Thursday, November 25, 2010

Urban Cable Transit – The Future Transport Mode in Cities?

So far Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) has only been used for crossing natural obstacles – valleys, steep slopes or wide rivers. But the obvious advantage of going over artificial obstacles like junctions, congested streets and buildings is left unused partly due to undeveloped technology, partly by sticking to conventional transport modes and not willing to develop a new one.
Some South American cities have succeeded in using gondolas as feeders to main metro stations from the poor neighborhoods on the hills. The technology used is the same standard one used in ski resorts – but anyway it proves that cables can be used also outside mountains.
You can find out more about current technology (what is MDG, BDG, Funitels, 3S, what is detachability, what are approximate costs and capacity) here: 

High capacity urban CPT (if once developed) would have a great use in Riga as the soil conditions has turned off the deep underground project, also the building density in central part is high and streets narrow, there are several water bodies in the city – biggest obstacle being the 400m wide river Daugava. Maybe one day it will be reality to travel on easy-to-build gondola lines above the cities rather than trains in tunnels deep below the street level.

1 comment:

  1. CPT solves the same problems as metro or skyway, but seems to be cheaper than the others. To cut down the costs even more - the stations of CPT could be any sufficiently high city buildings.

    Yet in some cities metro simultaneously solves another problem - railway cutting the city into several isolated areas, creating bottlenecks between them. But for Riga it would be probably much cheaper to dig extra road tunnels under the railway where necessary (as the already planned road tunnel connecting Ģetrūdes and Daugavpils streets).