Dec 01, 2023
Weekly Roundup: Birthday Upgrades in the Works for Manakamana Cable Car
- Blue Mountain Resort considers adding a year-round gondola to the area. The new system would have its base station at the Plunge parking lot, allowing tourists and resort visitors to take the gondola up to the top of the mountain year-around. A new lodge would be constructed near the base station and feature different amenities. The project is currently going through the approval process.
- Manakamana cable car is undergoing upgrades following its 25th anniversary. The analog technology will be replaced with the newest digital system, D-Connect, from Doppelmayr. Other upgrades include replacing the control system, communication lines, cabins, and adjustments to the towers, all of which is estimated to be completed by 2024. These renovations are estimated to cost Rs 450 million ($5.4 million USD).
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- New Zealand considers cable car alternatives for transit solutions. The Urban Transport Solutions Report, released by Doppelmayr, proposes 10 cable car routes throughout Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The next phase for Doppelmayr is to find the best planning and transport agencies to partner with. The article goes into more detail on some of the specific alignments that are considered. It is also noted that there were 20 total alignments studied, with only half released in the report.