20
May

2022

Weekly Roundup: France Opens First 3S Public Transit System in the World

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Video by Mairie de Toulouse showing France’s Teleo in action!



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13
May

2022

Weekly Roundup: Iconic Aerial Tramway, Big Red, to Reopen

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The iconic aerial tramway known as Big Red will reopen for summer operations this year at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Photo from Wikimedia) (CC BY-SA 3.0)



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06
May

2022

Weekly Roundup: Winter Park Resort Master Plan Includes Three-Gondola System

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Winter Park Resort Ski Village, Colorado (Photo from Wikimedia) (CC BY-SA 2.0)



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29
Apr

2022

Weekly Roundup: Sky Safari Cable Car Set to Undergo $81M Upgrade

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Sky Safari Cable Car at Taronga Zoo in Sydney (Photo from: Wikimedia Commons)(CC BY-SA 4.0)



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22
Apr

2022

Weekly Roundup: Ropeway Systems in Cold Weather

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Ski lift with ice and snow on ropeway (Picture by LalouBLue) (CC0 1.0)
  • TransLink‘s 10 year plan includes the Burnaby Mountain Gondola. TransLink and the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transport have announced the first set of priorities for their Transport 2050 strategy. The plan includes doubling regional bus services, nine zero-emission buses on traffic-separated lanes, the Burnaby Mountain Gondola to Simon Fraiser University, and a rapid transit connection to the North Shore. See a related Weekly Roundup here. The parent company of the Gondola Project, SCJ Alliance, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.
  • Ever wonder how ropeway systems with cold weather conditions clear the ropes of rime ice, the type of ice that forms when supercooled water liquid droplets freeze onto surfaces? Here is a video of how the wheels knock off the ice when the ropes pass by. Sometimes operators must climb towers to ensure the wheels are not frozen and rotating before opening to the public. The video doesn’t specify the system, but it is believed to be the Sandia Peak Tramway in New Mexico.
  • A ropeway system to the Our Lady of the Rockies monument has been discussed for years, but in recent year’s interest has grown. . Currently a tramway and pulse gondola or monocable detachable gondola (MDG) are being studied to determine which is the right fit. The MDG is the recommended alternative, but the ultimate decision has not been made. The MDG is estimated to have a capital cost of $23-$29 million plus an annual operational cost of $3-$4 million. For the tramway and pulse gondola option it is estimated to have a capital cost of $36-$45 million plus an annual operational cost of $4-$5 million. The Lady is currently only reached with a bus tour that takes two and half hours and runs from summer to early fall. The parent company of the Gondola Project, SCJ Alliance, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.



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15
Apr

2022

Weekly Roundup: Juneau, Alaska to begin gondola negotiations

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Eagle Crest Ski Area, Juneau, Alaska (Photo by: Jsayre64) (CC BY-SA 3.0)


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11
Apr

2022

Weekly Roundup: Oregon Ski Area Receives US Forest Service Approval for Master Plan

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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has received approval from the US Forest Service for their master plan. Photo by Wikimedia (GNU Free Documentation License)


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