In the mood for

urban cable transport!

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. (Photo: www.guentheregger.at)

In Lugano, Switzerland, they used the route of an old funicular to build a new one. Since 2016, an aerial tramway runs across a river and so does a 3S gondola line in Koblenz, Germany, that was built in 2011 for the International Horticultural Exhibition. It is a tourist attraction and has been successfully integrated with the public transport network. Perugia has been relying on its environment-friendly line linking the lower city and at airports such as Frankfurt, Minimetro or People Movers get airline passengers from A to B real fast. 



The carbon dioxide issue, dwindling crude oil reserves, pollution and permanent car traffic jams should be reason enough to start considering
alternatives. Photo: Fraunhoferinstitut

Europe is slowly but unstoppably awaking from its hibernation. What has already become the state of the art in South America, Northern Africa and Asia is now going to be used more and more in European cities: Cable transport systems as a solution for traffic issues. Yet, there is still a wide gap between those in favor and those against. What is noteworthy, however, is this: Whoever decided in favor of building an urban line between Moscow and Brest is still happy with this decision.


In Linz, Upper Austria, there are visions of a cable transport network. The “planetary“ gondola system has initially been shrugged at but proves rich food for thought.  Photo: Keplerforum Linz

Many are discussing these days. Universities, institutes, forums and clubs are dealing with this subject. From the Kepler forum in Linz, Austria, to Karlsruhe University in Germany, in mayor’s offices and environmental NGOs, discussions are vivid, centering on the question how mobility concepts can be made to abandon the ground as its most restricting paradigm and how urban traffic can successfully be hung on a line, moving people between houses and mobility hubs. 

Christine Oppitz-Plörer,

Mayor of Innsbruck, Austria:


“Hungerburgbahn is a funicular taking people from the city center to the sunny terraces overlooking Innsbruck. It is immensely popular with residents as well as tourists. Planning is under way for a line up Patscherkofel. Going to a nearby recreational area, it will be accessible using public transport, which makes it an urban line in some way. It will be a great benefit for locals and guests alike.”

Francoise Cuillandre,

Mayor of Brest, France:


“In view of the options transporter bridge, road bridge or moving overpass, Brest Métropole Océane as the principal has decided in favor of an aerial tramway serving a tram stop ion the Siam district due to much lower construction costs and its incomparably small C02 footprint.“