World's longest cable car system to carry Bolivia's commuters
— By Janet Fang on April 19, 2014, 3:22 PM PST
It's an improvement over the Emirates Line in London, but it's difficult to see how this can handle the volumes of commuters needed to make a material difference to the transportation infrastructure.
We here in Mumbai could certainly use something like this. The city is shaped like a hand holding say a glass, viewed from the top of glass. Traffic from the tip of the index finger to the tip of the thumb would benefit greatly.
The cable car system seems to be a "simple" point-A to point-B system, and when the people get to either point, how will they get to their final destination? Will they have additional transportation that gets them from either point to their real "end point"? I'd say that point-A and point-B are just the two middle points, and point O (originating point), and point F (final destination), also have to be included for the total costs or savings for the total trip. If a person needs to hire another form of transportation to get to point-O or to point-F, then, that's additional costs. Only people who live and work within short walking distances to the cable system, would have any kind of savings.
Are you sure it's 18,000 people per hour, your New Scientist link is broken, as the pictured cable cars look like they will barely hold 25 people, which with a bit of maths means the equivalent of 720 cable car journey's per hour which seems pretty high, as cable cars are not known for their speediness - how many cars are there on (each) line. Your relatively thin context is '3 lines' also needs some clarification - Is the line split into 3 sections, around the valley, or is it 3 parallel lines, carrying the peak 18,000 people/hour - A to B - between them.
With a commuting problem of 200,000 people between points A and B, how much will 18,000 people /hour relieve it by it by less as obviously there will be peak commuting hours - wondering what the return on the investment of $230m will be.
That's the great thing about buses, cars etc, they go from where you start, to where you want to finish, unlike pesky planes, trains (High Speed especially) and cable-cars.
Guess it's back to the bus, or walk.
@Neil Postlethwaite They go "where" and "when".
The problem with public transportation is that it only takes you where and when (schedules) dictate.
One of the main reasons I now avoid my cities train is the unpredictability of its schedule.
If a cable car is running 24/7, that should not be a problem. But it is a big problem with buses and trains.
John is probably right, as buses will go from near your house, when you want - without the hike to/from the Cable Car Termini.
@JohnMcGrew @Neil Postlethwaite You are incorrect. It's not "when" as Neil Postlethwaite isn't speaking of the time but of the place my friend.