Sep 09, 2022
Uncategorized, Weekly Roundup

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

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...

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Nov 06, 2015

Apprenticing at Doppelmayr Part 2: A Win-Win (Everybody Gains)

Recently we reported Doppelmayr’s contracts to construct new ropeways of record-breaking lengths and heights. Before that, we wrote about the company’s apprenticeship program. According to Ekkehard Assmann, Doppelmayr’s Head of Marketing and Public Relations, the two stories are more closely related than you may think. He attributes much of Doppelmayr’s recent successes and wins to...

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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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Nov 16, 2012
Weekly Roundup


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit: Perhaps the world’s most luxurious gondola cabin is set to debut in Zillertal, Austria. Select cabin interiors are fully decked out with a BMW 7-Series inspired theme which includes leather seats, massage...

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Feb 07, 2010
3S, Aerial Trams, Gondola, Peak 2 Peak, Urban Planning & Design

The Peak 2 Peak (Part 3)

  Last month I toured Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak cable gondola system. This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on the system. Click on the following links to view Part 1 and Part 2. Most aerial cable systems offer a smooth ride. What little friction there is, is rarely felt by the rider. Except,...

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Dec 12, 2009
Analysis, Cable Cars, Oakland Airport Connector, Research Issues, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Why Cable Propelled Transit Was Chosen In Oakland

As I mentioned yesterday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency announced on Thursday that the Oakland Airport Connector would be a Cable Propelled Transit system. This was a major breakthrough by a cable technology as it competed head-to-head with two other self-propelled transit technologies and won. One of the reasons cited by BART for...

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Dec 08, 2009
Constantine Telepherique, Gondola, Urban Planning & Design

Telecabine de Constantine

I’m traveling today and am out of internet contact (why can’t more airlines fix that problem?), so we’re going to watch a video (like when your high school history teacher was sick with strep throat) It’s short, it’s in French, and it should inspire the transit wonk in all of you (especially starting at 0:56)....

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Nov 06, 2009
Voluntary Disclosure

Voluntary Disclosure

In the interest of honesty, let me state plainly that I have, in the past, provided planning services for the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of Cable-Propelled Transit (CPT) in the world.  I maintain a relationship with them to this day. Should this fact cloud your opinion of The Gondola Project or Cable-Propelled Transit?...

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