Grenoble, Medellín, Caracas, and Rio all have gondolas, and New York is planning one. Now Geneva wants one too.
Last week Geneva’s Grand Council accepted a plan, put forward by the Greens, to investigate the feasibility of a cable car transport network.
Geneva’s department of transport (DETA) has already looked at several gondola proposals, which have been presented since February 2014. DETA’s boss Luc Barthassat was pleased by the support shown by the Grand Council for such a scheme. The vote to commission a study on the project passed by 65 votes to 4.
One possibility is a cable connecting Cherpines de Plan-les-Ouates to the airport. The gondola would be able to transport up to 4,500 to 5,000 people per hour and would cost less to construct than a tram line. Running costs would also be low. The gondolas would move at up to 20 km/h.
In Geneva, support for the project came from all corners of the political spectrum.
In Switzerland there are several other gondola projects on the table in Sion, Fribourg and Morges.
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