Urban Gondola Systems
Urban Gondola Systems

Professional Consultants for Gondolas, Aerial Tramways and Cable Cars 

Our Consulting Team brings a professional dedication to our Aerial Gondola, Cable Car, Ski Lift and Resort planning, engineering and feasibility study projects:

 

CONSULTING STAFF:

ROGER GARDNER (Principal) founded Eco-Transit and has 40 years experience as a designer, executive, project manager and operator in resort and urban amenities, gondolas, cable cars, and funiculars; he has set up engineering offices and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. for two of the major European ropeway manufacturers. Gardner has a wealth of experience in both urban oriented and mountain resort aerial cableway and resort amenity operations, planning, environmental integration and construction. He also has relevant experience in station oriented development for urban gondola systems as well as resort property planning and design. Roger started his career at several ski and golf resorts in Colorado, California and Asia in the mountain operations, planning and construction departments. He then moved into the ski lift and aerial cableway sector holding management positions with several aerial ropeway manufacturing and engineering firms. He was the U.S. President of one of the largest worldwide aerial cableway manufacturers before founding Eco-Transit as an independent resort amenity and urban aerial cableway consultancy in 2002. He has collaborated on numerous resort and public transportation projects with lift component manufacturers including Bartholet, Doppelmayr, Leitner-Poma, Ctec, Partek, Von Roll, Arcelor, Teufelberger, STM, CWA and Sigma; and with major architectural and real estate firms for station area design and development projects. Gardner has authored numerous planning and design feasibility studies for resort and urban development that focus on aerial cable car systems and urban gondolas as public transit and resort attractions. Mr. Gardner has been directly involved with the planning, design, project management and construction of over 100 lift systems and aerial cableways worldwide.

MARK DOMAN, PE (Senior Ropeway Engineer) is a well respected and recognized expert for all types of lifts and aerial cable systems and has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing, engineering, inspection, design, commissioning, project management and certification in the automotive, theme park, snowmaking, ski lift and aerial cableway industries. Mark served as the Chief Aerial Ropeway Inspector for the State of Michigan for 15 years with responsibility for 350 rides, ski lifts and ropeway systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer for tramways in multiple U.S. and Canada states and provinces. Mark was also the former Engineering Director of one of the largest worlwide aerial cableway manufacturers based in the U.S., with full responsibility for the design engineering, project management and certification of all aerial cable car, gondola and lift projects in North America. He has consulted for a number of diverse engineering teams in the preparation of engineering design and feasibility studies for public and private clients and has managed numerous aerial cableway construction, commissioning, and certification projects. Doman serves on the (ANSI) B77.1 Standards for Tramways Committee and has served on OITAF International Ropeways Organization committees.

ANDREA MAROCCHI, P.E. / PhD (Consulting Ropeway Engineer) provides consulting engineering with a variety of public and private clients and has 40 years experience in design engineering, safety standards and project management for aerial cable systems, funiculars and gondolas, and is an acknowledged expert for resort , industrial and urban transit ropeways. Marocchi has many tramway industry project references in Europe, North America, Japan and Korea. He has assisted regional governments in planning and programming of cable car public transportation systems; and he was special consultant to the 2006 Winter Olympics for their ropeway and gondola transportation systems. For five years he was a registered engineering consultant responsible for assessment of the European Ropeway Safety Standards by appointment of the European CEN Codes Organization. He has been a technical adviser and consultant to several European ski resorts and the manufacturers Doppelmayr, Garaventa, Leitner Lifts, and CCM Lifts. Andrea is a frequent speaker and technical paper presenter to international standards organizations, such as OITAF, concerning International Codes' conformance to recognized tramway and gondola safety standards.

MICHAEL ACIERNO (Financial Specialist) has 30 years of experience with startup and emerging growth companies in the transportation, infrastructure, and financial sectors. Michael was a founding director of First American Railways, the parent company of the groundbreaking Florida Fun-Train and has provided ongoing financial consulting services for the Durango & Silverton Railroad in Colorado. He held the position of VP of Corporate Development with North American Mag-Lev / Transrapid, which was recognized by the State of Florida for the intrastate High Speed Rail program. Transrapid developed and operated the first commercially viable MagLev transportation system in the world in Shanghai, China. Mr. Acierno has worked on various P3 structured, public / private partnerships for transit / infrastructure development and has worked extensively with the government transportation agencies of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Broward County and the City and County of Denver, Colorado.

JOSE GUILLERMO DEYA, PE (Consulting Ropeway Engineer) is native to Puerto Rico and fluent in English and Spanish. Mr. Deya received his engineering degrees in the United States and has over 25 years of experience in elevators, inclines and ropeway transportation systems engineering. He is an expert in the planning, construction, and maintenance of elevators and aerial cableways. Deya has extensive knowledge in project management, budget planning and system's operations. In 2011 Jose founded the company, Caribbean Ropeway Advisors, and served as project manager for the installation of a Doppelmayr 8 passenger teleferico system in La Marquesa Regional Park. In 2012 to 2015, Deya teamed with ECO-Transit for the design and feasibility study of a 12 passenger teleferico to service Olde Towne San Juan, and a system to service the municipality, sports stadium and beaches of Aguadilla, PR. In 2019 / 2020 Deya is the project manager and certifying engineer for a large incline ropeway system being installed at Conquistador Resort for transportation between the three levels of the hotel, condominium and marina complex.

DAVE WILSON (Operations and Maintenance Specialist) Dave Wilson is a highly regarded specialist for operations, maintenance, and the inspection of cableways and transit gondolas with over 35 years of experience constructing, operating and the maintaining of ropeways for resorts and lift manufacturers. While working at Alyeska Resort, AK, Dave had the responsibility for bringing all the company’s lifts up to Code as well as the construction of several new high speed detachable chairlifts and a modern 110-passenger aerial tramway. He was recruited by Vail Resorts in 2012 to become the Lift Manager and he has full responsibility for the O&M of 30 chairlifts and 2 gondolas at Vail. Dave consults for the ECO-Transit team providing real world / real time, knowledge to our feasibility study clients and the resort and urban gondola industry. Dave is a certified Tramway Inspector for the State of Alaska, a member of the ANSI B77 Standards Committee, member of the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board, and former President of OITAF-NACS International Ropeways Organization.

MICHAEL WEISE (Construction and Maintenance Specialist) has 35 years of experience in the construction, maintenance and inspections of ski lifts and aerial cable transit systems. Michael started his career in lift operations at Squaw Valley, CA and then moved to Copper Mountain, CO as Lift Manager in charge of all construction and maintenance for 25 ski lifts. Weise continued his career in aerial ropeways as a construction manager with the lift manufacturer Yan Ropeways installing chairlifts in the US and Canada. Mike was then hired by the lift manufacture Leitner Lifts in 1998 as a project manager and moved his way up to General Manager in charge of US operations; when Leitner merged with Poma in 2002, he continued with the new company, Leitner-Poma, in charge of after sales service, administration of maintenance contracts, and annual inspections of L-P lift installations. Mike is an ASNT certified inspector for NDT of aerial ropeway components, a member of the CPTSB and member of the NSAA Ropeway Standards Committee. Most recently Mike was a project manager for the rebuilding of the Roosevelt Island Tramway in 2010 and has provided inspection services to New York State on the tramway up until 2016.

 

ECO-Transit Technologies

 

Main Office:
7830 W Alameda Ave

Suite 103

Lakewood, Colorado  80226
Phone: 303-929-9099

Email: rg@eco-transit.com

 

East Office:

3212 NE 12th St.

Suite 502

Pompano Beach, FL  33062

Phone: 954-328-5673

Email: rg@eco-transit.com

 

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