AERIAL GONDOLA and CABLE CAR PROJECTS
North America / International:
ECO-Transit consults with public and private clients independently, or as a member of Project Architectural / Engineering Teams.
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- Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO (2017) – “Aspen / Highlands / Buttermilk / Snowmass Connector” –
Preliminary proposal to analyze technologies and layout alternative routes between the four Aspen Resorts, utilizing 3S gondola technology and a prototype CableSmart gondola technology to allow for
an on-call network of autonomous self-propelled gondola cabins utilizing both aerial cable guideways on the mountains and steel structure rail guideways in the resort villages. Analysis of
transportation distribution systems. Project partner: Dimensione Inginierie, SA. Length 5.5 miles with multiple stations.
- Cornucopia Mountain, Halfway, OR (2018) – “Ridgeline Ropeway” - Consulting contract for the planning and
design of an aerial cableway (chairlift / gondola / chondola) to link the Cornucopia Lodge to winter backcountry skiing / snowmobiling, and summer hiking, biking and mountaineering. Services included
site reconnaissance, lift technology analysis, alternative route mapping layouts, cost estimates and performance specifications. Length 0.7 mile with 2 stations.
- Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, NC (2019) – “City Park Skyway” - Consulting services to the master plan of the Raleigh City Council to provide a 10
passenger urban gondola system to link downtown and the municipal parking structure to the redevelopment areas of Dorothea Dix Municipal Park. Studied two
routes along City rights of way to minimize eminent domain, and developed route analyses, performance specifications, and capital and O&M cost estimates for the system. Length 1.2 miles with 3
- Miami-Dade County (MPO); Miami, FL – Feasibility study contract with
cost analysis and evaluation criteria commissioned by the Citizens Independent Transit Trust (CITT) and the MPO for an urban gondola connector inclusive in the study with BRT, light rail and elevated
guideway people mover modes. Linking the 27th Ave Metrorail station, the Coconut Grove village core and the Convention Center along alternative right of way transit corridors; comparison of design of
project transit modes. Study partner Reynolds, Smith, Hills Engineering. 2.6 mi / 3 to 4 stations.
- Broward County (MPO); Ft Lauderdale, FL - Intermodal station area
design and development (SADD) study commissioned by the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the main airport light rail station of the proposed automated people mover (APM) between the
cruise ship port, Port Everglades, and the FLL airport; studied the movement of passengers between facilities and stations; study partner - Parsons Brinkerhoff. Length 2.5 mi / 2
- Wasatch Front Range Council (MPO); Salt Lake City, UT - Multi-modal
feasibility study commissioned by the WFRC Metropolitan Planning Organization to connect the Ogden Intermodal Center with downtown. Evaluation of light rail, streetcar, BRT and aerial cable transit
as possible modes. Prepared the ACT technology and alignment analysis portion of the study with profiles, route alternatives and station locations. Study partner - Michael Baker Engineering. 2.2
mi / 3 stations.
- MART World Fair, New Orleans, LA - Project management for Poma of America
for the supply, installation and certification of the Worlds Fair monocable 6 passenger gondola crossing over the Mississippi River with a free span of 3,000 feet from bank to bank. Provided
coordination with outside contractors and consultants and provided customer facility tours. Project under Poma - Length 0.8 mi / 2 stations.
- Fort Lewis College / City of Durango: Colorado - The University and the
City teamed for this technical feasibility study for a pulsed gondola to link the main Campus and student housing with the central business district. The City will realize an economic benefit from
providing more convenient transit service for students and faculty to downtown merchants; gondola revenues from tourists are projected to cover all annual operating and maintenance costs of the
aerial transit system; 0.7 mi length / 2 stations.
- University of New Mexico; Albuquerque,NM - Technical study,
line profiles and ridership projections for the University's Department of Astrophysics to determine route alternatives and specifications for an aerial gondola system to access the proposed mesa-top
advanced telescopic observatory, interpretive center and astronomy museum. Project located in Grants, NM; lengths 0.8 to 1.3 mi / 2 to 3 stations; study partner Poma of America.
- Weber State University, Ogden, UT - Preliminary Technical Feasibility
Study to link the University main campus with an interconnected transit gondola to the proposed aerial cableway transit system by the City of Ogden; the two systems would provide service from the
Utah multimodal light rail station to several mid line stops in Ogden with the end stop at Weber State. Length 4.1 mi / 4 stations.
- Ghost Town Park; Asheville, NC – Contract for the design,
engineering, manufacturing, project management, construction and certification for the rebuilding of an existing aerial cableway chairlift and a dual, incline funicular system with four 40 passenger
vehicles, linking remote parking lots to the mountain top Theme Park and attractions; successfuly consulted for both of the re-engineered and rebuilt systems; 1.2 mi / 2 stations.Chairlift
completed; incline funicular 70% completion.
- Orange County; Orlando, FL – Technical feasibility study contract
for Intrawest Placemaking with engineering, profile and perofrmance specifications for the partners Orange County and Intrawest Corp for a gondola people mover connector system crossing over
the highway between a new residential and commercial mixed use development and the Westin Hotel connecting to the Orlando Convention Center; 0.4 mi / 2 stations.
- Angel Fire Resort; Taos, NM – Contract for the supply, project
management, construction and certification of a new Leitner detachable grip (gondola technology) quad chairlift at 2,800 pphpd capacity to open up an expansion area under the US Forest Service
special use permit; length 1.4 mi / 2 stations - turnkey project under Leitner Lifts USA.
- Jay Peak Resort; Jay, VT- Contract for the re-engineering and re-fitting
of a 120 passenger Von Roll jig-back aerial tramway and the management, construction and design certification of a new Leitner detachable grip quad chairlift to replace an older chairlift; 1.2 mi and
1-5 mi / 4 stations - project under Leitner Lifts USA.
- Granby Ranch Resort, Colorado - Contract for the supply, project
management, construction, and certification of a Leitner detachable quad chairlift (2,800 pph capacity) and fixed grip chairlift (1,800 pph capacity) for new ownership of the ski area. The two lifts
enabled the expansion plan under the USFS permit. Lengths 0.9 and 0.8 mi / 4 stations - project under Leitner Lifts USA.
- City of Ogden; Ogden, UT – Feasibility and transit oriented
development (TOD) study commissioned by the City Planning Department for an ACT aerial cable gondola to connect Weber State University, the proposed downtown redevelopment area, and the new Ogden
Intermodal Rail and Transit Center; 4 mi length / 4 stations.
- Miami Chamber of Commerce; Miami, FL – Technical and economic feasibility study for the proposed
Bay-Link transit system. An ACT gondola, crossing over Biscayne Bay and connecting Watson Island with the Miami Metro-mover station at Museum Park and Bayside; continuing service along the Macarthur
Causeway, crossing over the intracoastal Waterway to Miami Beach and the Convention Center; 3.5 mi / 5 stations.
- Miami-Dade Aviation Board; Miami, FL – Concept proposal for a 3-S dual gondola or funitel tramway
system for the MIC-MIA people mover running between the Miami International Airport and the rental car / Intermodal Center and the main passenger terminals’ entry area and parking garages; 1.3 mi / 2
- Sandestin Resort, Fort Walton, FL - Planning and management of residential and commercial development projects for the expansion
phase of Sandestin Resort; coordinated engineering, architectural and construction teams under contract for Intrawest Corp for condo, hotel and marina development projects. Attended
stakeholder meetings and secured project permits and development orders from Fort Walton County.
- Mount Shasta Park, Redding, CA - Turnkey contract for the permitting, project management, construction,
commissioning and certification of one surface lift and two aerial ropeway chairlifts as phase 1 of the ski resort development plan; 0.7 to 1.1 mi / 4 stations - project under Poma of
- Office of Coordinator General; Tasmania, Australia - (2019) "Cradle Mountain National Park" - Technical and
Economic feasibility study for a high speed aerial gondola system to serve the dual purpose of an access transportation system and tourism attraction to access Dove Lake and this designated UNESCO
World Heritage Site. High sensitivity environmental considerations for station and tower placements, and low profile versus high profile line. This proposed cable car will greatly reduce the carbon
footprint created by the existing shuttle bus service into the National Park. Study partner - PB Associates, System length 8.0 km / 3 to 5 stations.
- Municipal de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2019) - Consultant and
member of teams to design and offer for Linea 1 and Linea 2 of the municapal telefericos to connect neighborhoods to the Western subway extension. Analyzed 1S and 3S teleferico technology and
designed the profiles, stations, towers and cabins to be able to develop specifications and capital costs and operation and maintenance budgets; Proposal partners - Super Canal Group, Estrella
Construction, Integra Architects, Deya Group and Bartholet Lifts; Lengths 5.0 km and 12.1 km with 4 and eight stations.
- Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff, Canada - Project management for the
conversion of a high speed detachable chairlift to a gondola system. Replacement of all chairs and associated electro-mechanical equipment with re-designed gondola cabins and associated acceleration
/ deceleration mechanisms. Supervision of the commissioning and acceptance test procedures to put the gondola into public operation.
Length 1.6 miles / 2 stations.
- Crosslink Development, Niagara, Canada – Contract for feasibility study for developer of the "Crosslink
Bridge" mixed-use and entertainment development project to link the Amtrak railroad station, downtown main street, water park hotel, and Niagara Falls State Park to the National Park and attractions
on the Canada side; 0.9 to 2.8 mi / 4 stations.
- Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico - "Baranca Canyon" - Technical
feasibility study for the Municipality and the University to analyze a Teleferico gondola system to cross over a river and canyon to access undeveloped land to expand the main University campus and
develop a new east-side campus; length 3.5 km / 3 stations.
- Municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico – “Desde de Aire”,”Luis
Marin”, “Moisty” – Consulting services for Deya Corp. for three feasibility studies to re-engineer / rebuild a CTEC chairlift and Doppelmayr gondola in municipal parks; also developed
specifications and RFP for a proposed 10 passenger Teleferico in San Juan; 0.6 to 1 mi / multiple stations.
- Municipality of Aguadilla; Puerto Rico - Study contract for route
alignments, ACT system types and selection, specifications and cost estimates for an aerial cableway to connect a newly developed sports stadium and waterpark complex to the downtown business core,
with an ocean crossing extension above the harbor to provide access to the regional beach park; 2.8 miles with 4 stations.
- Noboribetsu Resort, Hokkaido, Japan - Preliminary master plan for hot
springs retreat hotels and resort area featuring a nearby Bear Park; worked with area hotel association to connect several hot spring hotel properties with the Bear Park and parking facilities with
an aerial gondola transportation system; site analysis, route alternatives and cost estimates. Study partner - SBW Development; lengths 3.2 to 5.3 km / multiple stations.
- Municipal de Zapopan, Mexico – “Primavera” project -
Sub-contract with Estudio 314 Architecture for inspection of alternative routes and equipment specifications for a transportation Teleferico to link the Zapopan downtown commercial district with the
sports stadium and new public recreation areas; 2.8 mi / 4 stations.
- Municipal de Puerto Vallarta – Mexico - “Parque de Agua Azul” –
Feasibility study commissioned by City government for construction of an aerial cable transit Teleferico from the City Malecon to the proposed Bluewater Ecological Park to be developed by the
Municipality for tourism, research and conservation; 2.5 mi / 3 stations.
- Zoologico de Vallarta; PV, Mexico – “Rainforest Tram” –
Contract with the P. V. Municipal Zoo for an engineering design study with profiles / drawings for a rainforest aerial Teleferico attraction to increase visitors to the Zoo by connecting the Park to
a mountain-top restaurant and nature center; 0.5 mi / 3 stations.
- Autoridad del Canal de Panama; Panama City –
“Cerra Ancon” project - Represented the Canal Authority to evaluate the construction of an aerial Teleferico to connect the western cruise ship port with the former U.S. military headquarters on
Cerra Ancon and develop an ecological park for tourism development. Services: land survey, mapping, specifications, cost analysis, preliminary drawings. Route – 2.9 km length with 3
- Golder Geotechnical; Malawi, Africa – “Chambre Basin” project – Subcontract with Golder
Corp for technical and environmental study for replacement of a logging tram with a new industrial aerial cableway to haul rare earth elements ore from mining operation to the trucking terminus.
Services: mapping, design, environmental survey,specifications, drawings, cost estimates. Route – 3.6 km length with 3 stations.
- ENEL Power Corp; Aviolo, Italy – “Teleferica Aviolo”
project – Contract for re-engineering and re-certification of major modifications to jig-back industrial cableway with one carrier at 5 tons payload and one carrier at 10 tons payload; tramway moves
equipment for the construction of the Edolo hydroelectric dam. Services: review of drawings, new drawing package, engineering, project management, certification. Route - 1.5 km with 2
- Savona-Cairo Corp; Savona, Italy - Engineering
contract for the modification and re-certification of a detachable grip industrial cableway with capacity of 1,800 Tons of ore, connecting the mine with the harbor and storage facilities. Services:
modification drawings, permits, project management, procurement supervision, commissioning and certification. Route - 17.3 km with 10 stations.
- SBW Development Corporation; Seoul, Korea – “Muju Resort” project – Represented the owner for the design engineering and construction of
16 quad chairlifts and an eight passenger gondola in Tokusan National Park over a 4 year period. Constructed Doppelmayr, Poma and Nippon Cable ropeway products. Services: project management,
engineering, drawings, specifications, RFP documents, bid review, contract documents, construction management, certification. Route - 0.5 km to 3.0 km with multiple stations.
HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS: (Lift Inspection / Data Weighing Systems)
- Ghost Town Park; Asheville, NC- (2018) ECO-Transit was awarded the
contract by the new owners of Ghost Town Adventure Park to inspect, re-engineer, rebuild and recertify the access chairlift people mover that transports guests from the valley parking lots to the
mountaintop theme park, retail shops and restaurant. The successful completion of this project is critical to the re-opening of the Adventure Park as this chairlift provides the only guest access to
the upper levels of the Park attractions.
One of the primary tasks required by NCDOL for the inspection phase of the recertification is a formal
pull-testing of the 15 towers to test the integrity of the foundations, anchor bolts and structures. This testing procedure requires extensive rigging with winches, wire rope, fabric slings, chokers
and the most critical piece of equipment - a 5 ton digital dynamometer. The dynamometer accurately measures the calculated forces to be applied to each tower for the pull tests. For our tests we
used a Dillon Dynamometer supplied
by Data Weighing Systems. The dynamometer supplied by DWS was
calibrated perfectly before delivery to us in the field and included a remote digital readout which saved a lot of time and added to our safety levels for administering the tests. DWS was very
responsive to our phone inquiries, got the device to us on time, and was very flexible with our scheduling needs. The pull-tests were successfully completed and all rigging that was set up and the
dynamometer set supplied by DWS performed flawlessly.