Posts Tagged: Gondola

18
Oct

2012

4 Hour Cable Car Queue During China’s Golden Week Holiday

Regular ticket lineup on a cable car system (Ngong Ping 360). Image by Flickr user Parka81.

Generally speaking, boarding a gondola is a rather straightforward process. You stand in line, purchase a ticket and hop into a cabin.

Yet this seemingly painless exercise unfortunately becomes a little bit more difficult (to say the least) when an entire country of 1.3 billion tries to go on vacation all at once.

During China’s national holiday week in October this year, Mount Tai – one of China’s Sacred Mountains – saw a massive influx of 65,000 visitors on a single day. As a result, the cable car system was completely and utterly overwhelmed. Since visitors had to choose from either a: 1) a 10 minute cable ride; or 2) a 10 hour “5000 step” hike, many were left with no choice but to queue for four hours.

And in case you’re curious about how a four hour line up looks like, here’s an example:

So where do I start lining up? Image from news.hexun.com.

It’s probably safe to say that the operators who originally built this modest 2km system back in 1983 probably didn’t see this coming. Remember that it wasn’t until the late seventies when the country first reopened its doors and started greeting domestic and international tourists.

So while I can’t see myself ever standing in line for four hours, it may have been worth the time for those who waited it out. From the looks of it, this ride really does treat tourists to some pretty spectacular and breathtaking views. Check it out.

Taishan cable car. Image from www.000219.com/.

Image by Flickr user jin_alli.



I’m not sure about you guys, but visiting this place is definitely something that I’d like to cross off my bucket list – I just gotta remind myself to not go in October.

And if for some reason you wanted to see more jaw-dropping pictures of over a billion people on vacation, click here.



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26
Jul

2012

Gondolas & Proposals

 

She said yes! Image from rooseveltislander.blogspot.ca/.

From a technical standpoint, we know that urban gondolas can provide many distinct advantages (think low headways, high capacities and etc.). But what about the less tangible technological benefits?

We often argue that cable transit has the ability to appeal to the psychological and emotional aspects of riding transit. Now as a case in point, we found evidence of this.

Earlier this month, a young man decided to propose to his girlfriend on the Roosevelt Island Tram – a very creative gesture to say the least. Or is it?

Now I don’t want to take anything away from the RIT proposal, but a quick google search shows that cable car operators around the world are already well aware of this phenomenon. And who can blame them? The panoramic views and privacy offered by a gondola cabin is almost entirely conducive to this type of behaviour. For instance, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, the Ngong Ping 360, and Singapore Cable Car all suggest and recommend that a marriage proposal on their system is an unforgettable, romantic and surefire way to get your partner to say yes.

So while I thought CPT was the only transit type fit for this type of job, I couldn’t have been more wrong. But let’s take a step back here and hopefully I don’t start a technology war by asking this.

Wouldn’t you much prefer your significant other pop the question on a gondola than a bus?



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13
Jul

2012

Weekly Roundup: La Paz, Bolivia plans 10km of cable.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit:

The bill to authorize the implementation of the CPT lines was approved yesterday in Bolivia’s House of Representatives. Image from la-razon.com.

  • La Paz will soon become the fourth major city in South America to build CPT. There are 3 systems planned. The total length of the lines are approximately 10km and the total investment is worth USD $234 million.


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01
Jun

2012

Weekly Roundup

A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • New cable car project has been announced in Sarawak, Malaysia which will see it connect Pantai Damai and Kampung Pasir Panjang.
  • Since opening in 2003, the Rain Forest Aerial Tram in Dominica has announced that it will now close. Slow tourism numbers has affected operations and the system is reported to be in severe debt.
  • The Telluride gondola suffered a minor malfunction this week and 9 passengers and a dog has to be rescued. This is the first time the system required an evacuation since its opening in 1996.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tram was temporarily closed when a truck crashed into a telephone pole, indirectly knocking out power to the Aerial Tram. The system is due to reopen on Tuesday.


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09
Mar

2012

Weekly Roundup – Centennial Celebrations for Sugarloaf Cable Car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Since its inception 100 years ago, the Sugarloaf Cable Car has transported over 37 million passengers. Image by Wikipedia.

A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • Originally built in 1912, the Sugarloaf Cable Car is officially a centenarian. To this day, it continues to be one of top attractions for tourists in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Following the footsteps of other zoos (i.e. Kolmarden Wildlife Park in Sweden), the Oakland Zoo expansion plan includes a proposal for an aerial gondola. Concerns have been raised on whether a new gondola system is a fiscally responsible option at this time.
  • An aerial gondola line traversing Cheddar Gorge appears to be gaining traction in Somerset, UK. The cable lift is intended to reinvigorate interest and tourism within the surrounding site as visitor numbers have plummeted since the 90s.
  • Ngong Ping 360 cable is expected to reopen near Easter.


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29
Feb

2012

Gondola Tunes

In Aspen you can play your iPod in a gondola. Just hope none of your friends want to listen to Nickelback... Image by The Ski Channel.

Commuting to work on public transit can give you a chance to catch up on sleep , read, do work, avoid the hassle of finding parking, etc etc. However, it can also be stressful — overcrowding, lack of personal space and unfamiliarity with transit routes can all be frustrating.

But now the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen, Colorado may offer a simple improvement by letting riders play their own music. That’s right, each cabin features an onboard MP3 dock. One reason this works is because a gondola is a small, contained vehicle. While you’d never get an entire subway train to agree to a song or even genre of music, if you were commuting with a small group of friends or acquaintances,a consensus is most likely reached.

While this add-on is no panacea to the ills of riding transit and could potentially be a source of irritation to some passengers, it does demonstrate the opportunities for personalizing travel experiences, especially with CPT technology.

Who wouldn’t want to add a little fun and enjoyment to their daily commute? Now the only problem will be deciding on who’s Ipod to use…

Thanks goes to Anna Hill for informing us of this system. 

 

 



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10
Feb

2012

Weekly Roundup – Urban Gondola and Cable Car Trend Continues to Gain Steam Across Canada

A gondola proposal in Winnipeg is estimated to cost $33 million. Image by CBC.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit.



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