Urban Cable Cars – Is the future of urban mobility above our heads

                                                              

Urban Cable Cars – Is the future of urban mobility above our heads

Doppelmayr
Solution proposed by: 
Doppelmayr
In a Nutshell: 
Cable cars do not depend on mountains. From river crossings to bypassing and reducing traffic congestion, cable systems are committed to helping cities resolve their mobility needs. They have already proven their efficiency and attractiveness as a cost-effective, rapidly installed, innovative part of public transport networks around the world.
Where and When: 
Tlemcen, Skikda and Constantine, Algier (in Algeria), La Paz (Bolivia), London (UK), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Caracas (Venezuela), Koblenz (Germany), Singapore, Portland (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), among others
Challenges: 
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.
Innovation: 
As cities grow, so the competition for the remaining space intensifies. In many cases, it is no longer possible to expand the existing road network. Problems are compounded by a lack of existing transport infrastructure as well as by built-up inner or outer city areas with inadequate links to central transport systems. Underground rail schemes often founder due to the level of investment required. The innovation: open up a whole new plane for passenger transport with cable systems
Concept: 
With more and more cars clogging up the roads, journey times continue to increase. Traffic congestion and smog are part of daily life. A shift from private to public transport is often hindered by congested traffic routes which slow down conventional means of transport, making them less attractive. Urban cable cars are far more than a practical add-on to supplement car, bus and rail. As a cost-effective mode of transport that can readily be integrated into existing urban spatial structures, the cable car harbors enormous potential for the social development of extra-urban communities. Experience shows that new urban centers establish themselves around cable car stations.
Description: 
- Uses a new level: Urban cable cars follow a dedicated route that is independent of other modes of transport. High capacity with optimal energy efficiency: Modern high-capacity installations carry up to 6,000 passengers per hour and direction. Short building phase without traffic hindrance: Cable car projects can be implemented rapidly thanks to a high level of modularization and optimized work processes. Spacious cabins: Up to 35 passengers can be carried in one cabin – as well as bicycles, baby strollers and baggage items. The world´s safest means of transport: Cable cars have a proven track record and are statistically the safest means of transport. Direct connection: This means the fastest route from A to B in built-up areas or in the case of physical obstacles. Simple integration into existing public transit systems: Continuous movement cable cars don´t stop. Consequently, they have no problem interfacing with other modes of transport as there is no need to coordinate service frequency. Low space requirements for stations and towers: A minimal structural footprint enables cable cars to be built in densely populated cities. No waiting times in stations: Cable cars are continuous movement transport systems. That means: constant availability of cabins and no need for timetables. Barrier-free mobility for all: Level access for wheelchair users and passengers with impaired mobility while cabins run at minimum speed or stop. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective: Cable cars have a minimum impact on the environment and offer an excellent cost-benefit ratio.
Impacts: 
Looking at the example of La Paz: 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 the cable systems. 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. Since the start of operation more than 1 million passengers are transported each month on each line.

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