Urban Gondola Systems
Urban Gondola Systems

Consultants for Gondola, Cable Car, Tramway and Ski Lift Planning and Engineering

In the area of urban transit, ECO-Transit offers unique qualifications to clients for diverse types of resort and urban gondola consulting and cable car projects and the interfacing of these cable propelled transit systems with other modes of surface and automated guideway transit along with potential mixed use development at at stations. Our gondola engineering specialties consultant group gives special attention to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and local neighborhood improvement opportunities within the ACT Aerial Cable Transit project areas, such as mixed use residential and commercial development around the stations, and community centers and transit hubs to link with other transit modes. This urban planning focus of Eco-Transit concentrates on community retail revenue generators and also social enrichment generators such as art and photographic galleries, cultural exhibits, local historical exhibits, walking tours, craft centers, and reading rooms. An attention to these types of creative urban projects and to the planning details associated with the layout of the Aerial People Mover routes and station locations can minimize adverse impacts and maximize the socio-economic benefits to the surrounding neighborhood when the gondola projects are developed and built out.

 

Our Consulting Services for Urban Gondolas and Aerial Cableway Transit (ACT) Projects:

  • Eco-Transit can serve as agency or owner representative for liaison with stakeholders and third parties for aerial cableway projects.

  • Site reconnaisance, surveying and evaluation. 

  • Subconsultant on A&E project teams for required aerial cableway specialties.
  • Review and control of contract documents, specifications, drawing packages, construction plans and certification procedures for ropeways and lifts.
  • Route analysis, planning and consulting engineering for the aerial ropeway project.
  • Planning for transit oriented development (TOD) and neighborhood integration for urban gondola projects.
  • Prepare specifications and cost estimates for the ACT gondola equipment and installation; operation and maintenance budgets.
  • Technical and economic feasibility studies and financial pro-formas for the ropeway project.
  • Consulting for planning, system engineering and drawing packages for design and permits of the ropeway project.
  • Requests for proposal (RFP) preparation for owners to solicit bids from third party engineers, architects and suppliers.
  • Evaluate third party gondola bid proposals and planning / coordination with agency / owner; provide procurement consulting services for owner.
  • Consulting for project management (PM) and quality assurance (QA) for the lift project.
  • Consulting design, re-design, specifications review and conformance, inspection services, and design certification for gondola lifts and aerial ropeways.

Consulting services similar to the above ACT services are also provided for ski resort and recreational attraction gondolas and chairlifts.

 

Eco-Transit consultants provide specialized cable car, tramway, ropeway lift and gondola project design and engineering services for the planning, feasibility study, project management, inspection and certification of gondola lift and cable car Aerial Cable Transit (ACT) 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, 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.

 
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  FEATURES:
  

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 transit.
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 Cable Transit / Gondola / Cable Car / Aerial Tramway / Cabin / Teleferico

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