Tbilisi/Georgian Ropeways, Part 1.3 – Exploring Martvili and Khulo

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Georgian ropeways continue to be a source of curiosity and fascination. Perhaps its relative remoteness adds a degree of mystique to the many cable car systems now being (re)discovered. Luckily, as technology improves, we’re beginning to learn more and more about the treasure trove of ropeways in Georgia.

Below are a few videos that we recently shared with us.

Martvili Ropeway

This system is located in Western Georgia and connects small town (pop: 4,400) to a monastery.

Khulo Ropeway

A 1,700m passenger ropeway linking Khulo (pop: 1,000), a small town 80km east of Batumi, to the remote village of Tugo. Residents ride the cable car on a daily basis as it functions as a vital transit link across the gorge. Despite the breathtaking views, the 10 minute cable car ride costs only 10 cents!

 A big thank you goes to Irakli Z. for the links!



System Dossier: Expo Alt Urban Gondola (Telecabina Aramón Zaragoza 2008)

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Expo Alt Urban Gondola. Image by Flickr user jmig1.

Zaragoza is a historical city in Spain that dates back to Roman times. Located at the center of the Ebro Valley, Zaragoza’s historical influence from a variety of cultures helped differentiate itself from its more well-known neighbours, Madrid and Barcelona.

Zaragoza is a highly prosperous city, which is demonstrated by its wide boulevards, and high-end shopping and dining. In 2008, it hosted the World Fair which attracted 5.6 million visitors.

The main site of the Expo, which housed many of the pavilions, was a 62-acre set of land situated along the Ebro River. Projects such as the 80-meter Water Tower and the fresh water aquarium (Europe’s largest) were constructed in consistency with the Expo’s theme of water preservation and conservation.


Expo Alt. Image by Flickr user Loadmaster.

Expo Alt. Image by Flickr user Loadmaster.

Adding even more excitement to the Zaragoza Expo was the installation of Expo Alt, a 1.2 km cable car ride that transported passengers to the Expo site. The MDG system built by Leitner Ropeways transported passengers across the Ebro River to the Expo site from one of Zaragoza’s main train stations, Zaragoza-Delicias. The cable car was operated by Aramón Group, a renowned Spanish firm who owns and operates five ski resorts within the Aragonian region.

During the trip, riders would be elevated to a height of 50 meters allowing for some fantastic views of both the beautifully designed Water Tower and Bridge Pavillion. Even at the stations, riders were treated to some splendid architecture. Both stations, designed by the Spanish Architect Ignacio Vicens, capture the intricate structure of an ice crystal.

Expo Alt urban cable car crossing the Ebro River. The Bridge Pavilion can be seen beneath the gondola. Image by Flickr user by jmig1.

At the conclusion of the Expo’s three-month span, the gondola attracted one million passengers — demonstrating the system’s importance in bringing visitors to the Expo site. As ridership slowed down after the Expo, system operations were eventually discontinued.

Year Opened (closed) 2008 (2011)
Distance (km) 1.2
Stations 2
Speed (m/s) 6.0
Capacity (pphpd) 2600
Fare round-trip (euros) 5


Photo (Plus Video) of the Week: Línea Azul Soars Above El Alto

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Linea Azul (Mi Teleferico Site)

Image from Mi Teleferico.



LEITNER Ropeways Improves Urban Mobility in Tuscany with PisaMover

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The automated PisaMover provides rapid transit to Galileo Galilei Airport. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

The PisaMover in Tuscany, Italy is the latest cable-drawn urban rail transport system built by LEITNER ropeways. The automated people mover was implemented as part of the City’s comprehensive infrastructure plans to enhance cycling, walking and public transit.

Officially inaugurated on March 18, 2017, the new 1,760m cable transport system was designed with MiniMetro technology and provides users with a direct five minute connection between the City’s main train station (Pisa Central), an intermediary 1,400 space car park (San Giusto/Aurelia) and Galileo Galilei airport. The PisaMover operates at speeds of up to 40km/h with vehicle capacities of 107 passengers per train (two trains of three connected cabins).

LEITNER ropeways collaborated with a diverse team of professionals which included Italian star architect Adolfo Natalini (vehicle and station design) and the University of Pisa (special vehicle bogy design for added comfort). LEITNER’s DirectDrive technology was used to maximize energy savings, emissions reduction and noise reduction.


PisaMover is projected to transport 2.0 – 2.6 million passengers each year. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

Before the PisaMover, passengers were subject to shuttle bus rides on congested roads between the train station and the airport. However with the introduction of the cable-drawn people mover, it will help reduce road traffic, enhance ride comfort and improve urban mobility.

This innovative transport line was built for 72 million Euros under a pubic-private-partnership arrangement between LEITNER ropeways and Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A., one of Italy’s largest construction companies. The system will be operated by the two companies for 33 years before it is transferred to the municipality of Pisa.


System: MiniMetro
Length (m): 1,760
Number of Vehicles: 2
Speed (km/h): Up to 40
Passenger Capacity: 107 persons per vehicle
Journey Time: 5 min (incl stop at mid-station)

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La Paz-El Alto: Two More Cable Transit Lines Set to Open in 2017

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The 2.6km Orange Line and 2.8km White Line will be Mi Teleferico’s 5th and 6th urban cable cars. Image by Mi Teleferico.

For Gondola Project readers and La Paz-El Alto residents, the recent inauguration of the Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Azul) is probably still very fresh in mind.

While the excitement has barely subsided, it might be easy to forget that the Blue Line is just the first of three Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) systems that are scheduled to open this year in the world’s highest metropolis.

Based on online reports, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja) and White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca) are both planned for inauguration by October and December respectively.

The Orange Line will travel in an east-west alignment and will connect to Red Line’s eastern terminus (Central) and the White Line’s northern terminus (Villaroel). From Villaroel, the White Line will travel in a north-south configuration with future integrations to the Brown Line (Spanish: Línea Café) and the Sky Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Celeste).

The opening of the Orange and White Line will create an integrated transport experience from El Alto to Miraflores/San Jorge in La Paz. Image by Mi Teleferico.

The opening of the Orange and White Line will create an integrated transport experience from El Alto to Miraflores/San Jorge in La Paz. Image by Mi Teleférico.

At the start of the month, the Orange Line’s electromechanical components being manufactured in Doppelmayr’s Austrian headquarters were reportedly fully built with 85% of the parts already shipped to La Paz. For the civil works, 40% is already completed while 2 of the 4 stations are 80% finished. For the White Line, the system is now more than 60% complete as of last month with 100% of the electromechanical equipment already mounted.

Central Station (dated Feb 2017). By SSC user Massaff.

The Orange Line’s Central Station (dated Feb 2017) will be integrated with the the Red Line (seen on the right). Image by SSC user Massaff.

The 2.8km White Line will travel along Busch Av with 133 cabins, providing a trip time of 13 minutes. Image from Mi Teleferico.

The 2.8km White Line will travel along Busch Av with 133 cabins, providing a trip time of 13 minutes. At the Villaroel terminal, it will also feautre the world’s first below grade urban gondola station. Image by Mi Teleférico.

At 2.6km and 2.8km respectively, the Orange Line and White Line can be considered “mid-sized” systems. Compared to the other existing urban gondolas in La Paz, the average length is ~3.7km. In terms of stations, both the upcoming systems should have fairly large catchment areas as they are built with 4 stations each — thereby putting it on par with the Green Line and Yellow Line which also have 4 stations per line.

While both these new CPT systems are impressive, one of the most exciting aspects of these 2017 projects relate to the network effects of connecting four urban cable lines together (Blue Line, Red Line, Orange Line and White Line).

Riders will be able to travel on a near seamless journey onboard 12.8km urban gondolas from the bustling markets in El Alto to the boroughs of Miraflores/San Jorge in La Paz in approximately 60 minutes.

All in all, before the end of 2017, more than 10km of new CPT lines will soar above La Paz-El Alto, making it one of, if not the busiest year of urban cable car construction in the City. The incredible pace of construction and the large volumes of passengers transported on Mi Teleférico demonstrates once again that ropeway technology is more than capable of functioning reliability and efficiently in an urban mass transit environment.

And when 2017 is in the books, the dizzying implementation speed of La Paz-El Alto’s transport plans will continue for at least 2 more years. By 2019, the full build out of the world’s largest urban gondola network is expected to reach more than 33km in length!





World Map Update: Urban Gondolas, Cable Cars and Cable Propelled Transit

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Spring has sprung so we decided to do some housekeeping at the Gondola Project and update our urban gondola map.

Since our last update in November 2016, we’ve documented another 19 new urban ropeway proposals  — pushing the total proposal list to over 140.

For new urban cable car lines, three systems have since opened for passenger service: 1) Línea H (Medellin); 2)Línea Azul (La Paz-El Alto); and 3) Eagle Skylift (Arthurs Seat).

Top right: Línea H. Top right: Línea Azul. Bottom: Eagle Skylift. Images by Metro Medellin, Mi Teleferico and ASEagle.

Top left: Línea H. Top right: Línea Azul. Bottom: Eagle Skylift. Images by Metro Medellin, Mi Teleferico and ASEagle.

Based on the compiled data, proposed systems ranged from simple 300m lines up to massive 42,000m ropeways spread over 20+ stations. Geographically, proposals were split into the following continents:

  • Africa: 4%
  • Asia: 18%
  • Australia: 5%
  • Europe: 34%
  • North America: 23%
  • South America: 16%

For those who peruse the map, it might be useful to keep in mind that proposals simply represent ones that have made a public announcement. Chances are, countless systems are currently being planned and designed without any public notification.

Furthermore, reader’s should note that the system’s documented (mostly) represent ropeways built in a non-ski lift/urban setting and are no longer limited to just mass transit cable cars. The map’s scope was expanded since the term Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) or mass transit cable cars was failing to fully capture all the ropeway activity happening in the urban market.

While we try our best to keep ourselves afloat with all the comings and goings of the industry, we certainly wouldn’t be able to compile everything without the help of our readers who’ve shared countless dozens of proposals/systems with us.

So, as always, if we’ve missed anything (and chances are that we have), please let us know!




  • Shin-Kobe Ropeway — Dossier
  • Constantine Cable Car — Dossier
  • Teleférico Metropolitano — Dossier
  • Yenimahalle – Sentepe (Ankara) Cable Car — Dossier





Doppelmayr Builds La Paz-El Alto’s Fourth Urban Cable Car: Blue Line (Línea Azul)

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The Blue Line inaugurated in El Alto with much anticipation and excitement. Image by Doppelmayr.

The Blue Line (Línea Azul) opened for passenger service with large celebrations around the city. Image by Doppelmayr.

Thanks to Doppelmayr Group, the world’s biggest urban cable car network (Mi Teleférico) in La Paz-El Alto is continuing to expand at record pace. On March 3, 2017, the 5-station Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Azul) opened for passenger service and extended rapid transit service into the highland communities of El Alto.

Built as the City’s fourth urban gondola, the 4.9km system is Mi Teleférico’s longest cable car system. The new gondola is directly connected with the existing Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) and provides a speedy and comfortable 20 minute aerial ride to the Jach’a Qhathu station.

With this new link, passengers can easily access the services, jobs and amenities located throughout La Paz and El Alto without the need to sit in the congested and narrow roadways underneath.


Blue Line (Línea Azul). Image by Doppelmayr.

The ropeway is the start of La Paz-El Alto’s formidable Phase II plans which totals $450 million and six urban cable cars. When Phase II is completed, the two Bolivian cities will be served by over 30km of urban gondolas and 26 stations!

10-MGD Blue Line (Section 1) 

Owner: Mi Teleférico
Location: El Alto (BOL)
Inclined Length: 3,170m
Vertical Rise: -40m
Capacity: 3,000 pphpd
Carriers: 136 ten-passenger cabins
Speed: 5.0 m/s
Trip Time: 13.62 min

10-MGD Blue Line (Section 2) 

Owner: Mi Teleférico
Location: El Alto (BOL)
Inclined Length: 1,723m
Vertical Rise: -21m
Capacity: 3,000 pphpd
Carriers: 72 ten-passenger cabins
Speed: 5.0 m/s
Trip Time: 7.17 min

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