THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE

Bogota


The next level of mobility now also for colombiats capital

Except for mineral oil and coal, 99 percent of goods are transported by trucks in Columbia. The project 4G – “fourth generation of highway concessions” should bring further development as well as liberation to the overloaded transport network. The quality of the country’s roads is very poor – Columbia occupies the 130th place out of 148 in a country comparison according to the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum.

Fotos: DOPPELMAYR

To relieve urban transport, urban cableways have been operating in Medellin, similarly as in La Paz, for several years. The installations typically provide a connection from hilly areas at the city’s periphery to the public transport network. For many people this link to public transport facilitates means easy access to work opportunities and improves the quality of their lives.

 

16 In Cali (Columbia),the rst cableway started operating in September 2015 and has since had a strong impact on people’s lives. Thanks to the Austrian cableway manufacturer, DOPPELMAYR, Bogotá, too, now has its cableway.

Plan for intermodal transport

At the end of 2015, the Columbian Ministry of Transport introduced the socalled Masterplan for Intermodal Transport (Plan Maestro de Transporte Intermodal) 2015-2035. Based on the plan, interconnecting various means of transport should take place within the next 20 years, including highways, railway lines, river transport, ports and airports.

 

In addition, the plan is also interconnected with the on-going infrastructure development program and lls the gaps in it. The cableway project in Bogotá was signed on July 16, 2015 as part of this program. The key task is integration of the cableway into the existing public transport network. Such integration should free up tra c during peak hours for residents and commuters alike.

Similar to La Paz, where the largest urban cable car network in the world is located, Bogotá uses gondola lifts as a high-performance means of transport.

Technology and costs

The over 3.3-kilometer-long cable- way is foreseen to connect Ciudad Bolivar with the local busnetwork Transmilenio. The area is very hilly and so ideally-suited for the use of such an urban installation. Like in La Paz, in Bogotá, too, a detachable DOPPELMAYR gondola has been cho- sen.

 

The planned 163 cabins, transport up to 3.600 people per hour and direc- tion and therefore ensure that work commutes in the city center remain short also during peak hours. With the DOPPELMAYR cable car’s four sta- tions, passengers can reach the main points in the city from their homes quickly and easily.  

 

Without the ca- bleway, the rst section of the route, from the hills of Ciudad Bolívar to the rst station connected to the public network, normally takes an hour by private minivan along steep, wind- ing roads – and tra c jams are more than common.

 

The new installation is therefore eagerly awaited by the inhabitants for whom it will mean a significant improvement in their quality of life. The cableway has immediately become an integral part of the city’s transport system and the price for the ticket are the same price as a public bus ticket (1800 pesos = approx. 0.60 euros). In South America, cable cars from DOPPELMAYR are also in operation in Bolivia, Venezuela and Argentina.

Ciudad Bolivar


Length:3.3 km

Speed: 5m/s

Number of cabins:163

Cabin capacity :10

Manufacturer: Doppelmayr