Jan 14, 2016
Analysis, Hamilton, Research Issues, Urban Planning & Design

Hamilton Gondola — We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

NOTE: An earlier version of this post originally appeared on December 4th, 2009 (yup, that’s over 7 years ago, kids). At that time, the report “City of Hamilton Higher Order Transit Network Strategy” was available online. Unfortunately, it is no longer available.  Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and that’s really nobody’s fault....

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Oct 05, 2015
Analysis, Caracas Metrocable, Caracas Mount Avila, Gondola, History, Medellin MetroCable, Urban Planning & Design

Medellin/Caracas, Part 1

HISTORY Modern Cable Propelled Transit started in Caracas, Venezuela with the Mount Avila Gondola. This system was originally built in the middle of the last century to carry people from Caracas to the top of Mount Avila where the luxurious Hotel Humboldt had been built. Political and economic strife caused the government to leave for...

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Sep 08, 2015
Urban Planning & Design

Reviewing Good Advice: Low Profile Urban Gondolas

This piece was first published on The Gondola Project in 2010 but it is still highly relevant and useful. It’s about keeping your head low to the ground being unobtrusive; useful advice from a Canadian. There’s a story about Cable Propelled Transit, Aerial Ropeways and Urban Gondolas that only hurts the technology’s future. Unfortunately, the...

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May 24, 2013
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: New Urban Gondola for Ankara, Turkey

By 2014, Ankara will soon be home to another urban gondola. This 3.2km system will have 106 cabins with a capacity of 2,400 pphpd. Once opened, it will serve the Şentepe neighbourhood and will be located near Yenimahalle metro station. Based on renderings, the stations may be one of the most architecturally stunning urban CPT lines...

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May 13, 2013
Buffalo, Proposals & Concepts

Urban Cable Cars in Buffalo. Conceptual Alignment for Outer Harbour.

Similar to other citizen-developed urban gondola proposals in various American cities (i.e. Austin, Chicago, and Seattle), Buffalo is now the latest one to join this ever-expanding list. Last Friday, Dean Evaniak, presented his idea on a CPT system for reconnecting Buffalo’s waterfront. He has made an interesting case for utilizing this technology in the city...

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Jan 30, 2013
Information Request, Installations

Another Urban Gondola? Keçiören Teleferik in Ankara, Turkey

One of the great things about blogging on the Gondola Project is that you never stop learning. And this time, thanks to one of our long time followers, Giorgio, we’ve been informed about another urban gondola that’s allegedly been in operations since 2007. This system is called the Ankara-Keçiören Teleferik or simply the Keçiören Teleferik. We’ve tried...

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Jan 16, 2013
Installations, Rigiblick Funicular, Zurich Polybahn

Zurich’s Urban Funiculars: The Polybahn and Rigiblick Funicular

This is a guest post by Ross Edgar. The Swiss city of Zurich has a long heritage with the operation of funicular cable systems. At one time there were three funiculars within the city limits until the Dolderbahn was converted into a rack railway in 1973. Today, two funiculars remain in Zurich: the Polybahn in...

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Nov 15, 2012
Policy, Public Transit

Free Transit in France – Applicability to Other Transit Systems?

The Atlantic Cities recently published an excellent article which documents the success of free transit in the French city of Châteauroux. Since it was first implemented in 2001, this demonitized public transport system has experienced significant growth in ridership — from an average of 21 rides per person annually to 61 rides today. More incredibly,...

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Sep 05, 2012
Chongquing Cable Car

Chongqing Cable Car Back in Service!

Remember last year when the Chongqing cable car finally closed after 20 plus years in operations? Well, according to Xinhuanet, China’s first CPT system is now back in full swing. For more pictures, click here.  

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Jul 12, 2012

Open Water Chairlift: Nandaihe Ropeway, Hebei, China

Over the years at the Gondola Project, we’ve learned about and seen many interesting “water-based” CPT systems (i.e. Koblenz Rheinseilbahn, Emirates Air Line, and Teleferico do Parque das Nacoes). Today, we can officially add another cable car line to that list. The name you say? It’s known as the Nandaihe Ropeway and it’s located in China’s Hebei Province...

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