Are Air Gondolas in Kirkland's future?

Sochi, Russia

Sochi, Russia

At a recent conference on advanced transportation options for the City of Kirkland, one of the methods of transportation considered along the Cross Kirkland Corridor is air gondolas,  according to an article in The Seattle Times.

KING5.com states, "Google is expected to put some 1,000 new employees at a campus being built along the corridor, which runs from Totem Lake to just north of SR 520. The city is hoping Google might enter into a public-private partnership to fund alternative traffic options."

Spokane, Washington

Spokane, Washington

At an advanced transportation symposium the city of Kirkland organized and held at Google’s Kirkland campus earlier this month, Steven Dale, founding principal of Creative Urban Projects, emphasized that more American cities should be seriously researching the value of such systems.

One major attraction to the systems is that they can be built relatively quickly. A 12-mile route being built in La Paz, Bolivia, is expected to open this spring, less than two years after construction began.

The systems also are generally cheaper to construct: Depending on the contractor, constructing poles and stringing up cable for the routes can cost about a third of what it costs to build a light-rail or subway route, according to one designer trying to get Austin, Texas, to build a gondola system.

“This isn’t an idea that’s been around 50-60 years and never gotten any traction,” Dale said at the symposium. “It’s the fastest-growing transit technology in the world at this moment.”
— The Seattle Times

Learn more about gondolas at: http://gondolaproject.com

Thanks to @grostad for the heads up.

Roosevelt Island Tram, New York

Roosevelt Island Tram, New York