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With the handover of Línea Plateada, DOPPELMAYR officially completes phase II of the world’s largest urban cable car network. Photos: DOPPELMAYR

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Coming full circle in Bolivia

After seven years, the world’s largest urban cable car network was completed with the handover of Línea Plateada (silver). The aerial primary mode of transport in the Bolivian metropolises of La Paz and El Alto covers around 33 kilometres.

 

In a formal ceremony, bolivia’s President evo morales Ayma together with cable car operator Mi Teleférico and manufacturer DOPPELMAYR/GARAVENTA opened the tenth line of the world’s largest urban cable car network. Línea Plateada (silver) is the latest line to be implemented for the largest cable car order in the history of the traditional Austrian company.

 

The new line in the Bolivian mobility project now finally completes the circle between all the systems pro-duced to date, collectively offering comprehensive mobility provision for the metropolises of La Paz and el Alto.

Making one into ten

Since 2014, cable cars have been part of everyday life for the residents of La Paz and the neighbouring city of el Alto to the west. They facilitate human mobility, shorten journey times and the ten cable car lines moreover guarantee reliable arrival.

 

Owing to the topography of the Bolivian cities, there are few wide main roads and this had become a daily endurance test for all commuters. After five years, the cable cars from global market leader DOPPELMAYR/GARAVENTA are now already easing the chaotic traffic conditions. Who would want to sit in a traffic jam when they can float away above it?

 

The cable car network in the south American metropolises now comprises ten lines with a total length of around 33 kilometres. since the first cable car line 

opened in May 2014, almost 200 million passengers have been transported to date. Around 300,000 people (more than the population of Venice) use Mi Teleférico every day on the way to work, shop- ping, school or leisure activities.

 

The mobility network is popular not only with passengers; it is already a fixed stop for tourists in the region.

The worlds largest urban cable car network at a glance

  • Cable car system used                                     Detachable 10-passenger gondola cable cars             
  • Number of lines in operation.                             10
  • Total length                                                       32.7 km
  • Total number of gondolas                                    1,396
  • Total number of stations                                      26
  • Total transport from May 2014 to March 2019         Almost 200 m. passengers 
  • Current daily average                                        250,000 to 300,000 passengers

 

The tenth line in the world’s largest urban cable car network has been in operation since March this year.

Transported comfortably

In modern gondolas, each offering space for 10 passengers, up to 3,000 people per hour float from “16 de Julio” station to “Mirador” and back. The new line passes through intermediate station “Faro Murillo” – the largest station building on the cable car network, with a total area of 10,000 m2.

 

Passengers can change here for Línea Morada (purple), which opened in september 2018.

Opening of línea Plateada

“This project has made history. It has become an example of urban cable cars. Nowhere else in the world is there a net- work of this size,” CEO of Mi Teleférico César Dockweiler reported proudly at the opening ceremony on 9th March 2019.

 

Línea Plateada is an important element for the urban infrastructure in el Alto and La Paz: the connection of the roja, Azul, Morada and Amarilla lines closes the last segment in the cable car ring. tm

Technical specifications

10-MGD Línea Plateada