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Feb 11, 2017
Case Studies, Georgia, Infrastructure, Installations

Tbilisi / Georgian Ropeways, Part 1.1

Update February 10, 2017: As we’ve alluded to in our original post, filtering and interpreting Soviet-era information with a high degree of precision is proving to be a little more challenging than we first expected.  To compound these difficulties, we’ve learned this week that much of the history for Georgian/Tbilisi ropeways may have been lost forever. During the tumultuous...

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Feb 03, 2017
Case Studies, Georgia, Infrastructure, Installations

Tbilisi / Georgian Ropeways, Part 1

In the 8 years in which the Gondola Project has been online, our team has been on a journey to uncover the secrets of the urban gondola world and to share that knowledge with our readers. Most recently, a fellow researcher has helped our team learn more about the fascinating passenger cable lifts in Georgia (the country, not...

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Sep 03, 2015
Case Studies, Infrastructure

Decaying Rail to Profitable Trail: Lessons From Walkway Over the Hudson

  OVERVIEW As an urban planner, I love coming across unique examples of transport infrastructure when I visit a city. The Walkway Over The Hudson (WOTH), a former steel rail bridge turned pedestrian path, is a great example of one of those instances. The bridge has a fascinating history and is a great example of how elevated...

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Sep 01, 2015
Case Studies, Installations

A Buono Example of Transit Integration

Lecco, Lombardia is a picturesque lake- and mountain-side town of about 50k inhabitants, located about 50km from central Milan. However, because this story is about transportation integration, let’s note that it’s exactly 39 minutes’ train ride from Milan’s magnificent Centrale station — and heavily populated enough to justify several dependable bus lines. Lecco has its...

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Jun 11, 2015
Case Studies

Coming Soon: Portugal’s Urban Cable Cars

As Steven hinted last week, I was on vacation in an unnamed locale doing a little sightseeing. Today, I’ve finally made the journey back and am just starting to settle in. Over the next weeks, I will have a few posts on two of mainland Portugal’s finest urban cable cars — the Telecabine Lisboa and...

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Nov 18, 2013
Case Studies, Monorails, Oddities, Other Transit Techs

Lyle Lanley From The Simpsons — Alive, Well and Building Monorails in Malaysia

In our never-ending quest to bring you the best and most unique transport stories, we were recently informed by a colleague of a curious transit system in Malaysia named the Malacca Monorail. Being true transit geeks (and huge fans of the Simpsons), we had no choice but to personally visit it ourselves. This 1.6km, 2...

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Oct 17, 2012
Case Studies, Installations

The Hauser Kaibling Aerial Tram — (Tauern Seilbahn)

This is a guest post by Ross Edgar. The Hauser Kaibling Aerial Tram is located just south east of Schladming in central Austria. The aerial tram takes passengers from the valley station at 810m to the summit station at 1836m. It was built in 1960. Although the cable system runs an impressive 3km up the...

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Oct 10, 2012
Aerial Trams, Case Studies, Design Considerations, Installations

Meran 2000 Bergbahn

There is more than one intriguing feature to the Meran 2000 Bergbahn, an aerial ropeway built in 2010 at the Merano 2000 ski resort in South Tyrol, Italy. At first the it may appear to be a simple (yet stunning) two-cabin tram — the stations are small, the system branded a vibrant red, and the...

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Apr 07, 2010
Case Studies, Gondola, Light Rail & Streetcars, Ogden Utah, Urban Planning & Design

Urban Gondolas in Ogden, Utah

My hunch is that many people stumble onto the topic of Cable Propelled Transit (and this website) by googling the words urban and gondola or urban gondola. If not, go ahead and try it and see what you come up with. I’ll wait . . . So what did you find? Likely you came upon several...

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Mar 01, 2010
Analysis, Cable Cars, Case Studies, Installations, Las Vegas, Urban Planning & Design

Mandalay Bay Cable Car, Part 1

I recently travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada to explore that city’s two public cable systems. This is Part 1 of a 3 Part report on the Mandalay Bay Cable Car. In the late 1990’s, the MGM group wanted to build a new casino in Las Vegas. The new casino – dubbed The Mandalay Bay –...

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