Doppelmayr: Línea Azul opens. Extension of the world’s largest cable car network in La Paz

Doppelmayr: Línea Azul opens. Extension of the world’s largest cable car network in La Paz

Cable cars are a sustainable mode of transport. They provide a reliable and comfortable transport solution for the growing numbers of public transport users in La Paz and El Alto. They help to relieve traffic congestion in both cities and reduce air and noise pollution by using electrical power.
Doppelmayr finished the construction of the La Paz cable car network in 2014 which consists of three lines and has total length of over 10 kilometers. It connects the neighbouring cities of La Paz and El Alto. The network is owned and operated by the national cable car operator Mi Teleférico,
The cable car proved a success and Mi Teleférico quickly decided to extend the network and to add six lines with an overall length of 20 kilometers. Completion of Phase Two is scheduled for 2019.
Even before the start of Phase Two the La Paz cable car network was already the largest in the world. Once finished, the complete network (Phase One and Two) will have a total length of 30 kilometers.
The official opening of the Línea Azul (Blue Line) was on the third of March of 2017. It is the first line of Phase Two that starts its operations.
 
The Línea Azul is located in El Alto. With a length of 4,934 meters it is the longest line of the network. It has maximum capacity of 3,000 pphpd (passengers per hour per direction).The travel time for a single trip is approximately 20 minutes.
Bolivia’s President Morales was a passenger of the Línea Azul’s maiden voyage and thanked the Austrian company Doppelmayr for the work. He called Doppelmayr “a great ally” and praised the new construction.
On its first weekend, the Línea Azul hit a peak day ridership of 41,000 persons.To date, 75 million people have been carried by the ropeways in La Paz and El Alto.
 To date, 75 million people have been carried by the cable cars in La Paz and El Alto.

Article by Emanuel Broger / Marc Funda 
Photo credits: Doppelmayr (CC)