Cable cars for mass transit systems in Colombia

The project is the construction and operation of six cable cars in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

They are used as mass transit options in hilly areas of the city. The cable cars are an integrative part of the metro system of Medellin with a pre-pay fare system and seamless transfer to the metro. Using cable cars as a mass transit option is unique worldwide. Only two comparable systems operate currently world-wide, both however with much lower capacity.

MetrocableNuevoOccidente1_1_.jpg

The project has an important impact on sustainable development including positive environmental and positive socio-economic benefits of the people in the area of influence of the project.2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) resulting in less ozone formulation also as a result of reduced NOand HC emissions. Local air pollution levels are high and especially curbside particulate emissions are considerable, due also to steep roads and outdated and badly maintained buses.

The positive environmental impacts due to reduced usage of buses and other fossil powered transport means are less emissions of particulate matter (PM10), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HCs), sulphur dioxide  (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) resulting in less ozone formulation also as a result of reduced NOx and HC emissions. Local air pollution levels are high and especially curbside particulate emissions are considerable, due also to steep roads and outdated and badly maintained buses.

 

Another important sustainable development impact of the project is that the project acts as a clean technology demonstration project with a potential replication in various cities of Colombia as well as in other Latin American cities. Only few aerial cable cars are used as mass transit systems including the Roosevelt Island Tramway in the USA. The project is thus not only novel for the host country but also for the region and one of the only cable car based mass transit systems worldwide. 

The social impact is positive due to reduced travel times, reduced travel cost (the new integrated fare charged for the cable car is the same as fare charged currently for the Metro; currently the grand majority of users pay the bus plus the Metro as the bus takes them to a metro station), reduced number of accidents and less respiratory diseases due to an improved local air quality, especially less particulate matter.

The emissions reductions estimated in the project are 17.290 tCO2eq annually.

 

For more information click HERE  

|

Comentarios

Leave a comment

Want to use your picture? - Login or Sign up for free »
Comments on this article on RSS

Comentarios recientes

Cerrar