THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE

Digitalisation


Are tentire countries become smart?
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Much is made of smart cities but who thinks about the rural regions?

CO2 and noise


Cable cars have the best energy and ecobalance
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Even with a high transport capacity, urban cable cars display low energy demand. This is demonstrated in studies by German urban planner Frieder Kremer in his book “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car). The following is an extract from his publication with a few editorial amendments (TU Berlin [Berlin Institute of Technology] 2015: p. 44).

The optimal solution


When does a cable car make sence?
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Urban cable cars are an increasingly common topic in research and science. The book “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car) by Frieder Kremer is one example of this. In it, the urban and regional planner has written – among other things – about transport technology optimisation and the application possibilities of cable cars or in a nutshell: when does an urban cable car actually make sense?

Public transport


Moving more than „just“ people
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The artist Christoph Niemann presents his theory on how to bring people from their cars to public transport.

What does a cable car cost?


An economic analysis
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The costs of a cable car system comprise investment costs on the one hand and operating costs on the other. The total of these costs depends on the various parameters. Urban planner Frieder Kremer has collated these conditions in his book, “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car). The following is an extract from his publication with a few editorial amendments (TU Berlin 2015: pp. 41 – 43).

Urban Cable Cars - What about European procurement law?


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Discussion about whether cable cars should be used in cities as part of the change in transport to contribute to climate protection, as can already been seen in a number of cities in Latin America (e.g. La Paz) or even in Cologne in Germany, raises the question of procurement law.

The digital cable car


About WLan and network solutions for urban cable car systems
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Whether communication, security, advertising or customer retention: There are many reasons to make an urban cable car into a digital system. Increasingly, these are about extending system-critical communication between passengers and staff through entertainment provisions.

Up Bus: Sometimes it drives, sometimes it hovers


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According to Aachen technical university (Germany), a combination of cable car and autonomously driven electric bus will revolutionise local transport. The existing technology simply needs to be cleverly combined. This also includes a system from space.

Successfully extended


The cooperation of UN-Habitat and DOPPELMAYR continues
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UN-Habitat and ropeways builder DOPPELMAYR extended their cooperation in the spring of this year. The aim of this collaboration is the continuous expansion of sound knowledge, sharing of information and the provision of skills in the field of transport.

Urban cable cars


The perfect solution! But to what?
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All over the world, cable cars are being brought into play as the perfect solution to urban mobility crises, generally promoted by highly specialised consulting and engineering companies. Feasibility studies in almost endless numbers usually – and unsurprisingly – conclude that a cable car is technically feasible and can also be financed under certain framework conditions. But why are only few studies actually implemented? ILF Consulting Engineers, project developer for urban cable car projects, has examined this question.

Steambeast - the dirt killer


New ZAUGG technology in the fight against stubborn dirt
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The dream of a responsible citizen who cares about the cleanliness of his city, or a visitor who shows consideration for the beauty of the host town, is still alive. But it is just not visible in daily life. Technology is needed to help us keep our public space attractive and hygienic. ZAUGG has newly defined such technology with its Steambeast

Encarnación & Asunción - two cable car plans at once in Paraguay


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Unlike other South American countries, Paraguay does not yet have an urban cable car. However, corresponding projects are under discussion both in the capital, Asunción, and in the border city of Encarnación.

Mumbai: From east to west


From Malad to Marve and from Borivali to Gorai
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Commuters from two Indian suburbs have every reason to be happy, as their route to work should be made easier by the construction of cable car systems. Residents had already previously demanded a solution to their daily mobility problem.

Graz mobility concept - an austrian city prepares for the future


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In Graz, they are hoping for a transport turnaround. Greater e-mobility and an improved public transport system are on the cards here. To make these goals achievable, the Styrian capital is carefully weighing up all the options.

Cologne - Cable Car to connect the exhibition centre to the main railway station


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Under the name “Skytrain”, Cologne is planning a cable car to cross the Rhine, as a “commuter terminal” parallel to the famous Hohenzollern Bridge.

Universal and sophisticated - Urban cable cars by Bartholet as a versatile transport solution


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Some of the key properties of urban cable cars make them the ideal addition to public transport. In addition, the mode of transport is far more diverse than might initially be thought. This can be demonstrated very easily by means of the example of Swiss cable car manufacturer BARTHOLET.

Mels - Inauen-Schätti is ensuring the best accessibility for Uptown Mels


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The old Stoffel textile factory has been closed for 20 years now but the Uptown Mels project is set to breathe new life into the historic building.

Turku - Leitner ropeways implements urban cable car in Finland´s oldest city


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By funicular to Turku’s former prison – Kakolantmäki hill. This journey in Finland’s oldest city has recently become possible thanks to cable car manufacturer LEITNER ropeways.

Guayaquil - The “Aerovia” cable car from POMA will soon be the new lifeline of the city


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Whilst urban cable cars are being discussed around the world, Guayaquil is already a major step ahead.

What does local public transport need in order to stand up to the car?


What does local public transport need in order to stand up to the car?
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In a survey by Zeit Online, readers were asked the question, what would be needed for them to leave the car behind. The answer was unequivocally that the local public transport needs to be not free but rather more reliable.

Rheinpendel - The dream for Cologne


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In addition to the current plans for the Skytrain cable car in Cologne, the thinking in the major German city is on a much larger scale. Voter group “GUT Köln” is proposing a cable car network that winds its way through the entire city. This ambitious vision is called “Rheinpendel” (Rhine commute).

Special drives for inclined lifts to transport passengers


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To counter the ever-increasing volume to traffic, more and more cities are using cable cars for public transport. This is also true in the Bolivian capital, La Paz.

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”.