Eco-Transit consultants provide specialized cable car, tramway, ropeway and gondola project design services for the planning, and feasibility study of gondola lift and cable car systems, including other types of lifts and ropeways for industrial applications, tourism, ski areas and urban mass transit. We have provided our consulting services for over 25 years to municipalities, private developers, engineering companies, resorts, and to other public and private sector clients, as well as to planning, engineering, architecture and feasibility teams for multi-modal studies that include urban gondolas and resort development studies that include recreational gondolas.
We have extensive consulting experience with the design, planning and study of aerial ropeways from one half mile to five miles in length with interconnections to other transit modes and with both simple stations and intermodal transit stations with associated mixed use development. We have also studied numerous gondola alignments that climb steep inclines, run along flat terrain, travel above city roadways, and cross over waterways, highways and other rights of way. The environmental benefits of this specialized form of “Green Transit” are showcased in our feasibility studies and designs for resort, attraction, and urban gondola ropeway projects.
AERIAL CABLE TRANSIT (ACT) TECHNOLOGY
Mass Transit – Gondola, cable car and aerial tramway (also called teleferico) systems are increasingly being implemented worldwide as People Movers for mass transit and these aerial gondolas are interconnecting with bus, rail and APM’s at intermodal transit centers.
Automation - Equivalent to automatic train
controls; aerial tramway and gondola sytems are fully automated with redundant, fail-safe electronic monitoring and control systems for optimal safety - safety records exceed those of all surface
Right of Way - Operating in exclusive aerial ROW's, gondolas, telefericos and cable cars are separated from roadways, traffic, intersections, sidewalks bikes and pedestrians. In this manner, safety is greater and congestion is minimized versus surface modes of transit.
Headways — No waiting at stations for vehicles to arrive - cabin intervals are normally 15 to 30 seconds; Gondola system's “walk up and board” feature assures there are multiple vehicles in stations ready for boarding at all times.
Capacity - Due to the frequent vehicle arrivals / departures, passenger carrying capacities can range from 2,000 to 5,000 people per hour per direction; capacities are regulated for peak and non-peak operation.
Speed – ACT aerial gondola systems are slower (travelling10 to 18 mph) than most surface transit modes, but average route speed can be greater with the short headways and no speed loss from traffic congestion, traffic lights, weather conditions, etc.
Mobility - Aerial Gondola and Tramway (Teleferico) systems are fully ADA compliant with wide cabin doors, and level boarding platforms and vehicle floors; in most cases wheelchairs can board / de-board with no special procedures or stopping the system.
Vehicles - Gondola cabins normally range in size from 10 to 35 passengers and offer seating and standing, and are available with wireless internet, intercom, closed circuit TV, lighting, ventilation, heating, air conditioning and bike racks.
Construction — Minimal right of way footprint and less civil works and infrastructure relocation result in 12 to 18 month construction times and much less disruption along route; neighborhoods are less physically and time impacted.
Sustainability - Innovative electric “green mode” of transit with minimal air and noise pollution compared to other transit modes. On board vehicle power is solar / battery and main electric motive power source can be wind / solar credits.
Cost - Aerial Ropeway capital costs and annual O&M costs are significantly less than most surface rail or fixed guideway people movers. System life cycles are 30 to 50 years, depending on annual operating hours and preventive maintenance.
"Aerial Gondolas / Cable Cars / Aerial Tramways / Funiculars / Telefericos"