Mexico City proposes gondola-like apparatus as alternate transportation

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Mexico City planners are hoping a new energy-efficient public transit system that resembles a ski gondola will alleviate the city’s notorious gridlock.

CCTV America’s Martin Markovits reports.

Mexico City proposes gondola-like apparatus as alternate transportation

Mexico City planners are hoping a new energy-efficient public transit system that resembles a ski gondola will alleviate the city's notorious gridlock. CCTV America's Martin Markovits reports. Congested streets have been a mainstay in Mexico City and a source of frustration for its 20 million residents. Officials with the city's Science and Technology office have commissioned a series of two-passenger fully-automated aerial gondola lines that would glide across the city. The system would allow commuters to program their destination and skip stations. A prototype has already been built outside of Mexico City. Mexico City already has an extensive metro train and bus system. But it's been years since there was a new line. The city's new metro buses often get delayed in the clogged city streets during rush hour. The proposed line is not without issues however. The gondolas would only travel 20 kilometers an hour, much slower than a subway train. The aerial gondola also hasn't gotten government approval to begin construction. The first phase would cost at least $46 million.

Congested streets have been a mainstay in Mexico City and a source of frustration for its 20 million residents.

Officials with the city’s Science and Technology office have commissioned a series of two-passenger fully-automated aerial gondola lines that would glide across the city.

The system would allow commuters to program their destination and skip stations. A prototype has already been built outside of Mexico City.

Mexico City already has an extensive metro train and bus system. But it’s been years since there was a new line. The city’s new metro buses often get delayed in the clogged city streets during rush hour.

The proposed line is not without issues however. The gondolas would only travel 20 kilometers an hour, much slower than a subway train.

The aerial gondola also hasn’t gotten government approval to begin construction. The first phase would cost at least $46 million.