Innovation in the air: using cable cars for urban transport

1 NbKnQKS58pvtrmV7xrLbywInvented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities, where they are being used as an alternative to conventional urban transport modes. This technology uses electrically-propelled steel cables to move suspended cars (or cabins) between terminals at different elevation points.

The tipping point. The emergence of cable cars in urban transport is fairly new. Medellín, Colombia pioneered the use of cable cars for urban transport when it opened its first “Metrocable” line in 2004. Since then, urban cable cars have grown in popularity around the world, with recent projects in Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Guayaquil, Santo Domingo, La Paz, and Medellín), Asia (Yeosu, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong), Africa (Lagos, Constantine), and Europe (London, Koblenz, Bolzano). Cable cars can be an attractive urban transport solution to connect communities together when geographical barriers such as hills and rivers make other modes infeasible.

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Urban Transport Program Helps Keep Kabul Clean

STORY HIGHLIGHTSKUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)
  • Improved drainage is one of the many benefits of a newly rebuilt main road in Kabul.
  • Commuters and residents alike are benefiting from the improved traffic flow, clean environment, and safer traffic conditions as a result of the reconstruction project by Kabul Municipality under the Kabul Urban Transport Efficiency Improvement Project.
  • The main road is one of six that have been resurfaced to improve road conditions, transport, and access in the capital city.

 

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