THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE

Indian Cable Car Fever


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Traffic depends too much on roads – this was the conclusion reached by the representatives of Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. This is why these Indian cities are going to consider various other mobility concepts.

SI talks with Mariam Khalifeh about the Hackathon in Stockholm


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SI talks with Mariam Khalifeh about the Hackathon in Stockholm

Cable cars in urban environments


- with technology from SEW EURODRIVE
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When constructing cable cars, SEW‑EURODRIVE is repeatedly proposed as a reliable, experienced supplier of drive technology. Many customers rely on drives from this family firm, based in Bruchsal, Germany. In addition to a high level of quality and reliability, this is because the client also benefits from a strong international service network.

Future in the city


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The Austrian Society for Traffic and Transport Science (ÖVG) estimates that where suitable alternatives and a corresponding routing exist, urban cableways can support the paradigm shift away from motorized individual transport.

India


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After repeated delays, the Jammu cable car launch is eagerly awaited. According to media reports, the cable car should open in early 2019.

Clamps and grips


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A central component of cableway technology is the cable grip. Choosing the right system impacts the operation of an urban cableway.

Berlin


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With over three million rides recorded in just 186 days, the cable car to the Kienberg hill was THE attraction of the international horticultural exhibition. The installation is to be operated by LEITNER until 2020 but it is time to ask what happens with it after this date. The CDU in Berlin has come up with a plan.

Internet of Things (IoT)


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The internet of things (short: IoT) is a collective term for technologies that interconnect physical and virtual objects and make them work together through information and communication technologies. IoT offers a range of new areas of application also for urban cableways, in particular their safety, maintenance, control and promotion.

International mobility


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The importance of mobility in our everyday life continues to grow. Experts around the world are busy looking for ways to guarantee easy access to this commodity also in future.

Creating dynamic new markets


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To achieve global goals for sustainable development, urban development, including much greater involvement of the private sector, needs to play a primary role in the future.

Edmonton


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According to forecasts, Edmonton will grow by some 40 percent over the next twenty years. The Canadian city must therefore confront the same challenge faced by many other rapidly expanding cities: how do you create the space and infrastructure needed for so many people in as little time as possible?

Africa


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Companies that will enter the African market cannot only seize market opportunities but also contribute to its development within the framework of their core business - for example by creating new jobs, introducing higher standards or supplying products and services.

Africa


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Firms from around the globe direct their attention to this new promising market – Africa. But what do you need to know about the land and its people before setting out for the journey? Businesses that have already succeeded in entering the market shared their experience about Africa during a multilogue held in Vorarlberg.

Los Angeles


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For eight years now, the Dodgers have been fan magnets and one of Major League Baseball’s biggest draws. So you have to get up very early on game days if you want to avoid getting stuck in traffic. With the Aerial rapid transit system to be built by the company LA ARTT, Dodger fans will be able to get from inner city Los Angeles to the stadium in just five minutes.

Blagoveshchensk-Heihe


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Thanks to a new investor, construction of the rst cross-border cableway between Russia and China has been given the green light. In the future, the 750-meter-long installation will connect the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk with the Chinese metropolis of Heihe. The construction of this 799 million yuan (19.8 million US dollar) cableway across the river Amur was supposed to start in April 2019. It took a Little bit more time than expected but now it´s coming.

Kirkland (Seattle)


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Kirkland is an eastern suburb of Seattle. It is separated from the US metropolis by Lake Washington. The city has around 49,000 residents – and soon perhaps also a cable car.

Bremen


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 Asia, Africa, America – it seems that urban cableways have lately been the topic of discussions almost everywhere. But in Germany and Austria, the countries so well-known for their winter cableways, these apparent cable-borne traffic redeemers have so far been ignored. With plans for an urban cableway in Munich becoming more concrete, however, other German cities are starting to consider this skysoaring form of public transport as well.

Oakland


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According to a report published by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute at the end of January, the gondola system proposed by the Oakland Athletics will generate more than half a billion dollars of economic benefits over the rest ten years of operation.

Brixen


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“A Town – Mountain Connection”: with this simple title the South-Tyrolean municipality of Brixen introduced its project for an urban cableway to connect the center of this town of 20,000 to the nearby mountain Plose. It should run underground.

Bonn


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Already three years ago, the German fede- ral city of Bonn commissioned a feasibility study for a cableway to the Venusberg hill. The result? A cableway between the Bonn University Clinic and the S-Bahn station Ramersdorf on the other bank of the Rhine is both technically feasible and sensible in terms of the city’s transport policy. While a comprehensive analysis is being performed, associations and citizens’ initiatives are quarreling about the project.

Israel


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The Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, is convinced that the planned cableway in Haifa will bring about a revolution in the area of public transport, and although the installation is still under construction, he is already thinking about what other hillside cities could benefit from this approach.

Kigali


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In construction of urban cableways, Africa generally lags behind other continents, like Asia or Latin America. This is just one of the reasons why plans to build a cable car network are being eagerly prepared in the capital of Rwanda, Kigali.

Frankfurt


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The Rhine-Main Transport Network, the City of Frankfurt, the Hochtaunus District or the Regional Association Frankfurt / Rhine-Main – numerous interest groups can now imagine having urban cableways in the Frankfurt Metropolitan Region. Multiple routes are under discussion.

Jordan


A cableway against unemployment
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A plan to build a cableway in the Jordanian town of Ajloun has been repeatedly discussed by the Investment Committee JIC since 2015. Concrete plans for the - nancing and construction of the eagerly awaited installation should be nally submitted this year.

The next level of mobility now also for colombiats capital


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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.

Moscow


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A much-desired modern urban cable car was implemented by the Swiss ropeway manufacturer BARTHOLET last year in Moscow. Now the time has come to draw up the first balance sheet. In an SI Urban interview, the CEO of Moscow Sport Technology LLC talks about the period between plan- ning and operation.

Egypt


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Algeria is not the only country in North Africa where the French cableway manu- facturer POMA implements its projects. The Egyptians, too, are increasingly co- ming to better understand their coun- try’s potential for urban cableways. The rst tourist gondola lift in Galala City is a good example.

“Spanning far and running steeply up!”


“Spanning far and running steeply up!”
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A cableway planner, Stephan Salzmann, talks about urban cableway projects in Austria, maintenance as a cost factor and why cableways could be interesting also for industrial operations.

POMA - Strong Partner to Africa’s Major Cableway Country


POMA - Strong Partner to Africa’s Major Cableway Country
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Like South America, Algeria, too, is an epicenter of urban mobility on rope. Urban cableways have been operating in this north-African country for years now. The establishment of the Algerian cableway company ETAC and the construction of numerous new cableways represents an important milestone.

Bartholet


First Bartholet Direct Drive successfully in operation!
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A technology with many advantages to reconcile economy and ecology. BARTHOLET's Direct Drive differs clearly from the direct drives already available on the market.

UITP: Stockholm


“THE ART OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT” MAKE STOCKHOLM YOUR DESTINATION IN 2019
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With almost 130 years of history behind us, the UITP biennial Summit is a truly global occasion that remains the world’s biggest event dedicated to public transport and sustainable mobility. 

Burnaby (Vancouver)


University Soon to Hang on a Rope?
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The diesel buses serving Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, Canada, are overloaded, inefficient and environmentally unfriendly. Two feasibility studies conducted over the past ten years recommended replacing the bus connection between the SkyTrain station and the campus atop Burnaby Mountain with a cable car.

La Paz


Growth for the largest urban cable car network in the world
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The world’s longest and most famous urban cableway network already consists of nine lines providing fast connection in the city. Since the launch of the first line in 2014, gondolas of various colors have become a part of the city skyline and a popular means of transport, as well as a city attraction.

Mobility-an issue of the future?


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With constantly changing humans’ demands, the expectations regarding their environment change as well. Cities are no exception. They must be able to accommodate the wishes and needs of both the present and future generations. In an interview with SI, mobility expert Michael Hanita shares his views of the developments that cities will experience in the future. .

Academy of sustainable urban mobility


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Cities play a key role in the economic and social development of a country. Especially in developing countries, tremendous potential lies in a functioning infrastructure. The rapid rise in passenger cars leads to increasingly more frequent traffic congestion and a poorly-functioning public transport system brings little relief. The Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility, established by the UN-Habitat and DOPPELMAYR, should promote development of urban transport solutions for the 21st century.

The functions of a cableway


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As a supplement to public transport a cableway can resolve many problems related to city traffic.

La Paz


International Mobility Congress
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Decision-Makers discuss integrated public transport solutions during the International Mobility Congress in Bolivia.

UITP: "The art of public transport"


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This is how the transport sector has come to know the UITP Global Public Transport Summit. With almost 130 years of history behind us, the UITP biennial Summit is a truly global occasion that remains the world’s biggest event dedicated to public transport and sustainable mobility.

For a longer service life and availability of urban cableways


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While for material haulage ropeways the absence of the right lubrication and maintenance of the components only results in financial loss, for urban passenger cableways they are extremely relevant for cableways safety as well. Only an ideal lubricant can preserve the resistance and durability of the lubricated parts, provide safety for both passengers and operators, and reduce operation costs. This is why the lubricant manufacturer MOTOREX has also been focusing on cableways. SI Urban briefly presents the most important lubricants for urban cableways:

Urban cableways are considered the world´s safest means of transport


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In terms of the total number of passengers transported, the cableway is the world’s safest means of transport. In terms of kilometers travelled, it is the second safest after air travel. Learn about a system that guarantees safety on the cable.

Evacuation off urban cableways


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40 The operation of urban cableways above populated areas is connected with a number of difficulties if a rescue action becomes necessary. Buildings and streets blocking access, level cable spans or ascending sections, all make a rescue difficult. But the rescue expert IMMOOS has a suitable solution ready for every situation.

To get off the ground, the capital of Uganda is looking for investors


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Following a feasibility study, Kampala now needs to collect money for a cableway pilot project. 200 mil. US dollars are needed to be able to implement the cableway and provide relief to city traffic.

A project that already now plans for the future


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For three years now, the plan has been carefully examined and reviewed, but now it finally seems that concrete plans have been made for the proposed cableway project.

Soaring above the traffic chaos


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An urban cableway will connect both parts of Santiago de Chile – Providencia and Huechuraba from 2022. A thirteen-minute cable car ride will provide an alternative to an approximately 40-minute drive by car or public transport, giving passengers an opportunity to soar above the traffic chaos.

Cableway as a future mobility model


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In many places, one can hardly picture a city without one: urban cableways have been in fashion for a number of years and are now more sought-after than ever as a sustainable means of local transport. LEITNER ropeways regards itself an important partner in this field and a promoter of this development.

Supporting tourism development in Russia


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Cooperation between the Austrian cableway manufacturer DOPPELMAYR and Kurorty Severnogo Kavkaza is a clear statement of the ongoing cooperation with Russian enterprises.

Jammu:


Ropeway Project
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According to Business Standard magazine the Jammu ropeway project is likely to be completed by the end of the year.

The ropeway project is planned to boost the wintertourism in the capital.

is likely to be completed by the end of this year and thrown open to public after missing a number of deadlines, officials said Sunday.

The 1.66-km-long cable car project has two phases, first from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park  and second from Mahamaya to Peer Kho over the Tawi river, with a total length of 1,118 metre.

 

A ropeway in the middle of Moscow!


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A unique ropeway from BARTHOLET Seilbahnen was launched in the Russian capital this summer. With the Mixte installation, passengers can travel comfortably and quickly from the Olympic stadium Luzhniki situated in the center of Moscow to the city’s highest point.

Projects in Colombia and Ecuador


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Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Chile – since the fi rst urban gondola lift installed by POMA in Medellin in 2004, ropeway transportation has inspired many cities. The latest projects from POMA: The 6th metrocable line in Medellin (Colombia) in 2019 and the 1st Aerovia line in Guayaquil (Republic of Ecuador) in 2020.

Interview


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Since it opened to the public, the Santo Domingo gondola has already transported one million passengers in two and a half months. An exception in the sector, POMA, the manufacturer, is also in charge of operating and maintaining the machine, as the Interview with Michael Fauché, Service Director POMA, shows.

The arrival of the first urban cableway in the Caribbean


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A 195-carrier cableway now flies through the sky of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World. Thanks to the manfucaturer POMA, it will provide an easy and rapid connection between the centre and the north-east of the city by flying over the meandering Ozama River twice.

A cableway as a symbol of peace


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The cable car to the Trebević mountain in Sarajevo was a symbol of the Olympics held in 1984 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Destroyed during the Yugoslav wars, the installation celebrated its comeback last April thanks to LEITNER ropeways

Jerusalem: Taiking a cable car to the wailing wall


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The Israeli government has given the green light to the controversial construction of a cableway between the Old City in East Jerusalem and the western part of the city. Starting from 2021, the cableway should run from a station located in the west of Jerusalem over a distance of 1.4 kilometers to close proximity of the Wailing Wall in the Old City and transport 3,000 passengers per hour.

Koblenz


From plan to reality-a history of a cableway
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The Koblenz cable car nowadays ranks as a reference project for a clean, environment- friendly means of transport. Local residents love their cable car but a number of obstacles had to be overcome at beginning of the project. The city’s former mayor Joachim Hofmann- Göttig talks about it in an interview with SI editor Tamara Mair.

Plans for a cableway in the port city


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With the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, private investors are planning to build a cableway in the neighboring port city of Yokohama to bring in foreign tourists.

Boston


A cable car running in the middle of the city soon?
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The New York developer Millennium Partners is planning to build a cable car in Boston to run through the booming South Boston Waterfront. Given the area’s dense development, thick traffic, insufficent bus network and heavy commuter flows, a cable car would make the most efficient and financially effective means of high capacity urban mass transit.

Paul Johnston Video Interview with Si Magazin


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Paul Johnston talks about the 7 strand rope and why customers value it.

Merger of brands


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The two historic companies of the ropes business, following the merger completed in the past few months for the steel wire ropes sector, will now be present on the market with the commercial brand “Teufelberger-Redaelli”.

Urban solutions


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Large cities worldwide face the same problem: street traffic continues to grow and people spend hours stuck in miles of traffic jams. Drivers’ nerves become frayed; serious environment pollution increases. Though integrating cableways into the existing public transport network is considered time and again, in the end the idea is dismissed. The following examples demonstrate the obstacles that cause cableway projects to die.

Intertraffic


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Intertraffic is the world‘s leading trade event for the traffic and mobility industry.

Urban cableway systems


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It is common knowledge that a cableway is a means of transport supported by cables. But not many people understand the differences between individual types of cableways. SI Urban introduces the most common cableway systems suitable especially for urban transport.

Blasting for safety


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Venter Landestraße, a main road near Sölden (Austria), had to be closed due to avalanche hazard more than twenty times last year, causing economic damages and dissatisfaction among residents. But since INAUEN-SCHÄTTI avalanche-blasting towers were installed to safeguard the road, the sign “Road open!” is up with increasing frequency

More space


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The world’s largest urban cableway project has taken another step forward. Half a year after the opening of the blue line, the orange line was officially inaugurated last fall. At the end of January the next two lines opened. It is the seventh line built by the DOPPELMAYR/GARAVENTA Group in the the Bolivian government’s seat since 2014.

Dreams


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Plans for urban cableways as a traffic solution are rejected as midsummer madness by many in the German-speaking region. But their initiators are not so easily discouraged. With stubbornness, dedication and spirit they pursue their plans anew despite, in some places, massive resistance..

Great performance


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The Koblenz Cable Car, also known as the BUGA Cable Car, is an aerial cableway that soars over the Rhine in Koblenz. It was originally built by the Vorarlberg cable car manufacturer DOPPELMAYR as an attraction and environmentfriendly means of transport for the 2011 Federal Garden Show. Meanwhile, however, it has become so much more than just a tourist attraction.

History


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Are cableways really suited for urban transport? An absurd question for someone who is familiar with the history of this means of transport. About the origins, development and future of urban cableways

Brevity is the soul of wit


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The City of Luxembourg traffic planners have set themselves an ambitious goal to achieve by 2020: public transport as a share in the overall transport of the city should rise to 25 percent. With a new parallel funicular Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg by GARAVENTA, chances are that the attractiveness of the local transport network will grow and, at the same time, Luxembourg’s main train station will be relieved.

Inetrview


"We must go in the third dimension!"
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In an interview with SI, Harry Wagner, Professor of Automotive & Mobility Management at the Technical University in Ingolstadt talks about the trends in urban transport, how cableways need to be sensibly integrated in it and why he cannot rationally understand the attitude of cableways opponents

A cableway saves money


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In many places, urban cableways are seen as an exotic and expensive transport solution. But in fact, they have many financial advantages. In most cases, they are less expensive than traditional means of transport.

Eine schräge Sache


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The reason why a funicular was built in Stuttgart in 1929 was to connect a cemetery located in the outer district of Degerloch with the city. Even today, the railway is frequently used by mourners to comfortably overcome the 85-meter height difference between Heslach and the cemetery Waldfriedhof. In addition, many locals take it to enjoy the small but beautiful recreational area up on the hill .

Interview


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For over 40 years, SALZMANN INGENIEURE has been working on urban and alpine cableway projects. In an interview for SI, the firm’s managing director, Stephan Salzmann, talks about its independence from cableway manufacturers, successful route planning in urban space and why the operation and maintenance of a cableway must not be underestimated.

E-Mobility


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By now it has become clear to everybody that mobility will change. And there is no doubt that such change will involve abandoning combustion engines and driving electric vehicles instead. The number of electric cars has been growing continuously and their operating range improving with each innovation by the experts

Researching trends


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Our world is moving fast. Never before has it seen technological developments as huge as today. Human mobility, too, is changing in a way that raises concerns. In an interview with SI editor Birke Müller, trend researcher and lecturer Marianne Reeb discusses the directions that mobility could take in the future.

In search of solutions


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Mobility in large cities was the central theme of the 2017 EcoMobility Congress held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Participants exchanged experience and together sought sustainable future solutions.

Urban connections


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Some two billion euros have flowed into the development of Istanbul’s new city quarter, Vadistanbul, near the Galatasaray Stadium. As part of the project, you may also find here the largest office park in Turkey, spacious shopping centers, many private apartments and hotels. A funicular by BARTHOLET SEILBAHNEN, connecting the business and residential areas with the Istanbul Metro, was another important part of this giant project.

Vietnam - A country of cableways


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The longest route, the tallest tower, the greatest height differential – it seems that whenever a new cableway is built in Vietnam, it beats at least one existing world record. This South-Asian country boasts an amazing density of extraordinary cableway installations. Here is a quick overview.

The world´s longest ropeway


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Recently Doppelmayr opened the world’s longest ropeway. With a length of 7,899.9 meters, the Hòn Thơm 3S beats the record previously held by another 3S lift in Vietnam, the Fansipan Legend, by almost one and one-half kilometers. The route of the new tricable gondola lift crosses the sea and connects the vacation islands Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in the south of Vietnam.

Gothenburg is getting ready


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Gothenburg’s residents have been dreaming of a cableway since 2005. Over the past three years, the project has been becoming increasingly more concrete. A feasibility study shows that this sustainable and environment-friendly means of transport really makes sense in the second largest Swedish city. In an interview with Birke Müller, Christof Albrecht, a cableway planner from Voralberg, discusses the probability of the project’s implementation and what exactly is planned.

Cableway is feasible


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Things are moving ahead in Gothenburg: the idea of extending the existing local transport network with a cableway is getting increasingly more concrete. A feasibility study speaks in favor of its construction. And according to a survey, local residents, too, support this alternative means of transport. The only thing missing is the green light from city hall. If given, the cableway could become a – somewhat late – birthday gift for the city’s 400th anniversary.

Breaking new ground:Experience the future of mobility i9n the mobility lab in Karlsruhe


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Design the future and test it today: In cooperation with the City of Karlsruhe, PTV Group has established a Mobility Lab which officially opened on 22 June 2017. Here, various traffic planning- and model solutions will be linked to one another, and to other solutions, in order to test new ideas and approaches, as well as their effects on cities and regions world-wide.