Oct 14, 2014
Engineering, Innovations

The Hybrid Monorail-Funicular-Cable Car?

Every so often we are confronted with wonderful and mysterious transportation devices (see Chinese Tunnel Bus). Today, we happen to come across the Sistema Monorail Con Funiculares (or the Monorail System With Funiculars) — a conceptual transit system designed by ECOLVIAS from Medellin, Colombia. There’s not much information about this technology but it does make me wonder what type of...

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Oct 01, 2014

Bogota’s Cable Cars – Learning, but Not Duplicating

Post by Mauricio Miranda. Bogota will try to learn from one of the most successful urban cable car stories by attempting to emulate Medellin’s achievements. Residents in Colombia’s capital city still encounter shockingly long and uncomfortable commutes despite the extensiveness its world renowned TransMilenio BRT system. But if there has been something that we have...

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Aug 09, 2013
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Work Continues on La Paz-El Alto Teleférico Metropolitano

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit: Reports indicate that La Paz, Bolivia’s Teleférico Metropolitano continues to make steady progress. Out of the 3 systems being built, the Red Line is the closest to completion with 50% of...

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Nov 29, 2012
Cable Aéreo, Information Request

Information Request: Cable Aéreo, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia

Here’s one we’ve never seen before in our lives and have no idea what it is or who built it or when. We know it’s located in Jardín in the Antioquia Province of Colombia, but that’s about it. At first glance it appears to be some kind of antique 3S technology, but it’s likely some...

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Oct 11, 2012
Medellin MetroCable, Research Issues

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in Medellín, Colombia

The American Journal of Epidemiology recently published a report, Reducing violence by transforming neighborhoods: a natural experiment in Medellín, Colombia, which examines the effects of “neighbourhood level interventions”. In this research paper, the “intervention” studied was the implementation of the Metrocable Line K in 2004. The paper looks at 25 neighbourhoods that were serviced by the...

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May 10, 2012
Announcements, Proposals & Concepts

Another CPT for Colombia – The Bogota Metrocable?

Not to be outdone by its compatriot, Medellin, news reports coming from Bogota, Colombia indicates that the country’s capital is now seeking to build a Metrocable system of its own. The cable car is expected to operate in the districts of Ciudad Bolivar and San Cristobal – both of which are located southwest and southeast...

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Apr 30, 2012
Proposals & Concepts

Bucaramanga Cable Car

We just stumbled upon an incredibly high quality and awesome video animation of a CPT line in Bucaramanga, Colombia. While we don’t know the intricate details of the line, based on a cursory look, it appears that it is a 3 station system first proposed back in 2007. If anyone knows more about the history...

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Jan 27, 2012
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

It’s been a busy week here at the Gondola Project. So let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit. Congratulations to Medellin, Colombia (and San Francisco) for being this year’s winner of the 8th annual Sustainable Transport Awards – hosted by...

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Oct 26, 2011
Chicamocha Cable Car / Teleferico

Size Matters: The Chicamocha Cable Car

Often system length is used as an argument against Urban Gondolas and Cable Cars as a viable form of public transit. And while it’s true that most Cable Car systems are rather modest in length, that doesn’t mean they must be modest in length. That’s why we once wrote about the Norsjö Aerial Ropeway in Sweden....

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