How cable-car systems are revolutionizing public transport almost 12,000 feet above sea level

Located almost 12,000 feet above sea level, the Bolivian city of La Paz is a bustling place where the air is thin and the scenery dramatic.

Its Mi Teleferico – which literally translates as « my cable car » – transit system was launched in 2014. It soars above city streets and buildings to transport thousands of people to and from their homes, offices and everything else in between.

« Every day more than 230,000 people are … transported through this cable transportation system, » Cesar Dockweiler, the CEO of Mi Teleferico, told CNBC’s « Sustainable Energy. »

« We have managed to transport more than 150 million people in less than four years, » he added. « It is a transport system that has really transformed people’s lives. »

Mi Teleferico is not the only cable car system in Latin America. The Colombian city of Medellin opened its Metrocable system in 2004, for example.

Apart from the fact that a cable car’s route is both picturesque and uninterrupted, there are other benefits to using one.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, part of University College London, has stated that the « speed and comparatively low cost of construction, and low levels of particulate emissions of aerial cable-cars, are part of their appeal in dense and hilly urban areas. »

Back in La Paz, those involved with Mi Teleferico are keen to emphasize its sustainability credentials.

« The system is friendly to the environment because it does not use fossil fuels, » Miguel Arenas, Mi Teleferico’s maintenance manager, said.

« It uses electric power for its main drive, so this source is cleaner and doesn’t emit any kind of fossil pollutant or carbon dioxide, » Arenas added.

Source: CNBC

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