• Gondel_Doppelmayr_LaPaz Línea Roja (Red Line) cable car in La Paz, Bolivia, © Technisches Museum Wien/APA-Fotoservice/Preiss
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Traffic & Transport
The urban future
beginning in 2000

Línea Roja (Red Line) cable car in La Paz, Bolivia


Will we float through the air in cable cars above our cities in the future? Perhaps so – if futurologists have their way: after all, they are calling for the widespread use of renewables and for more public transport for future urban mobility.

Contrary to the urban sprawl trends of the 20th century, vertical urbanism is to sustain the density of our urban spaces. As a means of public transport for urban areas, the idea of cable cars is as self-evident as it’s surprising. In alpine regions, cable cars have long been used as a means of conveying both goods and passengers. Most modern-day aerial cableways operate on the basis of continuous ropeways. With these electrically powered continuous conveyors the cabins are coupled to a continuous spliced ropeway and driven at a constant speed. To allow people to board and alight easily, the cabins are automatically decoupled from the hauling rope as they enter the station and slowed down to a suitable speed. They are then accelerated up to the operating speed and coupled back onto the ropeway.

The world’s largest urban cable-car network is currently being built in the Bolivian capital La Paz. The network’s first three lines went into operation in 2014. They each bear one of the colours in Colombia’s national flag: red, yellow, and green. In 2015 the foundations were put in place for a further six lines. This cable-car cabin for ten passengers operates on the first line in the new network, the Línea Roja. The residents of La Paz use it to travel from the suburb of El Alto to the main railway station in the city centre and from the centre to the large weekly market in El Alto.

With the type of ropeways operating in La Paz up to 5,000 people are transported in each direction every hour. It would take 100 buses or 2,000 cars to transport the same number of people. The cable cars operate at speeds ranging between 21 km/h and 27 km/h.
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Línea Roja cable car
10 MDG cabin for ten passengers for the monocable detachable gondola
Doppelmayr, Wolfurt 2015, acquired from Doppelmayr in 2016

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