Jul 08, 2022
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Big Sky Resort Detonates Explosives for New Tram Location

Transport for London’s (TfL) £36m contract with global airline Emirates for its east London’s cable car has ended. The multi-million pound contract was a 10-year branding sponsorship that helped offset capital costs and operating & maintenance costs. The total capital cost of the project was £60m. The MDG system, formerly known as The Emirates Air Line, connects Greenwich’s O2...

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Jul 12, 2016
Research Issues, Site Issues and Updates

WORLD MAP UPDATE: Proposals and Ropeways Added

Given the recent flurry of activity within the urban cable car sector, we took time to update the world map. For a larger version of map, click on the upper right hand corner of the map below or click here. — — PROPOSALS ADDED Albany, New York (July 2016) Busan, South Korea (May 2016) Chicago Skyline, Illinois (May...

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Oct 07, 2015
Cable Transit Industry, High Speed Rail, Safety, Thoughts

Public Transit: Safety Should Never Be Compromised

Note: this is a repost from an original article in 2012. Last week, guest blogger Ryan O’Connor, wrote a brief analysis on the state of HSR (high speed rail) and the potential implications and lessons cable can learn from China’s recent love affair with rail. If you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with transportation news in...

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Nov 26, 2013
Infrastructure, Oddities

Vizcaya (“Hanging”) Bridge: Half Gondola, Half Bridge, 100% Awesomeness

Ever wonder what happens when you crossbreed a bridge and a gondola? Well if infrastructure could reproduce, it’d probably look a lot like the Vizcaya Bridge in Northern Spain. — First designed and constructed in 1893 with the latest 19th century building techniques, this 45m high and 160m long transporter bridge has been ferrying passengers across the Nervión...

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Jul 29, 2013
Installations, Urban Planning & Design

Walt Disney and Urban Gondolas

This is a guest post by Billy Beasley. Walt Disney. Just the sound of his name evokes thoughts of Mickey Mouse, animation, and the sprawling theme parks that bear his name. But Disney wasn’t just an animator, he was a master urban planner. Disney orchestrated everything when it came to his parks from perception of...

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Jul 15, 2013
Genoa Cabinovia, Proposals & Concepts

Genoa Funivia/Cabinovia: First Aerial Cable Car Connection to an Airport?

While many bottom-supported CPT lines already exist for internal airport transport (i.e. Birmingham, Toronto, Mexico City), top-supported CPT systems connecting to an airport have yet to materialize. However, this may soon change as a plan coming from Genoa, Italy proposes to link a future rail station to the airport via an aerial gondola. Thanks to...

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Jun 14, 2013
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Koblenz Rheinseilbahn Not Compatible with Area – UNESCO Status in Jeopardy

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit: Bad news coming from Koblenz, Germany: ICOMO’s (International Council for Monuments and Sites) position paper states that Koblenz Rheinseilbahn is not compatible with the surrounding historical area and calls for its dismantling in...

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Jun 06, 2013
Just For Fun

Cable Car Vending Machine

What do you do with an old gondola cabin? Turn it into art and everyday home items of course! As part of the Verbiers Mountain Climber project, these gondolas will be on display at a charity event called Design Miami in Basel from June 10-17. In total, there will be 40 cabins that are transformed...

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Apr 19, 2013
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Edmonton to Study Gondola and Funicular for River Valley

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit: The city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada may soon embark on a study to examine the feasibility of connecting its river valley via a gondola or funicular. Mayorwatch from the UK...

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Mar 04, 2013
Marketing Issues

Gears of War: Judgement – Video Games and Gondolas

Public transit and gondolas just never seem to catch a break. And when we thought we’ve seen it all — the Roosevelt Island Tram being attacked by the Punisher, the Sugarloaf Cable Car having its propulsion cable severed by Jaw’s teeth and an LA bus rigged with a ticking time bomb — we find out...

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