Subways are dead, cable cars are the future of urban transport
You can try to convince me that new york subway is better than the London Underground, but I’ll never believe you. The metro can take you to more places, faster and via a much simpler navigation system. But its smaller trains and much shallower depths make it a claustrophobic nightmare. Luckily, Paris is considering a new public transit system for anyone afraid of enclosed spaces.
Paris, a city that already has its own underground metro system consisting of 16 lines stopping at 303 stations over 213 km of track, says it needs more public transport. Take note, America.
But, because it already has trains running through its underground levels and buses crowding the streets above, town planners in France instead look elsewhere.
So now the city’s transportation bosses are assessing the feasibility of a network of cable cars through Paris.
It’s a luxurious image, isn’t it? The idea of floating above the streets of Paris and admiring the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées on your way to work every morning.
Before heading back down that same scenic drive home, you and your impeccably dressed colleagues will share a bottle of champagne while laughing gleefully at people rushing underground to catch the metro. You don’t need it anymore, you have the freedom of your city’s new cable car system.
Well, before I get too depressed that my country has ruined all hope in me move to Paris to live out this fantasylet’s talk about what the proposed cable car system actually is.
According to CNN, it is a 4.5 km aerial tram that will connect the southern suburbs of Paris to the city center. It will cost up to $145 million to build the system.
The Cable 1 system will link the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to the Pointe du Lac station in just 17 minutes. This journey would currently take you 35 minutes by bus or 12 minutes by car.
System construction could start this year.
To get the project off the ground, workers would erect 33 pylons along the proposed route. These would then support cables that would hold the cabins.
Each cabin would have the capacity to hold 10 people and would arrive at stations approximately every 30 seconds. The network is expected to serve around 11,000 people per day.