Nov 27, 2023
Weekly Roundup: Italian Gondola to Transport Produce, Not People, in the Works
Image credits to Philip Bouchard (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED), via Flickr.
- Wyler Aerial Tramway will soon be up and running again in El Paso, TX. TPWD is partnering with Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority to get the tramway back into commission. The system originally ran as a popular attraction for tourists, ferrying visitors to the top of Ranger Peak to enjoy the spanning views. The tramway operated as a Texas State Park for 17 years, but was suddenly shut down due to safety concerns. Phase One of the park’s refurbishment is estimated to take two years to complete and includes rebuilding the roadway around the tramway park. Phase Two of the park’s revamping would include another tramway for passengers in addition to the existing system.
- A cable car is coming to Dubai Mountain Peak in Hatta, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is building a gondola system that will pass over the Hatta Dam Lake and the Upper Dam Lake before reaching the summit of Um Al Nesoor, the highest natural summit in Dubai. The system will be 5.4 kilometers long and was shown off alongside a new hydroelectric power plant.
- An exciting proposal – cable cars to be used in an adapted system to transport Italian apples. The system would be the first of its kind anywhere in the world and would transport Melinda apples from its packhouse up 1,300 meters to a storage facility in a close-by mountain. The system would reduce the company’s emissions significantly by saving around 6,000 truck journeys. The system will travel at 5 meters per second and have a capacity of 460 containers (150 tons of apples) per hour. More than €4 million will be paid for by the government.