Urban Gondola Systems
Urban Gondola Systems

Urban Gondola, Cable Car and Resort Lift Projects -Planning, Feasibility Studies, Design and Engineering

PROJECT REFERENCES: Urban Transit Aerial Cableways

New York City Economic Development Corp; New York, (2019 - 2020) Governors Island Aerial Transit Connector”: Consultant for Technical Feasibility Study, design, document / drawing verification, and peer review for a 3-S gondola system, at 6,000 pph/pd capacity to link with NYC Metro and cross over NY harbor from Manhattan to Governors Island, and a future phase to connect to Red Hook, Brooklyn. Services include station siting and station-oriented development, tower calculations and design to span the shipping channel with a clearance of 135’ above the water, line calculations, profile review, performance specifications, capital and O&M cost estimates review. Project partner: AECOM Engineering. Length of 2.8 km with 3 stations.

Portland Tri-Met Regional Transit District; Oregon,  (2019 - 2020) “OHSU Aerial Tramway / Funicular”: Technical sub-consulting contract for City of Portland / Tri-Met for Design and Feasibility Study of an aerial tramway and incline funicular to connect Metro light rail multi-modal station to Oregon Health Sciences University on Marquam Hill. Provided services of engineering, calculations, profiles, specifications, passenger carrying capacities, and capital cost estimates for multiple alignment alternatives and station and tower locations and elevations. Tramway or funicular would provide supplemental service to the existing PATI tram. Project Partner: Southwest Transit Partners. Lengths of 0.8 km to 1.2 km / 2 stations.

Miami-Dade County TPO; Miami, Florida, (2016 - 2017) “East / West Metro-Cable:  Contract for urban gondola Design and Feasibility Study, route alignments, and cost analysis for Aerial Cable Transit (ACT) contracted by Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). Aerial gondolas studied to interconnect with Metrorail / Metromover at transit centers including Florida International Univ., Marlins Stadium, Miami International Airport, the Health District, Downtown, Port of Miami and Miami Beach; 3 waterway crossings over Biscayne Bay, Intracoastal Waterway and Miami River; 4 Interstate highway crossings; 8 route alternatives. Project partner: Jacobs Engineering. Lengths of 2.5 km to 7.5 km with multiple stations.

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado, (2016) Five Points Metro-Cable:   Consultant to RTD for replacement of Central Light Rail with Aerial Cable Transit for gondola technical study and station / alignment layouts for CRE replacement and extension of the original Central light rail line. Consulting services facilitated RTD’s presentation to the City’s DTPW on the feasibility of an aerial cable system to replace and extend the existing Five Points corridor bus and rail service and create station-oriented development opportunities and pedestrian greenways along Welton and Downing Streets and the 30th and Downing transit center. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Length of 4.7 km with 6 stations.

State of New York; Albany, NY, (2017 - 2018) NY State Fair Aerial Transit Contract with NY Office of General Services for technical and economic feasibility studies and engineering design for new transportation gondola in Syracuse, crossing over Interstate 690 and linking the Fairgrounds with Onondaga County Park. Gondola will serve as a people mover between the two venues and remote parking; and serve as a year-round tourism attraction, providing views of Lake Onondaga, to stimulate economic development in the Mid-State region. The aerial cableway is being designed completely by Eco-Transit with permits to be obtained from NYDOT and CSX Railway. Project partner: MJ Engineering. Length of 1.2 km / 2 stations.

Miami Aerial Transit Partners; Miami, Florida, Miami Aerial Cable Transit”: Consultant for planning to organize developers / stakeholders to form P3 consortium to advance urban gondola projects that were identified in ACT feasibility studies conducted by Miami-Dade TPO. P3 group would develop unsolicited offer for design, build, operate, maintain (DBOM) “first mile / last mile” urban gondola projects to connect identified neighborhoods and activity centers to existing rapid transit – Metrorail, Metromover, Tri-rail, and Brightline. Performed technical and economic studies, route analyses, specifications, cost estimates, and stakeholder contacts. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Variable lengths / multiple stations.

City of Ogden; Utah, “Intermodal Aerial Transit Connector”: Technical and economic feasibility study and transit-oriented development (TOD) planning commissioned by the Ogden City Planning Department and mayor’s office for an Aerial Cable Transit (ACT) gondola to connect Weber State University, a new proposed downtown redevelopment  area and shopping mall, the City Park area, and the new Ogden Intermodal Rail and Transit Center to connect with the UTA Salt Lake City commuter rail system. Project represented many urban planning and political challenges due to its length, urban environment and routings. Eco-transit was prime consultant. Length of 6.0 km with 4 stations.

Town of Mountain Village, Telluride, Colorado, (2018) “Mid-Village Aerial Gondola:  Consultant with the Town and Homeowners Association for the redesign and re-development of Mid-Village gondola station for the proposed Lift 10 replacement. Station area design and development analysis and parking integration included required infrastructure, roadway and ski trail alignments, location alternatives and integration of commercial buildings and parking. Pedestrian and skier flow, and a ski in/ski out access design analysis for Mid-Village as a proposed additional base area, activity center and skier delivery portal to the West side Lift #10 ski trails. Eco-Transit was prime consultant. Length of 4.0 km with 3 stations.

N.J. Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA); Atlantic City, NJ, “Convention Center Metro-Cable”:  Contract for technical and economic feasibility study, architectural schematics, line profiles, station and tower design for a 3,000 pphpd ACT gondola system to connect the South Jersey Transit Authority rail station, the AC Convention Center, a proposed big box mall, the Caesars Palace resort complex, the Boardwalk and Atlantic City Pier attractions; project involves a 1/4 mile water crossing above the Atlantic Ocean to connect the end of Pier to the mainland; 2 route alternatives; construction management for the station structure at end of Caesar’s Pier. Project partner: SOSH Architects. Length 1.8 km / 4 stations.

Miami-Dade County TPO; Miami, Florida, “Coconut Grove Metro-Cable”: Feasibility study with route analysis, specification development, cost analysis and intermodal evaluation criteria commissioned by Citizens Independent Transit Trust (CITT) and Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization for an urban gondola connector inclusive in the study with Bus Rapid Transit, light rail and elevated guideway people mover modes. Study linking the existing 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. Project partner: Reynolds-Smith-Hills Engineering. Length of 4.2 km / 3 to 4 stations.

Miami-Dade Aviation Dept. (MDAD); Miami, Florida, “MIC-MIA Connector”: Technical feasibility study for technology options and route analysis, conceptual design, site simulations and cost estimates for a Funitel aerial cableway system, “Sky-Trans”, to connect the proposed Miami Intermodal Center with the Miami International Airport concourses. Two routes were studied – a center route through the parking garages, and a Y route around the garages to each terminal side. The dual system cableway design included special tower designs, 25 passenger cabins, a speed of 1,500 feet per minute and a per direction carrying capacity of 9,000 pph between the two ropeways. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Length of 1.9 km with 2 stations.

Wasatch Front Range Council (WFRC); Salt Lake City, Utah, “Ogden Transit Mode Study”: Multi-modal feasibility study commissioned by the WFRC Metropolitan Planning Organization to connect Ogden Intermodal Center with downtown and Weber State University. Evaluation of light rail, streetcar, BRT and aerial cable transit (ACT) as possible modes to connect Ogden activity centers to the planned UTA Ogden Intermodal Transit Center. Services included preparing the ACT technology and cableway alignment analysis portion of the overall transit study with line calculations, profiles, route alternatives and station locations. Project partner: Michael Baker Assoc. Engineering. Length of 3.2 km with 3 stations.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)Stateline, Nevada "Highway 50 Corridor Cable Car”: Feasibility study and design engineering commissioned by TRPA for an ACT gondola for the Bi-state Commission of California-Nevada; Hwy 50 corridor project to supplement bus service between Nevada casino / hotels and California hotels and recreation sites. The proposed system originated in Nevada at the casino hotels with a centerline route along Hwy 50, crossing over the California border to service the lodging district in South Lake Tahoe. Project challenges included extreme environmental regulation and the line crossing between two states. Ec-Transit was prime consultant. Length 5.0 km with 5 stations.

Broward County MPO; Ft Lauderdale, Florida, “FLL / Port Everglades Connector  Proposed aerial cable car system and possible intermodal station area design and development (SADD) feasibility study commissioned by the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization for an airport light rail station and/or gondola transit station for the proposed automated people mover (APM) between the cruise ship port, Port Everglades, and the FLL airport terminals and rental car facilities. Studied the light rail and cable car routes, mapping, specifications, cost estimates and movement of passengers between facilities and stations. Project partner: Parsons Transportation Group. Length of 4.2 km with 2 to 3 stations.

City of New Orleans; Lousiana, “Mississippi River Aerial Transit (MART)”: An aerial transportation system for the “1984 World’s Fair” alongside the Mississippi River. Project management role for the supply, installation and certification of the high capacity monocable gondola crossing over the Mississippi River with a free span of 3,000 feet from bank to bank. The two specially designed towers were 400 ft high to give 175 ft of clearance over the Mississippi River shipping channel. Provided coordination with outside construction contractors and consultants, and coordinated over-water evacuation drills with designated first responders. Project partner Poma of America. Length 1.6 km with 2 stations.

Denver Citizens Transit Alliance (CTA); Colorado, “Mile High Skyway”: Team member for technical and economic study for a dual-purpose, transit and tourism aerial cableway for the annual planning workshop project within the Citizens Transit Alliance Academy regional program. Planning, engineering and design of a proposed 12 passenger gondola system as a people mover and attraction to provide end to end, express service above the 16th Street Mall to supplement or replace the existing free mall shuttle buses; multi-modal linkage with Fastracks light rail and new RTD multi-modal transportation center at the Civic Center and State Capital. Project partner: Triunity Engineering. Length of 2.5 km with 3 to 5 stations.

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado, “Sports Venues Aerial Gondola”: Conceptual feasibility studies, route alternatives, specifications and cost analysis for design of multiple Aerial Cable Transit gondola routes to serve as public transit connectors between downtown and the City's sports venues - Mile High Stadium, Pepsi Center, and Coors Field; also connecting selected downtown light rail stations and intermodal transit centers with "first mile / last mile" connectors; and preparation of data for RTD aerial cableway presentation to the City of Denver; 1 water crossing over the South Platte River and over Interstate 25; Project partner: Triunity Engineering. Various lengths / multiple stations.

University of Colorado; Boulder, Colorado, (2014) “CU Skyway Gondola”: Technical feasibility study and cost analysis commissioned by Univ. of Colorado Chancellor's Office of Research for urban gondola connecting Main Campus, Engineering Complex, East Research Campus and the Williams student housing complex. Transporting students, faculty and staff and supplementing bus service along the congested Colorado Ave. transit corridor. Emphasis on "green transit" sustainability and design via an exclusive aerial right of way, removing autos, RTD buses and surface transit from the campus and access roadways; emissions reduction; 2 route alternatives. EcoTransit was prime consultant. Length of 4.3 km with 3 to 5 stations.

U.S. Dept. Defense (US Navy); Washington, DC, “Navy UNREP Ropeways”: Technical engineering study commissioned by US Navy for the design and evaluation of aerial transport systems for the deployment of industrial cableways to resupply warships underway with fuel, munitions, equipment and supplies. Project partner: McMillen Naval Architects.

U.S. Dept. Defense (US Air Force); Anchorage, Alaska, “NORAD Ropeways”:  Modification proposals commissioned by U.S. Air Force for aerial cableways at Alaska  facilities to move materials and personnel from NORAD radar base stations to the mountain Radome facilities as part of Dept. of Defense early warning missile detection system.
 

University of Michigan / City of Ann Arbor; Michigan, "Ann Arbor Skyline": Technical Feasibility Study on a cooperative basis between the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan working with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Association and regional stakeholders for a proposed Metro transit gondola with five activity center stops connecting the two University of Michigan campuses, the UM Hospital and Ann Arbor central business district, with a proposed connecting spur to the Amtrak railway station. Services included route alternatives analysis, station siting, ACT specifications, cost estimates and schedule development. Project partner: Doman Engineering. Length of 2.8 km with 5 stations.

City of Fredericksburg; Virginia, “Celebrate Virginia Gondola: Rappahannock River crossing. Aerial Cable Transit feasibility study contract with Central Park developer, in partnership with the City and County; including station area design and development (SADD); tall tower and river crossing engineering; town hall presentations; obtained Division of Wildlife permit for the project to span the Rappahannock River with an aerial gondola to connect the Celebrate Virginia South hotel and entertainment district to the Celebrate North mixed use development area; aerial system also links two golf courses and a Civil War historical site and environmental interpretative center. Project Partner: SilverCo. Length 3.0 km with 3 stations.

Deya Industrial Group; San Juan, Puerto Rico, (2015 -2016) Desde del Aire Teleferico”:  Contract in partnership with San Juan Economic Development Authority for technical and economic feasibility studies, design engineering, project drawings, line calculations, profiles, tower and terminal locations, specifications and RFP preparation for a proposed transit cable car to connect Bahia Urbana to the San Juan National World Heritage Site, with mid-station at the cruise ship docks. The waterfront project in conjunction with the San Juan Port Authority, US Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers and US National Parks. Project partners: Deya Group, Doppelmayr and Leitner-Poma. Length of 1.8 km with 3 stations.

Municipo de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (2019) Metro-Cable Linea Dos”:  Lead consultant for Study Proposal to design Linea 2 of the municipal teleferico cable car to connect neighborhoods to light rail Metro extension. System comprised of multiple line sections and 8 ACT stations. Analyzed 1S and 3S teleferico technology with preliminary design proposal 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 Ropeways; Section lengths of 5.0 km and 12.1 km (total 17.1 km) with 4 and 8 stations for each section.

Miami Chamber of Commerce / EWM Group; Miami, Florida, “Baylink Aerial Ropeway”: Technical and economic feasibility study for Baylink, aka Beach Corridor, aerial transit consisting of interconnected mono-cable and tri-cable gondolas to link Miami and South Beach. An ACT gondola, crossing over Biscayne Bay and connecting Watson Island with the Miami Metro-mover station at Museum Park and Bayside, adjacent to OMNI Center; continuing service along the Macarthur Causeway, crossing over the intracoastal Waterway to Miami Beach and the Convention Center. Dual function aerial system as public transit and revenue producing attraction. EcoTransit was prime consultant. Length 5.2 km with 3 to 5 stations.

LoDo / LoHi / RiNo Districts; Denver, Colorado, (2019) Neighborhood Connectors to Light Rail”: Technical feasibility studies for implementation of urban gondolas to connect communities, not currently served by rapid transit, to existing RTD FasTracks light rail stations. Planning, routes’ analyses, design, cost estimates and business cases for “first mile / last mile” aerial cableway connectors utilizing existing rights of way. Meetings with proponents and community stakeholders to advance Aerial Cable Transit as an environmentally friendly solution to traffic congestion and pollution getting from one neighborhood to another. Eco-Transit is prime consultant. Lengths 1.5 to 3.8 KM with multiple stations.

Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Orlando, Florida, Convention Center Aerial Connector”: Technical and economic feasibility study contract with Intrawest Placemaking Corp with planning, engineering, profile, calculations and performance specifications for Orange County, stakeholders and Intrawest Corp for a gondola people mover connector system crossing over the highway and waterway between a new residential and commercial mixed-use development and the Westin Hotel connecting to the Orlando Convention Center and its parking garages. Project Partner: Intrawest Development. Length of 0.9 km with 2 stations within the Westin and Convention Center itself.

Fort Lewis College / City of Durango; Colorado, “Fort Lewis to Downtown Gondola”:  The University, City of Durango and the DSNGR Railroad teamed for a technical feasibility study for a pulsed gondola system to link the main Fort Lewis Campus with the central business district and Durango City Park. The bus transit service from campus to downtown has proved to be inadequate due to steep roadways. The City will realize an economic benefit from providing more convenient transit service for students to downtown merchants; gondola revenues from tourists are projected to cover all annual O&M costs of the aerial transit system. Eco-Transit was prime consultant. Length 1.4 km with 2 stations.

Dorothea Dix Municipal Park, Raleigh, N. Carolina, (2018) “City Park Skyway”:  Consulting services to the master plan of the Raleigh City Council and Raleigh Parks system to provide a ten passenger urban gondola system to connect the downtown government center area and the municipal parking structures to the redevelopment areas of Dorothea Dix Municipal Park. The comprehensive study looked at alternative routes along City rights of way to minimize eminent domain intrusion and developed multiple route scenarios, performance specifications, capital and O&M cost estimates and typical scheduling for the system. Eco-Transit was prime consultant. Length of 2.0 km with 3 stations.

Mountain Village HOA; Telluride, Colorado (2015), Transit Gondola Maintenance Study: Conducted survey of the ten-year operating, maintenance and evacuation procedures for the three section Mountain Village transit gondola for inclusion in Eco-Transit nationwide studies. Compiled data for the gondola's O&M staffing, hours and costs. Also, surveyed the Gondola system's capital funding and Federal 5309 operating grant programs. Interviewed operations and maintenance personnel and managers and compiled summary reports. Inspections of drive equipment, tension systems, accel / decel mechanisms, carriers and line towers. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Lengths of 4.5 km / 5 stations.

Dimensione Ingienierie, SA; Torino, Italy (2017), Cable Smart Aerial Transit”: Consultant for the design, prototype strategy, and market collaboration for the development of an innovative cable car technology utilizing the combined principles of aerial cable-propelled gondola systems for long, point to point urban public transport and the principles of elevated, self-propelled, automated people mover systems for local and autonomous transport of passengers. The system will be capable of developing an interconnected resort or urban transit network, whereby passengers can remain in the same vehicle to transfer through stations for both aerial cableway and elevated rail APM continuous service. Project partner: Dimensione Ingenierie. Lengths up to 10 km with multiple stations.

PROJECT REFERENCES: Recreation and Attraction

Tasmania Office of Coordinator General; Hobart, Australia, (2019 - 2020) Cradle Mountain National Park Aerial Cableway”: Specialist Technical Design and Feasibility Study of a 8.0 km transportation aerial cableway in Australian wilderness area to connect Visitors Center transport hub to the Dove Lake and Tasmanian Wilderness UNESCO World Heritage Site. This environmentally sensitive National Park portal is currently accessed by cars and tourist buses; it is the intent of the National Park to reduce the operational carbon footprint within the Park by providing an aerial gondola transportation system for visitors and employees to replace the shuttle bus system. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Length 7.9 km / 3 - 5 stations.

Holland-America Cruise Lines, Anchorage, AK, (2019) Denali National Park Aerial Cableway”: Contract for technical feasibility study for transportation gondola originating at McKinley Village and crossing over the Talkeetna River to connect the Holland America Resort and Princess Hotel to the Denali Visitors Center and Airport. Access to the Park entrance is provided by shuttle buses; client wants to provide a better environmental solution to reduce carbon footprint with a “green” cableway connector. Provided the client and stakeholders with technical analyses of cableway technologies, alignment options, system specifications and cost estimates. Eco-Transit is prime consultant. Length 1.5 km / 3 stations.

El Conquistador Resort; Fajardo, Puerto Rico, (2019 - 2020) "Las Brisas / Las Marinas Funicular Construction": Project management and technical certification for the installation of two side-by-side 30 passenger teleferico funiculars for guest transport to connect the three levels of the 1,000 room El Conquistador Resort and Conference Center. The resort sits on a 100 meter hillside overlooking the Caribbean and guests use the system to access the mid-level cabanas and lower levels marina, shops and water park. The teleferico funicular will eliminate the need for the existing fleet of shuttle buses. Project Partners: Deya Group, Doppelmayr Lifts, Frey AG, and Garaventa AG. System lengths of 0.2 mile with 6 stations.

Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife; El Paso, TX, (2019) "Wyler Aerial Tramway":  Contract with Crown Castle and HC Jeffries on behalf of Texas Dept of Parks and Wildlife for the feasibility analysis, engineering study and inspection of a reversible aerial tramway operated by the State of Texas for the public for 50 years and now going into private operation to provide maintenance access to a cluster of tv and radio broadcast towers on Ranger Peak just outside of El Paso, TX. Services to client include review of certifications and drawings, engineering calculations, capital and O&M cost estimates, and rebuild or replace system evaluation. EcoTransit is prime consultant. Length of 0.5 mile with 2 stations.

Mt. Roberts Tramway, Juneau, AK, “Goldbelt Aerial Tramway Construction”: Feasibility study, project management and document controls for construction of 75 passenger aerial tram to transport cruise ship passengers from the City Docks, through the State Forest, to mountain-top facilities. Preparation of lift specs and RFP documents, coordination of agency permits, contract documents, manufacturer and regulatory liaison. Reviewed and approved drawings for conformance to contract terms and regulatory requirements. Inspections of the installation and monitoring of commissioning, load test and certification by the lift manufacturer and State of Alaska. Project partner: Poma of America. Length of 1.0 km with 2 stations.

Aspen Ski Resort; Aspen, CO (2017) Aspen to Snowmass Village Ropeway – Preliminary proposal and mountain transportation plan consulting to analyze lift technologies and assist in laying out alternative routes between the four Aspen ski mountains, utilizing both 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 ski area and village transportation distribution systems. Project partner: Dimensione Inginierie, Italy. Length 8.8 km with multiple stations.

Jay Peak Resort, Jay, VT, “Green Mountain Ropeways”: Design, engineering and installation of one of North America’s first Leitner manufactured detachable quad chairlifts, at a capacity of 2,800 pph, with automatic chair storage and maintenance facility. Additionally, turnkey rebuilding, re-engineering and re-certification of existing 120 passenger Von Roll reversible aerial tramway with new Sigma cabins, hangers, carriages, track cables and haul cables. Analysis of skier flows, ski trail layout / base facilities to balance mountain distribution requirements for added lift capacity. Supervision of the lifts’ commissioning, load tests and certification. Project Partner: Leitner Lifts USA. Lengths 2.2 km and 3.0 km with 4 stations.

Powder Mountain Resort, Eden, UT, Resort Master Plan: Consulting contract with new ownership group for master planning of public land and rezoned private holdings on the mountain trail network to provide for ski in - ski out residential and commercial development. Redesigned activity centers to maximize the available private land for ski access and proximity to golf and other summer activities. Analyzed ski trail and lift alignments with proposed real estate and amenity development and designed layout of the proposed access gondola from remote parking and designed 3 new detachable chairlifts for a cohesive ski resort experience. Project Partner: Mountain Chief Development. Multiple lengths / multiple stations.

Angel Fire Resort, NM, “Southwest Quad Detachable”: Planning, engineering, turnkey construction and certification of the Southwest Flyer detachable quad chairlift to open new terrain on the backside of mountain. Site reconnaissance provided to determine optimal alignment / terminal locations, prepared lift profile, developed specifications / engineered equipment for site specific application and supervised equipment procurement. Excavation, foundations, and erection construction were fast tracked with critical equipment airlifted from Europe to make load test deadline for client. Foundations were started in July with load test in 4 months from start to finish. Project partner: Leitner Lifts USA. Length 1.2 mile / 2 stations.

University of New Mexico; Albuquerque, NM, “Enchanted Skies Park Cableway”: Technical and economic feasibility study, line profiles and ridership projections for the University's Department of Astrophysical Science to determine route alternatives, environmental restrictions, specifications and cost estimates for a ten passenger aerial gondola system to access the proposed mesa-top advanced telescopic observatory, interpretive center and Dark Skies Park on Grants Mesa. Project would represent an extension of the Albuquerque municipal parks system. Project remotely located in Grants, NM; Project partner: Poma of America. Lengths of 1.3 to 2.2 km with 2 to 3 stations.

Lake Louise Resort; Banff, Canada, “Chondola Retrofit Project”:  Technical study, engineering design, project management and certification for the conversion of a high speed detachable quad chairlift to a combination chairlift and gondola system (Chondola). Replacement of chairs and associated electro-mechanical equipment with re-designed gondola cabins and associated acceleration / deceleration mechanisms. Redesign of platforms to accommodate different chair and gondola boarding heights. Supervision of the commissioning and acceptance tests to put the redesigned gondola into public operation. Project partner: Doman Engineering. Length of 2.8 km with 2 stations.

City of Niagara Falls; Canada, “Crosslink Bridge Aerial Gondola”:  Contract for two technical and design feasibility studies for the City and developer group of the "Crosslink Bridge" mixed-use and entertainment development project to 1) provide an aerial connection between the Amtrak railroad station, downtown main street, Falls View water park Hotel and the historic redesigned, mixed use RR bridge connecting USA to Canada and, 2) a transportation gondola system to connect the Amtrak station to the Niagara Falls State Park observation area and attractions’ complex on the Canadian side of the Falls. Project partner: Crosslink Development. 1.8 km to 4.0 km with 4 to 6 stations.

Sinclair Broadcast Group; Asheville, NC, (2019) “Mt. Pisgah Funicular: Engineering drawing package for custom drive and braking components, and the procurement of electric motors and gearboxes for the turnkey engineering and installation of a cable propelled, dual guideway, industrial incline funicular to provide maintenance and personnel access to the Mt. Pisgah broadcast facility and the 100 meter broadcast tower in the Appalachian Mountains. System was operating without a permit and NCDOL engaged Stevens Engineering to bring the funicular back into compliance with Eco-Transit drawings and incline equipment. Project partner: Stevens Engineering. Length of 1.0 mile with 2 stations.

Chugach Mountain Resort; Valdez, Alaska, “East Mountain Gondola and Master Plan”: Primary planning and engineering consultant for the CMRC master plan and detachables / gondolas for Town of Valdez Economic Development Dept for proposed East Mountain ski area. Site evaluation by helicopter to map ski trail terrain and summer hiking / biking routes. Prepared permitting, land use plans, watersheds, terrain and slope gradients, historical snowfall, avalanche risk and control, backcountry evacuation, wind and solar exposures, ski trail siting, skier densities and flow, gondola station locations, and lift alignments and specifications. Eco-Transit prime consultant for master plan and lift development.

Cornucopia Mountain Resort; Halfway, OR (2018), "Lodge Backcountry Chondola”: Consulting contract with permit holder and lodge operator for the planning and design of an aerial cableway (alternatives of chairlift, gondola, or  chondola) to link the currently summer only Cornucopia Lodge to proposed winter backcountry skiing / snowmobiling, and summer hiking, biking and mountaineering. Services included site reconnaissance, lift technology analysis, alternative route mapping layouts, capital cost estimates and lift performance specifications for RFP preparation. The Lodge location receives up to 500 inches of snow each season. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Length 0.7 mile with 2 stations.

Forever Wild Resort, Eagle, CO, (2017), Resort Master Plan: Planning team member for proposed four season resort including the design and mapping of ski trails, ski lifts, snowmaking, mountain bike trails and skier and summer visitor facilities as amenities for this residential and tourism community south of Vail and Beaver Creek. Eco-Transit coordinated the overall Land Use Plan to integrate the winter recreation ski lift amenities and facilities into the residential master plan and created renderings for inclusion into business plan and public hearings. Design development of major dual-purpose gondola for ski lift and tourism attraction. Project partners: Doppelmayr, HRA Advisors. Length 2.0 miles / 3 stations.

Falls Creek Resort, Steamboat, CO, “Steamboat Gondola Connector”: Overall development plan and prepared detailed gondola and chondola alternatives’ electro-mechanical plan and technical study with specifications, lift profile, tower locations, drive power required, cost estimates and project schedules for a 2,000 pph transportation gondola as a portal to link this proposed mixed-use project to the Steamboat ski trail network and mid-mountain lodges. Developed transit-oriented development plan for the gondola base terminal and restaurant / clubhouse layout and site plan for the top terminal to integrate with the Steamboat master mountain plan. Eco-Transit prime consultant. Length 0.8 mile / 2 stations.

Ghost Town Adventure Park; Asheville, NC, (2012 - 2018), Chairlift / Funicular Construction: Consulting contract for the design, engineering, manufacturing, project management, construction and certification for the re-engineering and rebuilding of a 50 year old Carlevaro-Savio aerial cableway chairlift at 1,200 pph, and a 50 year old dual incline funicular system with four 40 passenger vehicles at 600 pph. The chairlift and funicular link the Park’s remote parking lots and public transit to the mountain top Theme Park and attractions. Successfully re-engineered and rebuilt the chairlift people mover. Project Partners: Partek Skilifts, RPE Services, Clark and Leatherwood. Lengths 3 x 0.8 mile / 6 stations.

Sandestin Resort, Fort Walton, FL: “Baytowne Wharf Ropeway”: Urban planning consultant for guest transportation network and residential and commercial development projects for the second expansion phase of Sandestin Resort. Coordinated engineering, architectural and construction teams under contract for Intrawest Corp for condo, hotel, restaurant and marina development projects. Attended community stakeholder meetings and secured project permits, development orders and occupancy certificates from Walton County. In charge of planning and proposing an innovative guest transportation network to move guests between properties. Project partner: Intrawest Placemaking. Lengths 1 to 3 miles.

Mount Shasta Resort, Redding, California, "Chairlift Construction": Turnkey contract with the permit holder group for the permitting review, project management, construction, commissioning and certification of one surface lift and two detachable chairlifts as phase 1 of the new ski resort development plan. Supervised the design engineering, procurement of lift components, transportation, staging and subcontracting for the multi-lift effort. The project installation was extremely environmentally sensitive as the resort was directly adjacent to the Mount Shasta Wilderness Area and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Civil works and steel was by heavy-lift helicopter. Project partner: Poma America. Lengths 0.7 to 1.1 mi / 4 stations.

Granby Ranch Resort, Granby, CO, “Chairlift Construction”: Turnkey contract for the permitting, engineering, manufacturing, supply, project management, construction, and certification of a Leitner high speed, detachable quad chairlift at 2,800 pphpd capacity and also a fixed grip triple chairlift at1,800 pph capacity for the new Brazillian ownership group of the ski area and golf course. The two new ski lifts enabled the expansion plan to be realized under the USFS permit issued the previous year. The two lift manufacturing and construction was accomplished in 9 months with certification by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board. Project Partner: Leitner Lifts USA. Lengths 1.5 km and 1.3 km with 4 stations.

PROJECT REFERENCES: International Ropeways

Autoridad de la Region Interoceanica, Panama City, Panama, “Cerro Ancon Teleferico” (2001): After the turnover of the Canal from America to Panama in 1999, the Regional Canal Authority (ARI) contracted with personnel of Eco-Transit to perform a Technical Feasibility Study for the construction of an aerial ten passenger gondola-style Teleferico to connect the proposed Amador western cruise ship port to the former U.S. military headquarters on Cerro Ancon and develop an historical and ecological park for future tourism development. Services provided: land survey, mapping, specifications, cost analysis, preliminary drawings. EcoTransit was prime consultant. Length of 2.9 km with 3 stations. 

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Autoridad del Canal de Panama; Panama City, Panama, “Cerro Ancon Teleferico”: After the turnover of the Canal from America to Panama in 1999, the Canal Authority contracted with personnel of Eco-Transit to perform a technical feasibility study for the construction of an aerial ten passenger gondola-style Teleferico to connect the proposed Amador western cruise ship port to the former U.S. military headquarters on Cerro Ancon and develop a historical and ecological park for future tourism development. Services provided: land survey, mapping, specifications, cost analysis, preliminary drawings. EcoTransit was prime consultant. Length of 2.9 km with 3 stations.

 

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.

 

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 stations.

 

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.

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