Jan 12, 2024
Weekly Roundup: Sports-Centered People Mover Coming Soon to Inglewood, California
Image credits to Ron Reiring (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.
- Half of the funding has been secured for new people mover in Inglewood, California. The automated train will serve as a connector between SoFi Stadium and the Intuit Dome, the Los Angeles Clippers’ new arena. $1 billion in funding has been secured from the federal government, which will cover half the needed cost. The automated train will be 1.6 miles long and will have a capacity of 11,000 passengers per hour (pph).
- The Centennial Express officially opens at Brundage Mountain in Idaho. The new Doppelmayr high-speed-quad has replaced the old Centennial Triple and decreased the ride time from 16 to six minutes. With the opening of the new lift, Brundage Mountain now has two high-speed quads on its front side. The new lift replaced the old alignment and takes skiers from the base to the upper ridge.
- Heavenly Resort in California closes Heavenly Gondola due to a mechanical issue. The gondola maintenance team, working with the lift manufacturer and project engineer, found an issue with “one of the bearings in the high-speed shaft.” The resort assures that the gondola was not operated unsafely, and they will be replacing the bearings before re-opening. In a more recent update, the gondola should be up and running again within the week.
- Austrian ski resort gondola cabin falls after tree strikes the line, injuring four passengers in Tyrol. The tree fell on the Acherkogelbahn line, damaged the grip of the cabin, and caused the cabin to fall about 23-33 feet to the forest floor. The location of the gondola cabin made it nearly inaccessible. The family inside was injured and airlifted from the crash with one in critical condition. The cause of the tree fall is unknown but experts investigating the incident say “nothing points to a technical or human failure.”