Hovering instead of standing in traffic jams

Cable cars as mobility solutions

Doppelmayr/Garaventa presents urban cable cars at SMART CITY SOLUTIONS

What has been the norm in skiing and hiking holidays for decades could revolutionise our progress in local transport. Bringing many people from A to B: In alpine terrain, cable cars have been doing this excellently for decades. But world market leader Doppelmayr/Garaventa has long expanded its focus. In more and more cities, Doppelmayr/Garaventa ropeways are established means of local transport.

A view of Bolivia, the city of La Paz with 760,000 inhabitants.
It is so far away from the Alps and at the same time so close, with its location at over 3,000 metres above sea level. The difference in altitude between a villa quarter in the valley basin and the high plateau in El Alto is about 1,000 metres. An area that is perfect for a cable car from Austria. Announced in 2012, residents now glide almost silently over the roofs of their city. It is the largest urban ropeway network in the world, but not the only place where Doppelmayr/Garaventa urban ropeways are in operation. In Germany, the Rheinseilbahn in Koblenz, built on the occasion of the Federal Horticultural Show in 2011, is still one of the Group's flagships as a popular means of local transport. Cologne is currently considering connecting the main railway station and the exhibition grounds across the Rhine by cable car. In numerous other German cities, there are various considerations and plans as to how cable cars could be integrated into the urban infrastructure as a mobility solution.


It can do what other means of transport cannot do or can do only with great effort; it is therefore excellently suited as a supplement. It can overcome mountains, rivers or roads. It can economically close gaps in local transport and expand route networks. It can connect what belongs together but is not connected. And it can relieve traffic routes that have reached their limits.
Modern cable cars move up to 5,000 passengers per hour, they are environmentally friendly, comparatively inexpensive and quickly available and, if required, fully automatic. This makes ropeways for smart cities highly attractive in terms of traffic planning.

The journey a few meters above the city is also comfortable, because the days of draughts, hard seat shells and uncomfortable entrances are long gone. Modern cabins are airconditioned, offer wifi and infotainment services and can be used by everyone, including wheelchairs, bicycles and prams. In general, digitalization offers attractive possibilities for making the operation of cable cars more convenient and efficient. At Doppelmayr/Garaventa, "SMART Ropeway" stands for developments that network ropeway systems with their environment and thus offer new possibilities - for operators and passengers alike.

At SMART CITY SOLUTIONS (17-19 September 2019, Messe Stuttgart), Doppelmayr/Garaventa will show how the mobile future of a city could take place above its roofs. In La Paz, Bolivia, this is no longer a dream of the future: only two years after the decision to opt for a cable car instead of an originally planned elevated railway, the first three lines went into operation. Today, a total of 10 lines form a 33-kilometer-long cable car network with 26 entry and exit options.

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