THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE

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.

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"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.

 

Crossing the river the easy way


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A bridge or a tunnel – these are usually the only options considered when possible ways of crossing a river are discussed. Not in the Polish city of Wrocław. The local Technical University has decided for a compact cable car instead. “Polinka” has been connecting the new campus located west of the river Oder with the “old” university grounds on its east bank since 2014.

Heiner Monheim: Scable cars are built in cities only out necessity


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More and more are cableways set up also in urban areas. But so far, they are only built out of necessity. For example when a large event is planned..

Bolzano plans cable car renewal


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The 2-track reversible cableway with a suspension cable connecting San Genesio (Jenesien), a small community of 3,000, with Bolzano, was built in 1937 by the South Tyrolean cableway pioneer, Luis Zuegg (the Bleichert/Zuegg system). It has been connecting the village, situated 700 meters above Bolzano, with the South Tyrolean metropolis ever since. In 2020 it is to be renewed.

Urban Ttramway in New York


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The Roosevelt Island Operating Company (RIOC), owner of the aerial tramway in New York City, has renewed its contract with POMA Group for five more years (until 2022) to operate and maintain its aerial tramway, linking Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This operation and maintenance contract has been fulfilled on a daily basis since 2010 by teams from LPOA (Leitner Poma of America), the US subsidiary of POMA.

Interview:"Cableways are a necessary complement to urban mass-transportation systems."


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During an interview with SI, Anton Seeber, President of LEITNER Group, talks about the political pressure in favor of urban cableways in South America, the concerns and resentment against them in Europe, and why the future speaks for urban cableways.

The world looks to La Paz


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From The New York Times to Süddeutsche Zeitung, from Le Parisien to Daily Express and from La Stampa to The Australian – all the world’s leading papers enthusiastically report on the world’s largest urban cableway network in La Paz. And indeed: this project in Bolivia is an enduring sensation. It is being implemented by Doppelmayr in two phases; phase II is in full swing.

Prestige-Projekt and visitors hit


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Ropeways are considered the future of urban space mobility models. A very young, spectacular example is the ropeway “Gardens of the World – Berlin” from LEITNER ropeways. It became the people’s absolute champion in a very short period of time and shows how much people appreciate ecological and economical transport solutions. Since the ropeway’s opening on April 13, 2017, its investor, builder and operator, LEITNER ropeways, has already recorded 1,000,000 rides.

OITAF 2017: ropeways-motion and emotion


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Ropeways – Motion and Emotion” was the title of the 11th International Ropeway Congress held at the beginning of June for the first time ever in Bolzano. 350 participants from 30 countries attended the event to exchange industry expertise and learn about new developments and trends.

Spectacular rescue training


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The DOPPELMAYR gondola lift on the Portuguese island of Madeira has become a real tourist attraction. The cable car, built in 2000, runs from Funchal to Monte and can transport up to 800 passengers per hour in its 8-seat gondolas. It operates 365 days a year and the frequency of its use is very high. A modern rescue plan is thus essential.

Bochum has potential


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Cableways used to be quite common in the Ruhr area in the past. They were built and used for coal transport. Now people are considering whether the old tradition should be revived. Not to transport coal but to save it—and, especially, to relieve local traffic.

Cableway as a cure?


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There is a general agreement worldwide that our environment is increasingly polluted due to the ever growing volume of traffic. And that solutions must be found. What has already been implemented in Asia and Latin America, repeatedly and with success, remains only the subject of discussions in Europe. But even here, the discussions are getting more heated.

SI Urban news flash


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Since its opening five years ago, the urban cable car Emirates Air Line in London has transported without accident 8.5 million passengers over more than 26,000 operating hours – all that with a 99,94 per cent availability.

First triple-cable lift in China


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Lushan is one of China’s most famous spots and a very popular trip destination – for locals and tourists alike. With the purpose to improve its infrastructure and increase visitor comfort, the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group had the privilege of implementing a modern cableway here. The very first triple-cable aerial lift in China opened to the public on 27 July 2017.

Wuppertal


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The Wuppertal Suspension Railway is world-famous. Its operation began on March 1, 1901. For many years now, the North Rhine-Westphalian city has been discussing whether a cable car should also be built to supplement the existing public transport network.

A solution for a region


Flagship project Wälderbahn
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Martin Assmann is responsible for urban and transport planning in Dornbirn. Sieditor, Birke Müller, spoke with him about the much-discussed city cable car project Wälderbahn.

Doppelmayr


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A taxi driving through the air - something we only know from science-fi ction fi lms so far. If things continue to run as the DOPPELMAYR technicians imagine, it could become reality in the near future.

Kaohsiung / Chinese Taipei


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October in Kaohsiung is devoted to soft mobility. The EcoMobility World Festival will show, for a period of one month, what cities could look like if they reduced their car traffic. In addition, a four-day Congress with international participation should ensure that future-oriented common solutions are found and developed.

Protected from snow and sea


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Whether a metropolis by the sea or a town in the mountains – every community struggles with communal vehicle corrosion. Winter road maintenance fleets suffer from wet and cold conditions and road salt, air containing particles of sea-water clog cleaning machines and road sweepers on beach promenades.

Kaeser Kompressoren


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Sigma Smart Air is much more than just the previously known compressed-air-systems service. Until now, maintenance was performed either in an unplanned way upon the customer’s request or at fixed time intervals. There was always the risk that, depending on the actual number of operating hours, maintenance was performed either too early or too late. Both meant additional costs for the operator.

Munich Too Dreams of 3S-Cableway


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Since 2009, when the idea of Thomas Kantke and Stefan Baumgartner materialized into a plan, and certainly since its presentation in 2014, many people have been very enthusiastic about the prospect of a 3S-cableway to run between the airport and the exhibition center, the technical background of which has been developed meticulously by the two planners. Soon after, it became a subject of attention even in local politics. Now one hopes that the old saying is right: All good things are worth waiting for.

Steambeast – The dirt killer


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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.

4. Ecomobility Festival


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October in Kaohsiung is devoted to soft mobility. The EcoMobility World Festival will show, for a period of one month, what cities could look like if they reduced their car traffic. In addition, a four-day Congress with international participation should ensure that future-oriented common solutions are found and developed.

Urban Cableways for Austria


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With its 253 cableway enterprises, Austria is quite rich in alpine mountain railways. But so far, it does not have a single urban cableway. But even the motherland of mountain railways is experiencing a change in thinking. Urban installations are being discussed in a number of cities - as many as three cableway projects are under discussion in the capital city of Vienna.

Beauty and Safety in Balance


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What contemporary architecture and statics achieve can be seen in numerous courageous big structures. What meets the eye is often only their breathtaking outer skins not what makes these buildings safe, facilitating their erection in the first place.

The ultimate in reliable lubricants is Swiss


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Since 100 years exactly, the biggest independent crude oil processing company in Switzerland located in Langenthal has been researching, developing and producing innovative lubricants and chemical-technical products. Certified tribology specialists, engineers, chemists, technicians and marketing specialists commit themselves day in day out to fulfill MOTOREX’s claim to leadership

Global public transport summit – the need to lead the transition


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Two years after Milan, the biggest event in public transport is back. The 2017 UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal is now just weeks away and comes at a time when the urban mobility industry is witnessing a rapid and significant transition.

Only the best for the urban funiculars in Biel/Bienne


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Since the end of the 19th century, they are a natural part of Biel/Bienne in Switzerland, landmarks with a high emotional value for the population. The funiculars run from Biel Evilard to Leubingen and from Biel Seevorstadt to Magglingen. They are taken care of and looked after well and, all thanks to MOTOREX, they are perfectly lubricated at all times of year.

Cable Transport Systems can bring back quality of life to urban areas


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Si Urban was talking to Heiner Monheim, urban planner, geographer, traffic expert and professor emeritus at Trier University.

In the mood for urban cable transport!


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Although many projects still only exist on paper, the call for cable transport systems in urban areas has clearly arrived in Europe. The few who have already realized it are very satisfied. Many are still thinking about it and engage in hot discussions with adversaries. More and more reach the conclusion that as a means of public transportation, urban cable transport systems have a bright future.

Frey AG Stans: 50 Years with Technology


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It is the products from FREY AG Stans that set cable transport systems in motion. Established in Stans, Switzerland, 50 years ago, the company is a world leading manufacturer of cable transport control systems made to move people using technology. 

Passenger recovery: Treacherous, Difficult and Intricate


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Flat cable fields, counter inclinations or access blocked by streets and buildings: Passenger recovery from urban cable transport is treacherous, difficult and intricate. Rescue system specialist IMMOOS has now developed the SS1 cable carriage, a tool facilitating fast and effective recovery.

Underrated solutions: Inclined elevators


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Be it train stations, touristic sights or residential areas, in many cities buildings and streets situated on hillsides are often difficult to get to. Traditional access by road, rail or elevator often reaches its limit. The underrated alternative? Inclined elevators!

First urban Gondola Cable Line in Mexico


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México City: Since October 2016, two aerial gondola cable lines built by LEITNER ropeways have been in operation on a five kilometer (3 mi) stretch in Ecatepec de Morelos, a densely populated district of Mexico’s biggest metropolis. The first months show that their aim to provide a safe and reliable means of transport to ease the pressure on land transport has been achieved.