Innovative transport systems

Ropeways in cities

in Innovative transport systems Wednesday, 07 March 2012

seilbahn doppelmayrAccording to UN-HABITAT*, approximately 50% of the world's population live in cities, and this figure will increase to 70% in less than a generation. As a result of the growing distance between home and workplace as well as urban sprawl, settlement structures are becoming ever more complex, and existing transport infrastructures are increasingly pushing capacity limits.

For this reason, it is essential to find new solutions to eliminate current and future transport problems. Ropeways and Cable Liners can be part of the solution by providing an innovative and attractive approach to public transport.

Ropeways and Cable Liners have impressive features which can benefit cities.

Benefits of rope-propelled systems

  • Ease in passing over barriers
  • Dedicated barrier-free transport route
  • Rapid installation
  • Unique ride experience for the passengers
  • Ropeways create architectural highlights
  • Simple combination/integration with other means of transport
  • Positive ecological footprint
  • Impressive speed
  • High availability and reliability
  • Barrier-free system
  • Impressive operational efficiency
  • Extremely space-saving
  • High efficiency
  • Safe and reliable means of transport

Ropeways do not depend on mountains and snow. They simply need urban transport problems and access deficits in the public transport network. Then they can prove their efficiency and attractiveness as a cost-effective, rapidly installed, innovative link within a successful public transport network!

* The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements.

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Source: Doppelmayr Garaventa Group,


in Innovative transport systems Wednesday, 07 March 2012

logo carsharingThe vehicles owned by carsharing companies are often permanently parked in several locations throughout a city or a larger town. These locations tend to be near public transportation nodes (train stations, tram stops, bus terminals, etc.), which makes them easily accessible to carsharing members. In most cases, pre-booked carsharing vehicles are used to travel from such public transportation nodes to more remote destinations. In contrast to conventional cars rentals, carsharing also offers short-term option (hourly rates).

As the carsharing model only works in conjunction with a well-developed public transportation infrastructure, it is commonly understood within the "combined mobility" paradigm. Carsharing cannot (and doesn't intend to) replace public mobility options -- in fact, public transportation is a required component of the carsharing model. This means that carsharing is rarely a good option for commuters who depend on a car for their entire commute. For them, car pooling or ride sharing are better alternatives. Carsharing remains the ideal solution for those with sporadic travel or transportation needs.