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Apr 26, 2018
Education, Safety

Photos: Annual Safety Training and Evacuation Exercises in Grenoble

Aerial ropeways are amongst the safest, if not the safest forms of transport in the world. For those who work with cable transport, they will personally understand and acknowledge that there is a deeply embedded culture of safety where passenger security is prioritized first and foremost. While aerial lifts rarely suffer any mechanical or electronic failures...

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Apr 21, 2018
Design Considerations, Education, History

Nostalgic Carrier Designs

Many modern urban ropeways and their manufacturers are easily recognizable based purely from their cabin designs. For instance, monocable detachable gondolas (MDGs) built by Doppelmayr use the OMEGA carriers from CWA while the Leitner Group (Leitner ropeways and Poma) uses the Diamond cabins from Sigma. However, before the industry experienced a flurry of mergers at/near the turn...

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Mar 07, 2018
360° Videos, Education, Thoughts

Next-Gen Gondola Education: Virtual Reality and 360° Videos

— Perhaps it’s a little hard to imagine nowadays, but nine years ago when we first started this blog, easily accessible information on urban gondolas was difficult to find. Valuable materials were mostly hidden away in educational depositories such as the Colorado School of Mines and/or in untranslatable foreign language articles. However, as the internet has by...

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Dec 27, 2017
Education, Infrastructure, Research & Development

5 Top Urban Gondola (and Ropeway Related) Stories in 2017

The last 12 months has been an another eventful year for urban gondola systems and ropeway technology in general. La Paz’s continued expansion of its massive gondola network combined with a flurry of proposals worldwide has made 2017 another incredible year. In this post, we take a moment to review some of the biggest events...

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Jul 20, 2017

Small Swiss Ropeways Threatened

— To many visitors and locals, aerial ropeways are considered an integral part of Switzerland’s cultural identity. Since the country’s first cable driven system was built in 1866, Switzerland has designed some of the world’s most unique and spectacular cable systems. Today, despite having just a population of just 8.3 million, more than 1,700 ropeways...

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Mar 12, 2017
Education, History, Media & Blogs, Research & Development, Thoughts

Reaction: Cable Cars Are Changing the World

It’s no secret that with the rise of the 24-hour news cycle and the collapse of advertising revenues, journalistic standards and intellectual rigour have been on the decline across the publishing spectrum. As such, when journalist Duncan Geere of How We Get to Next requested an interview of me on the subject of urban cable...

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Jun 07, 2016

This is How You Install a 50-ton Cable

Gore Mountain installs a new cable for the Northwoods Gondola If you are curious about the process of changing a 50-ton gondola cable, check this out! We’re always working hard to make your mountain even better. Posted by Gore Mountain on Monday, June 6, 2016

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Aug 12, 2014

Improving Transit Culture – Cultivating A Sense of Ownership and Pride

Post by Mauricio Miranda.  For years, we have witnessed the rise of cable car technology as a game changer in the realm of urban transportation. And in some cities, certain transit agencies are now aiming to create a more personal connection between the gondola networks they’ve built and the people they serve. In Medellin and...

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Nov 28, 2013
Education, Photo of the Week, Stations

Google Transit View: Rail, Subway, Airports and… Cable Cars!

We briefly interrupt our scheduled Photo of the Week with an exciting new development from Google. Starting today, the search engine will let users preview dozens of major global transit locations worldwide with their newest Street View function. This includes 16 airports, 50+ train stations and get this, even the Ngong Ping 360 and Peak Tram in Hong...

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Oct 30, 2013
Education, Singapore Cable Car

Old School Fare Infographic: Singapore Cable Car

The Singapore Cable Car is quite the urban gondola and is known for being a pioneer in many regards. To name a few: it was the first to cross a major harbour, the first to have a glass bottom floor cabin and was the first to have an aerial sky dining experience. And because it...

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