04
Oct

2017

Caribbean’s First Urban Gondola to Open in December — Santo Domingo Teleférico

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Cabins on the Santo Domingo Cable Car (Teleférico de Santo Domingo) sport the national colours of the Dominican Republic — red, white and blue. Image from PresidenciaRD.

With all the celebrations happening last week for the Orange Line in La Paz, we nearly forgot about another exciting cable car project currently underway — the Santo Domingo Cable Car (Spanish: Teleférico de Santo Domingo).

Located in the Dominican Republic’s capital city, reports online suggest this new Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) line is now 75% complete. This week the pilot cable is being pulled and if everything goes according to plan, the cable car will officially open its doors to passengers in December.

At 5km in length, this aerial lift will be one of the longest CPT systems in the world — on par with La Paz’s 5km Blue Line. The ropeway was first conceptualized in 2014 as part of President Danilo Medina’s Rehabilitation program which aimed to improve quality of life for those living in Barquita and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

While the urban gondola was designed to solve a multitude of problems, its primary objectives were to decrease social segregation, enhance mobility and to incorporate disadvantaged neighbourhoods into the city proper.

Technicians performing tests on cable car to ensure maximum safety and reliability. Image from PresidenciaRD.

The Santo Domingo cable car employed over 500 local workers. Image from PresidenciaRD.

Due to poor road connectivity and conditions, land based transport was ineffective and commuters faced long travel times. In particular, traffic bottlenecks at the Jacinto J Peynado and Sabana Perdida bridges exacerbated congestion. Officials estimate that out of the community’s 287,000 residents, 65% do not own a vehicle while 80% are reliant upon  unregulated local transit modes such as motorcycle/car taxis.

To solve these problems, the government released a tender for the construction of the cable car in early 2015 where French ropeway manufacturer, POMA, secured the US$65 million (RD$3 billion) project. Unfortunately, while the system broke ground in January 2016,  construction works experienced a number of delays due to land acquisition difficulties. Luckily though, it appears most of these disputes have now been largely resolved.

Once construction and testing is complete in December, the 4-station cable car will span the Ozama river and serve three districts: Santo Domingo Norte, Santo Domingo Este, and Distrito Nacional. At the Gualey terminal, users will be able to directly connect to the Eduardo Brito Metro station via an underground tunnel. Users are projected to reduce their daily commute times by 30 minutes while spending 70% less on a transit ticket (US$0.40/RD$20).

Opening Dec 2017
Length (km) 5
Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Speed (m/s) 5.0
Cabin capacity 10
Travel Time 20 mins


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29
Sep

2017

Commercial Operations Begin for Orange Line (Línea Naranja), La Paz’s Fifth Urban Gondola

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With the opening of the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja), La Paz is one step closer to completing the city’s urban cable car masterplan — Metropolitan Integration Network (Spanish: Red de Integración Metropolitana or RIM).

After Bolivian President Evo Morales inspected the system on Wednesday, the 2.6km Orange Line became the fifth system in La Paz to start commercial operations (the second system this year after the 5km Blue Line) and is one of eleven Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines found in the RIM masterplan.

Designed with a capacity of 3,000 pphpd and 127 cabins, the new ropeway is projected to transport 25,000 – 30,000 passengers daily. Since the system is connected with the Red Line and upcoming White Line (due to open in March 2017), officials estimate that it will spur many more trips.

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27
Sep

2017

Orange Line (Línea Naranja) Welcomes President Morales

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Ahead of its commercial opening on Friday, La Paz/El Alto’s newest urban gondola, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja), was inspected by the Bolivian president yesterday. Built at a cost of $66 million, the 2.6km system will operate at a capacity of 3,000 pphpd with 127 cabins and 26 towers.

Riders will be able to access four new stations — Central (Taypi Uta), Armentia (Riosinho Pampa), Periférica (Apachita) and Villaroeal (Héroes de la Revolución) — and travel the length of the system in just 9.5 minutes.

Once the upcoming White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca) is opened in the near future, it will be possible to conveniently transfer between three different urban gondola lines.

The Doppelmayr-built system features state-of-the-art ropeway technology where cabins are designed with surveillance cameras, free wifi, lighting, communication systems and solar panels.

Journalists and local leaders/tastemakers, such as Gato Chef, also joined the President in the pre-celebrations yesterday before the line officially opens on Friday. Until then, check out some of the photos and videos below.



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21
Sep

2017

LEITNER Ropeways Modernizes Dorfbahn Serfaus

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Serfaus Dorfbahn. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

After 32 years of operations, the Dorfbahn Serfaus is now undergoing a full modernization program. This underground funicular, located in the popular Austrian ski town of Serfaus, operates on a bed of air cushion. It was built in 1986 to reduce traffic congestion in the village, replace crowded buses and to serve as a last mile solution between a car park and ski facilities.

LEITNER ropeways was chosen by Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH to conduct this program of work due to its specialized expertise in cable propelled solutions and air cushion technology. The company is responsible for all technical ropeway services which means the new funicular will be equipped with LEITNER’s quiet and sustainable DirectDrive and user-friendly LEITControl systems. In addition, the company will design and install the funicular’s communication, platform information, video and emergency radio systems.

With LEITNER’s latest air cushion and special DirectDrive technology, these innovative features will maximize safety, efficiency and comfort. Modernized air cushion technology ensures that funicular operations remain silent and with minimal vibrations as it travels underneath the village. The Dorfbahn Serfaus will also be the first DirectDrive installed on a standing traction sheave.

Construction of the funicular will be split into three phases with the system scheduled to open in 2019. Once implementation works are complete, the funicular’s capacity will be increased by 50% to 3,000 passengers per hour per direction.

To learn more about LEITNER ropeways and the Dorfbahn Serfaus, click here.


STATS

Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Speed (m/s) 11
Drive Power (kw) 1,500
Length (m) 1,290
Stations 4
Vehicle Trainset with 3 individual cars
Drive system LEITNER DirectDrive

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17
Sep

2017

La Paz’s Fifth Gondola to Open Ahead of Schedule on September 29

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Orange Line. Image from Mí Teleférico.

The manager of La Paz’s Mi Teleférico urban gondola system, César Dockweiler, officially announced that the city will open its fifth urban gondola system, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja) on September 29. This is a (few) week(s) ahead of schedule as the system’s original inauguration date was supposed to be in October.

Once opened, this means that three Cable Propelled Transit lines will be connected together. With improved connectivity, passengers on the Blue Line’s (Spanish: Línea Azul) western terminus, Wana Jawira station in El Alto, can travel through 9.7km of urban gondolas via the Red Line before arriving at the Orange Line’s eastern terminus, Villarroel.

The cable car operator has invited all residents to celebrate this momentous occasion by gathering at Plaza Villaroel, the Orange Line’s eastern terminus and future interchange station with the White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca).

To follow live updates from the world’s largest urban gondola network, check out their Twitter or Facebook page. We will be sure to provide any new photos and information as it comes!



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16
Sep

2017

Photo of the Week: Rittner Seilbahn / Funivia del Renon

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14
Sep

2017

Doppelmayr Trains Next Generation of Ropeway Specialists

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Doppelmayr’s new apprentices for 2017. Image from Doppelmayr.

A new team of students officially began their apprenticeship this month at Doppelmayr’s headquarters in Wolfurt, Austria. As part of their vocational training, 34 young men and women will learn the ins and outs of ropeway design through educational programs related to electrical engineering, metalworking, mechanical engineering, mechatronics and machining engineering.

With the additional students from the 2017 class, a record 104 apprentices are now honing their craft at Doppelmayr. Apprenticeships are a longstanding tradition at the world’s largest ropeway company and have been instrumental to its success since the business was established in 1893. Company founder, Konrad Doppelmayr, himself was an apprentice to a village blacksmith during the early stages of his career.

These students, at just 15 or 16 years old, spend one day at school and four days at Doppelmayr. For many of them, these apprenticeships are the start of an exciting and rewarding career in the cable car industry. For those interested in training with Doppelmayr, please contact Mrs. Renate Prinz from Apprentice Training by telephone (05574/604-1059) or email (renate.prinz@doppelmayr.com).

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