La Paz debuts world’s longest urban cable car network

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Mountainous La Paz has introduced an urban cable car system that’s set to become the longest in the world when complete in May. According to the Guardian, the $234 million network will cover nearly 11 kilometers (6.8 miles). The system, comprise of three gondola lines, is projected to carry 180,000 passengers an hour.

For residents of El Alto, a fast-growing city built along a cliff, La Paz can be reached in minutes via a cable car that descends nearly 500 meters (1640 feet). By comparison, the trip along treacherous, congested, zigzagging roads takes can take up to an hour.

It’s hoped that the system, powered by electricity, will alleviate traffic by reducing the volume of cars on roads, the Guardian says.. La Paz joins Medellin, a gondola pioneer that showcased its cable cars during last week’s World Urban Forum, and cities in Venezuela and Brazil in adopting this form of transport.

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