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Oct 14, 2016
Installations, Maokong Taipei, Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week: Maokong Gondola

A 4.0km urban cable car located in the Taiwanese capital which transports riders throughout the mountainous recreation area of Maokong. Learn more here. Lush green mountain sides above Taipei as seen from the Maokong Gondola #taipei #maokonggondola #maokong #taipeicity #cablecar #taiwan #taiwanese #iseetaiwan #forest #trees #picoftheday #instadaily #instatravel #instagood #instalike #travel #travelgram #travelphotography #traveler #traveling...

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Jan 22, 2016
Economics, Maokong Taipei

Fair Fares – Maokong Gondola

The Maokong Gondola (Taipei, Taiwan) announced last December its intention to raise fares in the new year. These plans were officially confirmed by the city government in a news release this week. Depending on the number of stations a passenger travels to, fares will increase by 130-150%. This might sound like a lot, but in reality...

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Dec 08, 2015
Maokong Taipei, Public Transit, Questions, Singapore Cable Car

How to Price Your Urban Cable Car

It’s hard to blame officials in some cities for treating the fare structure of new public transport line as an afterthought. It’s not sexy stuff. However, for urban cable cars, the failure to put the time and energy to develop a proper fare model may ultimately hinder the project’s success. Whether your envisioned CPT line...

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Dec 09, 2013
Just For Fun, Maokong Taipei

Will Hello Kitty Rescue Taipei’s Maokong Gondola?

We’ve had a lego cable car. Then we had an Angry Birds themed cable car. We’ve even had a sauna gondola. But this is unique. Last week the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) relaunched the under-performing Maokong Gondola under a year-long promotion called “The Year of Hello Kitty.” The themed attraction is (natch) a Hello Kitty...

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Nov 11, 2013
Maokong Taipei

Zhinan Temple Station, Maokong Gondola

This is the Zhinan Temple Station of the Maokong Gondola in Taipei. It’s fascinating, if for no other reason than it makes me wonder whether or not the above station design helps or hinders our efforts. On the one hand, it’s an incredibly unique station design that is has a decidedly urban feel and characteristic—despite...

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Jul 20, 2012
London Cable Car, Maokong Taipei, Oakland Airport Connector, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: New Metro Cable in India?

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit: This is a system we’ve not yet heard about, but apparently, there are already eight firms bidding for the right to install a new “Metro Cable” system in Shillong, India. This...

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Sep 10, 2010
Maokong Taipei

The Maokong Gondola

A month ago I asked people for information about 9 relatively unknown or isolated cable systems around the world. Marielle Brown offered to write a guest post about the troubled Maokong Gondola in Taipei and I was more than happy to accept. The Maokong Gondola originally opened in July 2007, but was closed shortly after in...

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Apr 10, 2010
Gondola, Maokong Taipei, Media & Blogs

The City Fix

Over at The City Fix, Megan McConville has a great piece on cable transit called Up, Up and Away in a Cable Car. It’s an excellent analysis of the technology that talks extensively about the management difficulties and poor decision-making behind the Maokong Gondola in Taipei. Well worth the read and very informative for cities...

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