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.
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.
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