23
Sep

2022

Weekly Roundup: New look of Prague cable car has been revealed!

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Petrin Cable Car in Prague ready for a makeover (Photo on Wikimedia) (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • The new look of the Petřín cable car in Prague has been revealed. A contest was held to design the body and interior of two similar cable car cabins, with each cabin having a capacity to hold up to 120 passengers. There were 26 entries with the winner was a local designer. The new cabin design has an open and airy ambiance with windows on all sides of the cabin and on the ceiling. The funicular has been servicing this area for almost 130 years and these new cabins will replace the third version from the 1980s. The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) plans to announce a tender by the end of the year to build the design. The system is anticipated to reopen at the end of 2024.
  • TransLink is onto the next stage of work to advance the Burnaby Mountain Gondola. TransLink published a request for proposals (RFP) which launched the bidding process for a contractor to develop design concepts for the multimodal public transit hub at the Production Way-University Station. This RFP is part of the full business case needed to secure funding to build the gondola. See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.
  • More information has been released about the cause of the cable car accident in Italy that killed 14 people . The investigation found poor maintenance was a major factor in the failure of the haul rope. Two-thirds of the haul rope was corroded. There is no record of maintenance or assessment of the haul rope being conducted. With correct maintenance, the deterioration of a single strand should have been detached and addressed before continuing to operate. The report highlights the poor rope maintenance and disabling of the emergency brake on the track rope as the causes of the accident. See a related Weekly Roundup here.


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16
Sep

2022

Weekly Roundup: Table Mountain Cable Car Re-Opens!

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Table Mountain cable car in evening light
Table Mountain Aerial Cable Car, Photo by flowcomm, found on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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09
Sep

2022

Weekly Roundup: Doppelmayr has just released the new TRI-Line gondola

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Doppelmayr TRI-Line Talstation, Photo Rendering by Doppelmayr
  • The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced their preferred transit alternative is the gondola for Little Cottonwood Canyon. 3S gondolas, also known as tricable detachable gondola (TDG), are highly reliable because they can handle harsher weather conditions. A 3S has two track ropes with the sole purpose of stabilizing the cabins and one propulsion cable. It’s estimated the gondola will ease congestion on the canyon by 30%, but critics accurately say the system will primarily benefit Alta and Snowbird skiers. The largest user group causing congestion throughout the canyon are resort skiers and the gondola is only intended to operate during the wintertime. It will take up to three years to install the gondola, which will be the world’s longest, and in the meantime other temporary traffic measures will be used to reduce congestion.  UDOT is taking public comments on the gondola proposal until October 17. See a related Weekly Roundup here.
  • Doppelmayr has just released the new TRI-Line gondola. The TRI-Line is an innovative combination of the 3S and D-Line model, the latest model of Doppelmayr’s monocable detachable gondola (MDG). The major benefits of the TRI-Line are compact stations similar to the D-Line and a high capacity of moving up to 8,000 people per hour per direction. We will have more details about this new technology soon, stay tuned.
  • London’s cable car is to be rebranded as IFS Cloud Cable Car in October. Transport for London (Tfl) has announced a two year sponsorship deal with the technology company, IFS. IFS is a fast growing global technology company that will be completely rebranding the cabins and stations. The cable car had approximately 1.5 million passengers in the year leading up to July 2022. See a related Weekly Roundup here.
  • The Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit (LA ART) development company donated the Dodger Stadium gondola project to Climate Resolve. The gondola project was proposed in 2018 by LA ART, led by the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The vision is to build a 3S gondola that will move people between Union Station and the Dodgers Stadium with two intermediate stations. Climate Resolve is an environmental nonprofit that focuses on combating the impacts of climate change. LA ART will continue to fund the entitlement phase of the project with Climate Resolve responsible for shepherding the project through the entitlement process, assembling the funding package, and managing the construction phase.  See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance is part of this project.


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02
Sep

2022

Weekly Roundup: Winter Park Resort in Colorado revives Gondola connection idea between town and resort

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Mary Jane base in Winter park Resort, Colorado (Photo on Wikimedia by Sdgjake) (CC BY-SA 3.0)



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26
Aug

2022

Weekly Roundup: Work to begin soon on $35 million gondola at Grouse Mountain

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View From the Grouse Mountain SkyRide Gondola
View from inside the Grouse Mountain SkyRide Gondola, soon to be replaced by the new gondola system. Photo on Flickr by Richard Erikkson, (CC BY 2.0)



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19
Aug

2022

Weekly Roundup: More people beginning to understand the benefit of cable cars as public transportation

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London’s public transit cable cars operated by Transport for London, Photo on Wikimedia by James Petts, (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  • The Prairie Sky Gondola project in Edmonton has been cancelled. City council voted 12 to one to terminate the city’s agreement with Prairie Sky Gondola due to several reasons, including the financial risk to the city and the idea of building on the Rossdale Burial Site. The opposition believes the project can still advance if revised to avoid the Indigenous burial site and if more Indigenous consultation is conducted. See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, had been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.
  • As more urban cities integrate cable cars as public transit, more people are understanding the benefits. Since 2008 the idea of building a cable car, Câble 1, in Paris has been around. The 4.5-km system is estimated to move 10,000 people per day between the southeast suburbs to a Metro Line station. The journey will take 17 minutes. Cable cars are a method that cities can use to manage traffic congestion in a more economical and eco-friendly way. See a related Weekly Roundup here.
  • Big Mountain Ski Resorts advances the installation of its new high-speed six-passenger chairlift. Foundations were poured using a helicopter in select areas where access was challenging and dangerous by truck. Leitner-Poma is working on building, galvanizing, and inspecting the chairlift equipment. Once all parts are delivered the installation will also be done with a helicopter. The chairlift is faster and larger, giving guests a ride that takes less than 5 minutes and moves 3,000 guests per hour.


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12
Aug

2022

Weekly Roundup: Flash flood temporarily closes Palm Springs aerial tramway

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Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, Photo on Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)


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