Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH: Doppelmayr/Garaventa completes the world’s biggest urban ropeway network La Paz and El Alto celebrate their tenth ropeway line

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH: Doppelmayr/Garaventa completes the world’s biggest urban ropeway network La Paz and El Alto celebrate their tenth ropeway line

The tenth line belonging to the world’s biggest urban ropeway network is now in service. The Línea Plateada (silver line) is the last to be opened as part of the biggest ropeway contract in Doppelmayr/Garaventa’s company   history.   The 33-kilometer network   is   comprised   of   detachable gondola lifts and constitutes the principal mode of transport for Bolivia’s adjacent metropolises La Paz and El  Alto. The Línea Plateada closes the loop, which means that all lines are now interconnected.

On March 9, Doppelmayr/Garaventa joined Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma and the operating company, Mi Teleférico, to celebrate this milestone for a major mobility project.  Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma inaugurated the tenth line in the world’s biggest urban ropeway  network  in  an  official  ceremony  attended  by  the  ropeway  operating  company,  Mi Teleférico, along with Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The inauguration on March 9, 2019, marked a particularly proud day for César Dockweiler, CEO of Mi Teleférico: “This project has made history. It has set a precedent for urban ropeways. Nowhere else in the world can you find a network of this size.” Hanno Ulmer, executive director of Doppelmayr Holding SE, expressed his thanks on behalf of the ropeway manufacturer: “The history of this project began in 2012. Today  we  see  satisfied  passengers  who  are  experiencing  how  this  safe  and  comfortable  means of transport can make a positive contribution toward their quality of life. We are very proud to be  part  of  this  project.  On  behalf  of  Doppelmayr/Garaventa,  we  wish  you  all  great  enjoyment  with  this  innovative means  of  transport.”  The Línea  Plateada  is  an  important  element in the urban infrastructure of El Alto and La Paz: By connecting the red, blue, purple and yellow lines, it   completes the last segment of the ropeway circuit. This means that all the lines are now interconnected. “Impressive! An installation that integrates the populations of La Paz and El Alto,” said a delighted President Evo Morales Ayma while making his inspection trip on the Línea Plateada on March 6, 2019. Modern ten-passenger cabins enable up to 3,000 passengers an hour to glide in each direction between the stations 16 de Julio and Mirador.

The new line runs via the intermediate station Faro  Murillo  –  the  biggest  station  building  in  the  network  covering  a  total  surface  area  of 10,000 m². Here, passengers can change to the Línea Morada (purple line), which opened in September 2018.  Ropeways connect millions in the metropolitan area. Since  2014,  ropeways  from  Doppelmayr/Garaventa have been  part  of  everyday  life  for  the  residents of La Paz and El Alto. These installations make it easier for people to get from A to B, reduce traveling time and guarantee that they will get where they want to go on time. The  ropeway  network  encompassing  the  two  South  American  metropolises  consists  of  ten  lines with an overall length of approximately 33 kilometers.   Since the first ropeway opened in May 2014, almost 200 million passengers have been carried to date. Every day, Mi Teleférico is used  by  some  300,000 people – as a means of getting to work, going shopping, going to school or accessing leisure time activities. The ropeways are also very popular with tourists and recommended as a top attraction by Tripadvisor1.

La Paz as showcase project

Bolivia’s ropeway network is a reference for the use of ropeways as a means of public transport in the urban environment. “We see great potential for this application worldwide. The ropeways in La Paz and El Alto highlight the many benefits this means of transport has to offer and the environmentally friendly and efficient contribution it can make to improving mobility in cities,” says Thomas Pichler, managing director of Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH.

10-MGD Línea Plateada              
Route length
Vertical rise33. 75 m
Speed                   5 m/s
Capacity              3,000 pphpd
Trip time             11.62min
Carriers                               117
Opened               3/9/2019

The world’s biggest ropeway network at a glance         
Ropeway system used: detachable 10-passenger gondola lift     
Number of lines in service: 10

Total length: approx. 33 km

Total number of cabins: 1,396

Total number of stations: 26

Number of passengers carried:

  • Total from May 2014 to March 2019: almost 200 million passengers
  • Current daily average: 250,000 to 300,000 passengers

The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group

The   Doppelmayr/Garaventa   Group   continually   sets   benchmarks   with   innovative   rope-propelled transport systems. Top comfort and safety are the defining features of its   ropeway installations –  both  for  summer  and  winter  tourist  resorts  as  well  as  for  urban  transit  applications.  The  efficiency  and  performance  of  its  material  transport  systems  are  equally  impressive.   As   quality,   technology   and   world market   leader   in ropeway   engineering,   Doppelmayr/Garaventa operates production plants as well as sales and service centers in over 40 countries worldwide.  To  date,  the  Group  has  built  more  than  15,000  installations  for  customers in over 95 nations.


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