Is the Future of Urban Mobility Above Our Head?



Is the Future of Urban Mobility Above Our Head?

Authors

Marc Funda, Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH & CoKG, Katharina Anna Bernard, Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH & CoKG

Description

With advantages in flexibility, adaptability, and cost, cable transit solutions can dive into the urban market, complementing existing and creating new public transportation networks.

Abstract

Cities are continually growing and expanding, and information is traveling as fast as ever.
With advantages in flexibility, adaptability, and cost, cable transit solutions can dive into the urban market, complementing existing and creating new public transportation networks.
Working at every level, cable has the unique ability to utilize and expand upon a city´s natural corridors, built form, and existing transit networks. Careful attention to rider comfort and experience, along with community cooperation, and proven benefits can attract both city and resident support. Flexibility in system components and architecture increases opportunity both aesthetically and spatially, optimizing the system for almost any type of urban situation.

There are numerous examples of urban aerial cable systems in the world today (Algeria, Brazil, Venezuela, UK, Germany among others). The biggest urban cable network has been installed last year in La Paz, Bolivia. It consists of three independent cable installations, linking the neighboring cities of La Paz and El Alto.The Linea Roja (Red Line) and the Linea Amarilla (Yellow Line) link the neighboring cities of La Paz and El Alto. The Linea Amarilla is connected to the Linea Verde (Green Line) which runs from the center of La Paz to the south of the city. The overall length of the three cable systems is approx. 10 km and includes 11 stations. As well as significantly relieving road traffic congestion, commuters benefit from the new mode of transport. A trip which takes an hour or more by car is shortened to 10 to 17 minutes by cable car. All lines operate daily from 5.30 am to 10.30 pm.

The fares are set at 3 bolivianos (35 euro cents). School children, students, pensioners and people with disabilities travel for half that amount. The response has been highly positive with 100,000 tickets sold during the first weekend of operation. 8.5 million passengers were carried within six months (Linea Roja and Linea Amarilla only). Since the start of operation more than 1 million passengers are transported each month on each line. The cable car is therefore living up to its name and its aspiration: “Mi Teleférico – Uniendo Nuestras Vidas”
(“My cable car – connecting our lives”).

Publisher

Association for European Transport