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Relieving road congestion in the air

Population growth has resulted in the steady increase of cars on the roads of cities around the world, leading to heavy congestion, longer commuting times, and poor air quality. Many local authorities have exhausted their options, both above and below ground, in trying to find solutions to this problem.

Commuters in the cities of La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia, now have an alternative form of transport, operating 4,000 metres above sea level. The Mi Teleférico cable car system provides stunning views of the two cities, while also ensuring access from the poorer neighbourhoods to the central downtown area, with a travel time of just 10 minutes, compared to approximately an hour using land transport.

“A number of alternatives were studied to solve the congestion problem, not just the ropeway system, but modes that had proved successful in other cities, such as elevated trains and subways, however we found that the ropeway system had a number of comparative advantages,” says César Dockweiler, Executive Manager, Mi Teleférico. “Firstly the implementation is fast and the investment required is lower. The system does not generate pollution and it substantially improves the quality of life of the population because of it being fully inclusive.”

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