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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.

The line is in operation 17 hours a day, transporting 17,000 passengers per day on average. It is directly linked with the existing public transport network. For residents and visitors of Ecatepec de Morelos, the new cable link has brought greatly improved mobility and quality of life.

 

“For the Ecatepec and La Cañada neighborhoods, these gondolas are a clean, environment-friendly and modern solution. Instead of spending 50 minutes in a traffic jam, passengers ride to main public transport lines within Mexico City in less than 19 minutes”, says Paul M. Abed, project manager with the project’s license holder, Consorcio aristos S.A.B. de C.V..

 

“People can save a lot of time (377 hours per year), time they can spend with their families instead”, Abed adds. “The La Cañada area is also home to many young schoolchildren and students who had to walk several kilometers to get to their schools. This cable line is also a safe solution for these young people. Parents walk the kids to the gondola station knowing they will arrive at school safely and on time.”

 

 

 All stations show murals painted by regional and international artists enriching the cityscape.

Cable Installation by drone


 

The line consists of two independent aerial gondola cable lines that are connected with a changing station and links Via Morelos with San Andrés de la Cañada. Seven stations allow boarding and disembarkation along the two 2.9 kilometer (1.8 mi) and 1.8 kilometer (1.1 mi) stretches. All stations show murals painted by regional and international artists enriching the cityscape. In the urban area, helicopters cannot be used, so in several locations special technical means were used to facilitate construction work. A drone was used for cable installation.

 

 

The line is in operation 17 hours a day, transporting 17,000 passengers per day on average

Environment-friendly Transport Solution


 

he Mexico City gondola lines are also the first installation of the LEITNER DirectDrive in the Americas. The globally leading drive product has been setting standards for more than 15 years. It is at the core of many cable transport systems around the globe. Its unique gearless operation offers numerous advantages over other drive methods. It is not only unbeatably efficient, low-noise and environment-friendly, due to its low wear and high availability it also minimizes standstills, an important factor especially in public transport.


With this new transportation project, Mexico is following the successful example of other LEITNER Ropeways projects that are solving traffic problems in the urban areas of South America. These include the 10-passenger gondola line in Manizales, Colombia, and one in Cali, Columbia, where since September of 2015 a line has been linking Siloé, one of the poorest quarters, with the public transport network.

 

Mexico City – Etactepec 1


  • System: GD10
  • Line Length: 2.919 m
  • Vertical Height: 55 m
  • Maximum Speed: 6,0 m/s
  • System Capacity: 3.000 Pers./h
  • Carrier Capacity: 10 P.
  • Number of Towers: 20
  • Transit Time: 10 min 30 sec
  • Number of Carriers: 108

Mexico City – Etactepec 2


  • System: GD10
  • Line Length: 1.805 m
  • Vertical Height: 62 m
  • Maximum Speed: 6,0 m/s
  • System Capacity: 3.000 Pers./h
  • Carrier Capacity: 10 P.
  • Number of Towers: 20
  • Transit Time: 7 min 30 sec
  • Number of Carriers: 76