For US aerial trams, the sky’s the limit

The answer to easing car traffic in the greater Dallas area could come from above.

The master-planned Legacy business area of Plano, Texas, has more than 800 businesses and corporate campuses with a daytime weekday population of 160,000 people, said Brian Shewski, Plano’s transportation manager. “The density is absolutely there for having some [additional] type of transit,” he said.

Enter the aerial tramway…

In 2023, the Regional Transportation Council for North Texas invited cities to apply for gondolas that operate on aerial tramways to help move people in congested areas…

Other countries have long turned to aerial tramways or cable cars as a transit option. The world’s largest network of urban transit aerial cable cars is in La Paz, Bolivia. Mexico City is currently building the third line of its gondola system. City officials hope tests of the line will begin in May, with an opening date announced after that. Toulouse, France, opened its own line in 2022.

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