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World's Longest Cable Car System set to Open in La Paz, Bolivia

by , 04/22/14

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The route between La Paz – one of the world’s highest administrative capitals – and El Alto, Bolivia is one of the craziest commutes around. The cities are only a few miles apart, but it takes over an hour to travel between them because the only route is a winding road along a sheer canyon wall. That’s about to change though, because travelers will soon be able to fly from city to city on the world’s longest urban cable car system! The sky-high system will provide provide a direct, low-emission travel option for 200,000 daily commuters.

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Consisting of three separate lines, the cable car system will slash commute times and pollution levels in the area. The system will cover about 7 miles, and it’s capable of moving 18,000 passengers every hour. What makes the system extra nice is that it doesn’t require a huge amount of infrastructure to build, unlike a freeway system, which can require tearing down swaths of buildings and excavating mountains.

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Called Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car), the system is powered by electricity and it’s being constructed by Austria-based Doppelmayr for a cool $230 million. Riders will be able to use the built-in wi-fi while they glide along far above the congestion, though there’s no word yet on how much a ride will cost compared to the current $.36 bus fare

Via Smart Planet

Images from Doppelmayr

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  1. Achmed Khammas April 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    See my complete history of urban cable cars here (in German):

    http://www.buch-der-synergie.de/c_neu_html/c_11_12_neu_mobile_anwendungen_prt_4.html#Seilbahnen

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