May 24, 2010
Funiculars, High Park Funicular

Lost Toronto Funicular

I’ll admit it: One of the things I love about cable transit is the “treasure hunt” quality of the entire thing. It’s a “lost” technology with clues and remnants scattered around the world. Picking those clues up and piecing them together is – for me – one of the most exciting parts of this work....

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May 22, 2010
Palmylink, Proposals & Concepts

Palmylink Rendering

Check out the Sketchup rendering of the Palmylink proposal that came out of New Zealand last week:

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May 21, 2010
Urban Planning & Design

Independence vs. Interdepence

I’ve heard the argument that cable’s not a viable form of transit because vehicles cannot move independently of each other. Standard transit technologies – the argument goes – are self-propelled and are therefore immune to problems experienced by other transit vehicles on a line. This argument is only half-true. The first part is true: Yes,...

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May 20, 2010
Analysis, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

A Problem Of Options

People don’t ride airplanes because they’re pleasant. They ride them because they have no other real choice. Want proof? Notice how many people are choosing High Speed Rail instead of short haul flights. When there’s choice, people choose. The problem Public Transit faces is this: It’s not an airplane. There are a huge number of...

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May 19, 2010
Just For Fun

Pigeons Love Public Transit, Too

It’s only 30 seconds. Watch it till the end, trust me.

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May 18, 2010
Analysis, Design Considerations

Calgary’s Plus 15 Network: The Key to Urban Gondolas?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada is a city of around 1 million people. It’s the financial centre of Canada’s petrol economy and is very, very cold. Average temperatures range from a low of -15°C (5°F) to a high of 10°C (49°F). Calgarians are therefore blessed with a network of elevated walkways called the Plus 15 System. This...

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May 17, 2010
Baden Gondelbahn, Design Considerations, Gondola, Proposals & Concepts, Urban Planning & Design

The Baden Gondelbahn

This is the Baden Gondelbahn in Baden, Switzerland. It is a concept by Stephan Kalt, director of Regional Transport for Baden-Wettingen. Kalt’s concept connects the spa town of Baden with a local train station via Urban Gondola.

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May 14, 2010

Palmylink From Around The Net

Check out what the rest of the net is saying about Palmylink: Crazy Gondola Plan For Palmerston Nth Project Links Palmerston North City with Uni Gondola Project Mooted For Palmerston North Something Brilliant In Palmerston North Manawatu Tram Trust Project Launched to Link Palmerston North City and Massey University by Gondola

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May 12, 2010

A Good Week For Cable Propelled Transit

(This post was a little late coming in today. So much going on. Please accept my apologies.) It’s been a good week for Cable Propelled Transit and Urban Gondolas:

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May 11, 2010
Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

True Story:

One Sunday last month, I was standing at a subway station and the overhead monitor informed me that the next train was to arrive in 9 minutes.  30 seconds later, it anticipated an arrival in 7 minutes.  Two minutes later the monitor said the train would arrive in 6 minutes.  3 minutes later, the train...

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