A municipal cable car for Mexico City that is ‘made in Austria’ 

The 10 km-long urban aerial lift line has been realised in partnership with Doppelmayr.

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A cable car system almost 10 km in length has been opened in Mexico City by Austrian global market leaders Doppelmayr; commuters will now be able to glide over traffic jams and frustrating diversions in the comfort of cabins that hold 10 people.

Cablebús Línea 1 connects Cuautepec, a suburb in the north of the city that is home to some 3.5 million people, with the major transport hub of Indios Verde, a confluence of local bus routes with several underground railway stations, and will shorten journey times by up to a half. The service can accommodate 4,000 people per hour in each direction.

The total cost of the project has amounted to some EUR 140 million and Cablebús Línea 1 will directly create 300 new jobs. Doppelmayr Mexico will be responsible for running and maintaining the system during its first year of operation, after which there will be a handover to the city’s skilled team and the Servicio de Transportes Eléctricos (STE) municipal transport company will take the helm. 

The Doppelmayr Group is the market leader for quality and technology in the construction of cableway systems for passenger and goods transport and for high-tech intralogistics solutions. The company recently reported a turnover in excess of EUR 870 million and employs a workforce of more than 3,400. The firm has been in existence for 130 years and boasts a century of experience in planning, developing, constructing, mass-producing and installing cableways. This tried-and-trusted technology and the safety it guarantees have helped to make cable cars a popular and effective mode of transport in ski resorts and holiday destinations, but increasingly also in cities. Doppelmayr/Garaventa has a presence in 50 countries and has now installed more than 15,100 systems on six continents.