Mar 10, 2010
Analysis, Gondola, Other Transit Techs, Urban Planning & Design

Is CPT PRT-Able?

David asks: PRT is getting some buzz lately what with Heathrow’s system going live soon and Masdar in the works. Do you know of any systems or engineering solutions that allow overhead gondolas to work the same way? IE: Swap to a different cable at a junction? Is CPT PRT-able? Swapping to a different cable...

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Mar 08, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Gondola, Medellin MetroCable


Tune in Wednesday for the start of The Gondola Project’s first photo essay: Medellin/Caracas. I’ve just returned from Medellin, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela where I toured five of the most important systems in all of cable transit. Two of them just opened mere weeks ago. There’s so much to say, this series could go on...

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Feb 09, 2010
Gondola, Installations, Urban Planning & Design

Spokane Falls Skyride

I’m in transit today, traveling back to Toronto and it’s lovely minus 10 degree February temperatures. In the meantime, check out the Spokane Falls Skyride (video below). Given its urban/natural setting, this should be a fascinating system to discover more about. Any information on this installation would be greatly appreciated!

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Feb 01, 2010
Technology, Teleferico de Madrid

Aerial Technologies, Lesson 3: BDG

Note: This post was updated on May 30, 2011. These revisions reflect the most current and available knowledge we have but do not guarantee the validity of the claims made. As always, it’s best to use the information contained herein as a guide. Bicable Detachable Gondolas (BDG) are a less common form of gondola than...

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Jan 24, 2010
Gondola, MDG, Technology

Aerial Technologies, Lesson 2: MDG

Monocable Detachable Gondolas (MDG) are likely the most common CPT system you’ll encounter as their low cost has made them an attractive addition to public transit systems in the developing world. Systems like the Medellin MetroCable, Telecabine de Constantine and Caracas Metrocable all use MDG technology. Characterized by a detachable grip which allows for intermediary...

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Jan 22, 2010
Gondola, Urban Planning & Design, Vinpearl Land

The Vinpearl Land Gondola

One of the difficulties and beauties of cable research is keeping up with all the unique systems that pop up in the most seemingly unlikely of places. One such system is the Vinpearl Land Gondola in Vietnam. The system connects the Vinpearl Land Resort on Hon Tre Island with the Vietnamese mainland. The sea-crossing is...

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Jan 03, 2010
Analysis, Gondola, Grip Module, Lessons, Research Issues, Urban Planning & Design

Grip Module, Lesson 4: Corners

Corners are important because all cities have them. If your transit technology cannot turn corners, you cannot exist in cities. It’s just that simple. As I said before, however, no one has taken the time to explicitly and simply explain how cable deals with them. For those who’ve never encountered Cable Propelled Transit before, you...

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Dec 29, 2009
Analysis, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

How To Make Cable Feel Like Transit

1. Design Urban Gondolas and Cable Cars to look more like your city’s existing fleet of transit vehicles. 2. Add more seats to the vehicles. Make sure those seats are comfortable. Benches are not enough. 3. Fully integrate cable with your existing transit systems in a unified, single fare zone. No fee to transfer should...

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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 10, 2009
Basic Lessons, Cable Cars, Gondola

Basic Lesson 2: Gondolas & Cable Cars

There are two major sub-groups of Cable-Propelled Transit (CPT) technology:  Gondolas and Cable Cars. Gondolas are supported and propelled from above by cables.  Most people are familiar with this technology as used in alpine ski-resorts, however it is finding increased usage in non-alpine urban regions. Cable Cars on the other hand, are supported and propelled...

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