The upper station of the San Genesio cable car built in 1937 is located just 500 meters from the center of the village of San Genesio (Jenesien). It is one of the first aerial cableways used as a means of public transport. It connects the people of the village to the city life of Bolzano. Renovated by Hubert Zuegg in 1966, and by Hölzl Seilbahnbau in 1982 and 2000, the cable car transports 700 persons per day.
It is a part of the South Tyrolean Transport Association and it is operated by SAD Transporto Locale S.p.A. It goes without saying that it is interconnected with the city bus network. The project for a new Bolzano – San Genesio cable car was introduced in Bolzano on 7 July by Florian Mussner, the province’s councilor for mobility, Renzo Caramaschi and Paul Romen, mayors of Bolzano and San Genesio respectively, Joachim Dejaco, Director of STA AG, and Günther Burger, director of the Provincial Department for Mobility.
“Cableways connecting valleys and mountains, but also urban cableways, are being used more and more as the fastest, comfortable and, above all, environment- friendly means of transport. These qualities make the San Genesio cable car compliant with the province’s mobility concept aiming at quality of life and sustainability”, emphasizes councilor Mussner.
After several attempts, the province and the municipalities of Bolzano and San Genesio have now reached an agreement about how the already 80-year-old cable car is to be renewed. “The new cable car to San Genesio will continue to run along the same route, only the top station will be moved a little. But what’s more important, it should accommodate the needs of commuters, students and other passengers, be well interconnected with the local public transport system and organized in a way ensuring its economic viability,” stresses Mussner.
“The new cable car will become another important component within Bolzano’s mobility concept”, says the city’s mayor Caramaschi. “The most important thing is to make more and more people refrain from using their own vehicles and use public transport instead. Along with the new cable car, there will also be new bus lines ensuring good connection.”
The new cable car will be supported by three, instead of the current seven, towers and it will run along an inclined length of 2.5 kilometers, with a height difference of 760 meters, in 15-, 10- or 7.5-minute intervals. The operation will be cabin-attendant-free. The cable car should smoothly connect to the respective buses at both the base and top stations. The project for the stations will be chosen in an architectural competition. A call for tender has already been issued; another tender for the cableway itself will follow next year. ah