documented alongside spectacular visuals.

A total of 84 customers around the world chose the world-renowned technical experts at Doppelmayr to construct 3 Funicular Railways; 6 Reversible Aerial Tramways; 29 Detachable Gondola Lifts; 28 Detachable Chairlifts; 17 Fixed-Grip Chairlifts; 19 Surface Lifts; 2 RopeCons; and 1 Monorack.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa ropeways are found in 91 countries.

While each ropeway is a unique system in and of itself, we’ve hand picked a few honourable mentions with relevancy to city-building and design excellence.

100-FUL Lugano Citta-Stazione FFS

100-FUL Lugano-Citta Stazione FFS

Since the Lugano Citta-Statzione Funicular was originally built in 1886 to provide service between the historic downtown to the city’s main railway station, the funicular remains one of Switzerland’s busiest bottom-supported cable systems.

To increase capacity and improve passenger service, the funicular was overhauled in 2016 by Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The company was responsible for project planning, engineering, and, delivery and installation of all the electromechanical equipment (including cabins).

Thanks to the modernization program, the 206m funicular can now transport 2,240 passengers per hour.

10-MGD Linea Azul I and 10-MDG Linea Azul II

10-MGD Linea Azul 1 and 10-MDG Linea Azul II

Linea Azul (English: Blue Line) is the fourth urban transit cable car in La Paz-El Alto’s Mi Teleférico network and the first ropeway for Phase 2. While technically it is built as two independent rope lines, the cable car has been designed so that passengers can seamlessly travel from terminal to terminal without having to change systems.

The cable car’s rope was installed using a drone technique specifically designed for Doppelmayr. The drone, known as an Octocopter, carried and strung an auxiliary cable, which in turn was used to install the final rope. The flexibility and compact size of the drone is an ideal solution for complex urban environments.

At a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction, the 5km system greatly enhances transport for those living in El Alto. It flies above Latin America’s biggest street market and connects students to University UPEA. For even greater convenience and connectivity, the system has been integrated with Linea Roja (English: Red Line).

6-MGD Wynn Palace Skycab

6-MGD Wynn Palace Skycab

The opulent Wynn Palace casino and resort in Cotai, Macau features a luxurious 6-person gondola that transports guests around the venue’s 3.25ha Performance Lake.

Climbing to heights of 30m, guests are afforded aerial views of a dazzling light and water shows at the lake. The gondola travels in an unidirectional, circular route with two customized golden dragon towers. To maximize comfort, ride experience and safety, the gondola is equipped with air-conditioning, LED night illumination, a communication system and CCTV.

Doppelmayr was able to meet the client’s stringent technical requirements with the implementation of a newly designed mounting system. Simply put, this mounting system ensures that adjacent rooms connected to the gondola experience zero noise and vibrations. Reduced sound and vibration emissions ensures a more pleasant and undisturbed visit for guests.

10-MGD Giggojochbahn

10-MGD Giggojochbahn

The new 2,648m Giggojoch cable car is built with Doppelmayr’s next generation of ropeway solutions, the D-Line. At a line capacity of 4,500 passengers per hour per direction, it is the world’s highest capacity monocable detachable gondola.

A total of 134 cabins transport skiers at speeds of 6.5m/s (23.4km/h) from Sölden to Giggojoch. Thanks to Doppelmayr’s innovative D-Line solutions, passengers experience top ride comfort onboard a ultramodern cable car.

230-ATW Ha Long Queen Cable Car

230-ATW Ha Long Queen Cable Car

The 2,165m Ha Long Queen Cable Car in northern Vietnam crosses the world famous Ha Long Bay en route to an observation wheel. Passengers board the ropeway in Bai Chay district in Ha Long City before taking flight to the top of Ba Deo Hill.

The aerial tram simultaneously set two new ropeway records for tallest tower and largest cabin. Its double decker carriers were designed by CWA and can accommodate up to 230 passengers. Furthermore, as the number 8 is considered lucky in Vietnam, Doppelmayr/Garaventa was able to precisely design a record setting tower at 188.8m.

This demonstrates how Doppelmayr/Garaventa is up to task to satisfy any technical and cultural requirements of a ropeway project. The aerial tram was built in just 19 months, and adheres to all the applicable European standards/codes (CEN standards) for ropeway construction.

To read and learn more about Doppelmayr’s cable installations from 2016, please click here.


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09
May

2017

World’s most harrowing (exhilarating) commute?

Post by Nick Chu



Six families continue to rely on a makeshift 800m long zipline to save 2 hours of travel time. At top speeds of 90km/h and at heights of 230m, this commute is certainly not for the faint of heart!



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