Cableway as a cure?


Going up in the air before we run out of air-this idea triggers many discussions.

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.

Yariv Gideon Levin, Israeli Minister for Tourism:

“One has to climb many tiring steps on the way to the Wailing Wall. A cableway will make access to the wall easier for our people and, at the same time, it will be a great tourist attraction. There is no more opportune time for launching this revolutionary project than just now. The cableway will change the picture of Jerusalem in a positive way.”

Virginia Raggi, Rome’s mayor:

“In terms of its cost, the cableway will be less expensive than an underground line and it will be able to transfer as many as 3,000 persons per hour in each direction at a speed of 21.6 kilometers per hour. The route should be four kilometers long and the cableway will significantly improve the quality of life in the city. Cities such as London and Rio have long been a good example for us of how things can work.”

It will get hot in Israel. Even hotter than the local political situation already is. A heated discussion about a cableway is coming up. The cableway should transport up to 3,000 passengers per hour. Traversing the city of Jerusalem, it should enable easy and comfortable access to the Wailing Wall for tourists and visitors. These are the words of the Minister for Tourism, Yariv Gideon Levin, attorney- at-law and politician.


According to the already agreed plan, a 1.4-kilometers long cableway is to be set up running from the west of the city to the Wailing Wall. 200 million shekels will be needed, approximately 50 million euros. Operation is to begin in 2021. It will help people avoid sore feet, sunstroke and dry throat on their journey to the biblical site. Man will triumph over traffic jams also in Rome.


The lady mayor of the eternal city, Virginia Raggi, would like to have a cableway interconnecting individual parts of the city. The 90-million-euro infrastructure should connect both of the Italian capital’s quarters of Casalotti and Battistini in the west. And Vitali Klitschko would like to build a cableway even in Kiev.

So many countries, so many customs

There are 14 urban cableways, already built or planned, in the city of Algiers alone. In the mining town of Chiatura in Georgia, the local 16 ca - bleways constitute an important part of the public transport system. Also in Tbilisi there are cableways connecting the city’s quarters situated on terraced slopes. In Medellin (Colombia), three cableways run as the Metrocable de Medellin, an integral part of the city transport system.


In Singapore, the cableway to the pleasure island of Sentosa has become a landmark. In Portland, a cableway connects Marquam Hill with the Oregon Health and Science University Center in South Waterfront. These are just a few examples. And there is La Paz, of course – the showcase project of the utmost quality. ah