Photo of the Week: Portland Aerial Tram Turns 10!

Post by Nick Chu

Fun day with @cambriacsmith. We took a ride on this animal. #portland

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Happy birthday to @theportlandtram! 10 years young! #tramturns10

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Gothenburg Cable Car: Procurement Pre-Announcement

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Gothenburg Cable Car. Image by Göteborg Stads.

The urban gondola proposal in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg (pop: 500,000), made an exciting announcement this week. The Traffic & Public Transport Authority will release a tender in April 2017 to choose a team that will help guide the project from now until system opening.

The winning bidder will work with the contracting authority to finalize the feasibility study, develop a timeline and prepare detailed designs for construction. Assuming the proposal is approved and investment is secured, the second phase of the tender (for cable car construction) will be activated.

The Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system is currently designed as a 3km Tricable Detachable Gondola (3S/TDG) connecting Järntorget to Wieselgrensplatsen with mid-stations at Lindholmen and Lundby. It will travel at heights of 75m across the Göta Älv river with an hourly capacity of 2,000. This urban ropeway is envisioned to open by June 2021 as part of Gothenburg’s  Quadricentennial celebrations.

If everything goes according to plan, Gothenburg could be one of the world’s first cities to implement a 3S system for public transit use.

For more information about the project, click here.




Will Chiatura Become a Force Again in the World of Urban Gondolas?

Post by Nick Chu

This may surprise some readers, but Chiatura — a small mining town of 15,000 residents in Georgia — was once a major urban cable car hub. 

Not only was it home to the Soviet Union’s first passenger ropewaybut the city (at one time) may have had the most cable transit lines per capita in the world. 

Chiatura’s love affair with cable cars began in the 1950s when Soviet officials decided to implement ropeways as an efficient way to traverse the town’s rugged and steep river valley. The cable lifts were designed to transport workers living in the valley to the industrial facilities located at the top.

According to some estimates, some 12-17 ropeways are still operational today. However, most of the systems are in dire need of upgrades and fail to meet modern safety standards.

In recent years, passenger service on some cable lifts have been suspended while the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia started plans to rehabilitate and reconstruct the city’s once majestic aerial fleet. Last week, the government released a video and images showing the public its current plans. 

The new investment totalled four lines which was spread over 3,428m of ropeways.

  • Sanatorium (სანატორიუმი) – 862m
  • Naguti (ნაგუთი) – 1,081m
  • Lezhubani (ლეჟუბანი) – 845m
  • Mukhadze (მუხაძე ) – 640m
Ropeway map. Image from mrdi.gov.ge.

Ropeway map shows Sanatorium, Naguti and Lezhubani lines. Note the main hub will be connected to 3 cable cars. The Mukhadze line is not shown. Image from mrdi.gov.ge.

Central Station - Chiatura

The central station is built to accommodate 3 separate gondola lines. Image from mrdi.gov.ge.

At the time of writing, it appears that the ropeways operating from the “central station” are already under construction while the Mukhadze system is still in the design stage. Overall, if everything goes according to plan, the US$15 million (GEL 40 million) project will open for passenger service by Fall 2017.

For more photos and information about the project, click here

A big thank you to Gondola Project reader, Irakli Ika, for the sharing with us the links and translations. If there is anything we missed, or misinterpreted, let us know in the comments below, message us on Facebook, or email us at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



Photo of the Week: Mi Teleférico

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Nosso amor nas alturas! #bolivia #lapaz #miteleferico #momentostensos #tarapidodemaisamor #kkkkk

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System Dossier: Teleférico Metropolitano (Santiago Cable Car)

Post by Jonathan Brodie

Teleférico Metropolitano of Santiago. Image by Wikipedia user Sfs90.

Parque Metropolitano – located in the Chilean capital of Santiago – is the fourth largest urban park in the world encompassing over 700 acres of land. Attractions, such as the Japanese botanical gardens and the National Zoo provide opportunities for leisurely fun and relaxation. Adding to the park’s appeal is the Teleférico Metropolitano, a cable car system providing transportation throughout the park allowing riders to experience its luscious gardens and pools from an aerial perspective.

Originally constructed in 1980, the Teleférico Metropolitano operated for 29 years before mechanical failures prompted the gondola’s indefinite suspension. However, through public financing, the gondola was ultimately re-opened in 2016. This upgraded cable car line is an MDG system, which is common amongst modern cable car systems. The gondola’s O&M contract was awarded to Chilean tour and excursion agency, Turistk — the same company who operates Funicular Santiago and the city’s Hop-On, Hop-off buses.

A round trip takes approximately 15 minutes and passes through 3 stations: Oasis, Tupahue, and Cumbre – all newly renovated for the re-opening of the cable car. The name of the station Cumbre translated to English means Summit. This indicates the station’s location on top of the Cerro San Cristóbal – a hill overlooking the city and site of the Virgin Mary Statue. Since opening in late November, the cable car has attracted over 80,000 riders in a month. It’s safe to say that many locals and tourists are happy that one of Santiago’s great icons is back!

Year opened (new) 2016
Length (km) 2
Line capacity (pphpd) 1000
Stations 3
Speed (m/s) 5


Photo of the Week: Yeosu Cable Car (여수해상케이블카)

Post by Nick Chu

#여수케이블카 #여수여행 #여수케이블카🚠 #여수여행코추천 #돌산공원

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Learn About Urban Gondolas and Innovative Mobility Solutions

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Deadline for course application is January 20, 2017.

Great opportunity to learn more about state-of-the-art transportation systems. 

UN-Habitat is hosting an innovative mobility course at their Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM).

The course will provide participants with firsthand knowledge of sustainable transportation solutions such as cable cars, bus rapid transit, non-motorized transport, and much more.

Those lucky enough to be selected will participate in online training sessions as well as a 5-day workshop and field visit. While UN-Habitat does not specify what transport systems will be studied, it did mention a tour of Koblenz, Germany. And for those who are familiar with gondolas, it’s probably safe to say that a visit to the world’s first ropeway designed with “urban concept” cabins — the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn — will take place.

The application deadline is January 20, 2017 so don’t dawdle!

PS: did we mention that all costs for accommodations in Europe will be covered? :)

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