04
Feb

2022

Weekly Roundup: A Snug Gondola?

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Snug Cove on Bowen Island, Canada is the subject of an Community Impact Grant application. A gondola is proposed from this harbor up to Artisan Square.
Photo credit: David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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28
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: Backing an Urban Gondola

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Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is the subject of another opinion piece asking for an urban transit gondola to relieve traffic around its campus.
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“Outlook India” dived deeper into the recently opened Mimachal Pradesh, India, the Dharamshala Skyway. The 1.75 km aerial ropeway runs from Dharamshala to McLeodganj, with the top station in front of the Dalai Lama Temple. It was built at a cost of ₹207 crore according to media reports and consists of a mono-cable detachable gondola system, with 18 cabins that can each accommodate eight people. The Skyway has been executed through a public-private partnership and mainly serves tourists, as the rider price is not yet competitive for local residents.

Grand Yapı+Pam İnşaat Partnership low bid for Kartepe Cable Car Project. The Grand Yapı+Pam İnşaat Partnership provided the lowest bid to the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality for this 10-station 4 km long cable car line between Derbent and Kuzuyayla, Turkey. A 1,500 passenger per hour capacity is anticipated.

The UniverCity Community Association is backing an urban transit gondola for the Burnaby neighborhood. In an opinion piece, the group encouraged civic leaders to vote in favor of the gondola over a bus-based service for moving people along the congested corridor that serves Simon Fraser University. They cited three main reasons for their support: service availability for residents, reduced pollution, and the ability to increase capacity as the area continues to grow.



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21
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: New Systems Across the Globe

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A look at Mcleodganj, India- a tourist destination and one side of the new Dharamshala Skyway.
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  • A new gondola system, the Dharamshala Skyway, has opened in India. The 7.75 km monocable detachable gondola (MDG) system with the capacity to move 1,000 people per hour connects the tourist destinations of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The travel time between the two locations has been cut to nine minutes compared to several hours during peak tourist season. The ₹207 crore ($27.8 million USD) was financed through a public-private-partnership between Dharamshala Ropeway Limited and Himachal Pradesh’s tourism and civil aviation department.


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14
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: A Recovery for the Ski Industry

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The aerial tram at Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.
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  • The aerial tram at Snowbird Ski Resort is enchanting passengers. The ride up on the tram is approximately 10 minutes and travels more than 2,900 vertical feet. More than skiers take the ride; guests enjoy the views from the tram and Snowbird’s restaurant, The Summit, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. This is one of the ski areas that would benefit from Utah Department of Transportation’s proposed gondola or dedicated bus lane. To find more information about the proposed project, visit a related Weekly Roundup here.
  • The ski industry is booming, in great contrast to the last couple years. Both major ski lift manufacturers, Doppelmayr USA and Leitner-POMA, witnessed an abrupt slowdown in the business at the start of the pandemic. Most projects were postponed and were receiving less new orders. Luckily the market has taken a turn and Leitner has said they have a full list of projects for the summer of 2022 and a record number of new orders to fill.


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07
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: Harsh Winter Problem Solving

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The Sandia Tramway in New Mexico was the setting of a daring rescue this week.
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  • Due to harsh weather, the Sandia Tramway in New Mexico left 19 employees and 2 tram operators stranded for hours. The icy weather and high winds on New Year’s Eve caused the tram cables to tangle and stalled the tram. The descending cabin was carrying 20 people, including 19 restaurant employees and 1 operator. An ascending cabin contained a single operator. The emergency rescue was started in the morning by the owner who climbed the tower and then onto the cabin roof. Eventually a host of other emergency workers helped harness people up and lower them to the ground. They were then flown by helicopter to the base. All were back to safety by 3:45 p.m.


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31
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Extreme Weather Brings About Art and Extra Maintenance

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The gondolas in Aspen, Colorado aren’t all on cables anymore- one is being used as an art installation to bring more awareness to climate change.
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Moroder, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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23
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: A Week of Firsts

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Berlin, Germany could be the first German city to integrate a cable car into its public transit network.
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