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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 29, 2010
Analysis, Gondola, Grindelwald First, Installations, Research Issues, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Tiny Observations & Cable Propelled Transit

We can use ski lifts as transit!?! That’s a Eureka Moment and one that’s been happening to the urban transit community for the last 10 years. It’s big, it’s profound and it’s exciting. It’s also unwieldily and awkward because too much has been left uncovered and left unsaid. There are too many questions, too many...

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Mar 25, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Caracas Mount Avila, Gondola, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin/Caracas, Part 7

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed something problematic about the Caracas Metrocable: The stations are enormous. We’re not talking about just “big” here. We’re talking about “big enough for Cirque du Soleil to perform in.” This is because the stations themselves are not really stations at all. Whut? Exactly. In actuality, the Caracas...

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Mar 23, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Gondola, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin/Caracas, Part 6

Like the Medellin Metrocable, the Caracas Metrocable is a MDG system, the most basic of aerial Cable Propelled Transit technologies. It is fully-integrated into the local Metro system, has a maximum operating speed of 18 km/hr, a capacity of 3,000 pphpd and is 1.8 km long. Vehicles can carry 8 sitters and 2 standees. The...

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Mar 22, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Gondola

Medellin/Caracas, Part 5

The Caracas Metrocable, Introduction Imitation, they say, is the greatest form of flattery. And if that’s the case, then Caracas is clearly smitten with Medellin. Inspired by Medellin’s incredibly positive experience with Cable Propelled Transit, Venezuela has embarked on their own CPT campaign, beginning first in the capital city of Caracas. Like Medellin, Caracas exists...

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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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Mar 15, 2010
Analysis, Gondola, Medellin MetroCable, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin/Caracas, Part 4

Medellin’s third and most recent Cable Propelled Transit line is Linea L – Cable Arvi. It is only a few weeks old and transports the people of Medellin up through the mountains and all the way to Parque Arvi (pronouned “Ar-bee”), a new nature preserve a few kilometres from the city. The park and transit...

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Mar 14, 2010
Gondola, Medellin MetroCable, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin/Caracas, Part 3

LINEA J Unlike Linea K of the Medellin Metrocable, Linea J is much more actively involved in Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Linea K served an existing and extremely dense neighborhood lacking in transit. Linea J serves the barrio of Vallejuelos and the La Aurora development that is in the process of building and expanding. This...

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Mar 12, 2010
Analysis, Gondola, History, Medellin MetroCable, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin/Caracas, Part 2

THE RETURN OF SANTO DOMINGO Santo Domingo is an isolated barrio in the Colombian city of Medellin. Today it is a place of peace, calm and social progress. Twenty years ago, it was a type of living hell that the developed world can only imagine. Crime was rampant, poverty high. Homes and businesses along Andalucia...

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Mar 10, 2010
Analysis, Gondola, Other Transit Techs, Urban Planning & Design

Is CPT PRT-Able?

David asks: PRT is getting some buzz lately what with Heathrow’s system going live soon and Masdar in the works. Do you know of any systems or engineering solutions that allow overhead gondolas to work the same way? IE: Swap to a different cable at a junction? Is CPT PRT-able? Swapping to a different cable...

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