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Feb 15, 2011
Medellin MetroCable

Video: Urban Gondola Transit in Medellin

A great documentary report from Deutsche Welle on the Medellin Metrocable. Not only does it focus on the time-savings of the system, but also how Medellin’s system qualifies for carbon-trading schemes to offset O&M costs. Thanks to Günther Ecker for passing along this link!

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Dec 23, 2010
Capabilities & Competencies, Caracas Metrocable, Medellin MetroCable

Dwell Times

True story: While I was touring the Caracas Metrocable earlier this year, myself and my guide were joined by an elderly gentleman in our gondola. Via my guide, I asked the man how he felt about the system. Did he like it? Any complaints? He said he loved it – except for all the time...

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Dec 22, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Constantine Telepherique, Medellin MetroCable, Teleférico do Complexo do Alemao

The Problem With Metrocables

There’s no nice way to say this, but here goes: Had the Metrocables of Medellin and Venezuela been built in a place like Denver, Copenhagen or Zurich, this conversation about cable transit would be entirely different than it is now. Cities would be building these things faster than the industry could keep up. We wouldn’t...

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Oct 22, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Constantine Telepherique, Funivia del Renon, Medellin MetroCable, Portland Aerial Tram, Roosevelt Island Tram

The 7 Most Important Aerial Cable Systems In The World (For Various Reasons)

Others might disagree with my selection, but if you’re new to the world of Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) and Urban Gondolas, these are the 7 aerial systems you need to know about:

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Aug 26, 2010
Medellin MetroCable

Medellin Metrocable Victim of Collateral Damage

Colombia Reports is reporting that Medellin’s Metrocable Linea K has been suspended due to damage from gunfire. It seems that recent economic troubles in Colombia coupled with increasing tensions between the La Agonia and La Divisa gangs exploded on Tuesday in a hail of bullets. The neighborhood of Santo Domingo (where Linea K exists) was...

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Jul 23, 2010
Medellin MetroCable, Urban Planning & Design

Things Spread Quickly

Last month CUP conducted a study of all planned, conceived or under-construction cable systems in South America. Our findings shocked even us: Almost 5 dozen systems are in the works on that continent and that number doesn’t even include Brazil (because of the Portuguese language issues – as in, we don’t speak Portuguese), the largest...

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Apr 30, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Medellin MetroCable, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Being First

It’s only a matter of time before someone builds an urban gondola or Cable Propelled Transit system in your world. It’s only a matter of when, where and whose first. I know this because I read dozens of documents and reports from amateurs and professionals alike, answer a fair bit of email and listen to...

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Apr 06, 2010
Analysis, Medellin MetroCable

Eyes On The Street

In her seminal work The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urban theorist Jane Jacobs declared that a safe street or neighborhood was one that had plenty of “eyes” on it. That is, the more people use a street, the safer it becomes. Criminals, after all, don’t like the prying eyes of strangers and...

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Mar 18, 2010
Gondola, Medellin MetroCable, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin Metro Map

At the request of one reader, here’s a map of Metro Medellin including Metrocable lines and their transfer points to the Metro system as a whole.

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