Lift-off for urban cable car projects as cities seek transport solutions



When we hear the word cable car we tend to think of mountains, snow, skiing and holidays. Many discussions are around the climate change and the impact it has on cable car companies and destinations. However, there is an alternative solution regarding the usage of the cable way in cities as well as in developing and poor countries. The alternative usage of the cable cars as a public transportation system offers many opportunities through different sections. It offers added value to the tourist for discovering destinations and landscapes in a peaceful atmosphere far away from the hectic, noisy and stressful city traffic. Also the fact of the growing population and the place needed requires a sustainable and feasible solution. The cable car offers not only an opportunity for already developed countries or areas, but also in poor and developing counties. Often the people live far away from the city centre which often lies up in the hills or having almost inaccessible routes to rich. The cable cars would offer an alternative solution for the transportation system in the future. It would integrate the urban people in providing access to the city in the case of finding a job or other needs. + Cost factor / Space / Construction The usage of such cable cars instead of vehicles is more environmental friendly and it is less costly and more efficient in transporting capacity per hour. Cable cars produce very low emissions and require less energy because there’s constant rotation. Also the aerial space is much less compared to the space needed for a subway or tramline. Therefore it makes it easy to integrate such a transportation system into a city which may already exist.

Existing examples

There are already cities and destinations which are using the cable car system to create a greater ease in the transportation system. Already 1934 in French the cable car was used to transport people from the French Alps into the city centre from a hilltop across the river Isère. Many other projects where planned but never realized like the rejected at Issy les Moulineaux, near Paris because local residents did not like the idea of the cable car passing over their rooftops. Nevertheless new projects are planned like a cable-car service in Toulhouse is due to open in 2017 connecting three parts which are separated by the river and a hill. The cable car will make the connection to the metro. The distance of that cable car is about 2.6km and has a Passengers capacity up to 7,000/ hour in a 90secont interval. This saves almost 1 hour compared to drive the same distance by car or bus.

Sources: (Related Article: Thames cable cars open at Greenwich / Theguardina.cu.uk)


Sophie, L. (2012). Lift-off for urban cable car projects as cities seek transport solutions. Retrieved November, 17.2012 from http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/06/cable-cars-transport-solutions-france

Nisha, K (2011). Urban transport with a new view. Retrieved November, 17.2012 from http://beyondprofit.com/urban-transport-with-a-view/ Picture:

Sophie, L. (2011). The Guardian.Lift-off for urban cable car projects as cities seek transport solutions. Retrieved November 17, 2012 from http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthread.php/19281-Lift-off-for-urban-cable-car-projects-as-cities-seek-transport-solutions

Author: Zimmermann François


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