30 Fast Facts Topical issues at the OITAF Congress Mi Teleférico: 100 million passengers and No. 1 on TripAdvisor The ropeway network belonging to Mi Teleférico is the number one attraction in the Bolivian city of La Paz. TripAdvisor®, the biggest travel website worldwide, continuously compares the ratings for a total of 119 activities on offer in the region. Visitors to the website have put the urban ropeway in top position. The urban means of transport has currently attracted almost 3,000 ratings, with 71% awarding it a score of “excellent” and 24% “very good”. Many tourists praise the unusual, yet economically priced means of doing a tour of the city by ropeway. 100 million passengers The system’s popularity is not only demonstrated online, but also quite clearly in real life. At 6.40 am local time on November 16, 2017, Mi Teleférico welcomed its 100 millionth passenger. As of: November 2017 Doppelmayr/Garaventa was one of the main sponsors of the International Ropeway Congress of OITAF (organizzazione internazionale transporti a fune) in Bolzano from June 6 to 9, 2017. Many distinguished speakers presented their projects and experiences from the ropeway sector. At the congress, César Dockweiler, CEO of Mi Teleférico, reported on the ropeway network in Bolivia, and Iwan Bissig (Garaventa AG) talked about unusual reversible aerial tramways. Pioneering 1st International Urban Ropeway Congress From October 20 to 23, 2015, La Paz hosted the first international congress dedicated to urban ropeway construction (Congreso Internacional de Transporte por Cable Urbano). The event was aimed at passing on the experience gained with urban ropeways to decision-makers in local and national gov ernment. Some 800 participants, who included ropeway experts, government ministers, technical delegations and scientists as well as representatives from development banks, universities and consulting firms, took part in the exchange of know-how and experience. Dozens of high-caliber experts gave talks and illustrated the potential of urban ropeways on the basis of real-world examples. DCC’s CEO Markus Schrentewein also addressed the international audience and presented the possibilities available from Doppelmayr’s Operations Services. The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group had its own large stand at the event. During the congress, which is to become a regular event, an association was also formed for operators (AITCU – Asociación Internacional de Operadores de Transporte por Cable Urbano). Current members are Mi Teleférico, Metro de Medellín, MIO Cable and Emirates Air Line. Jessica Gürth from the Institute for Transport and Logistics Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business compared the efficiency of alternative means of transport for public transit applications. Other topics included future trends, ropeway technology and ecology. OITAF is an international organization representing the ropeway sector and its mission is to promote development in the sector as well as the harmonization of international guidelines. The International Ropeway Congress is held once every six years. For further information and presentations visit www.oitaf2017.com
Fast Facts 31 Libertador station: One station for all Award-winning quality for Koblenz Cable Car The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland gave architect Roberto Ameneiro Galdo a special mention in the UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Award 2017 in the “New Buildings” category for his design of the Libertador station in La Paz-El Alto, Bolivia. The jury honored this project as an outstanding example of an inclusive space with barrier-free features for all passengers. The building itself was built in challenging terrain, which made it necessary to give special consideration to the question of accessibility. The architect, Roberto Ameneiro Galdo, took great care in implementing different physical and visual elements to ensure a high level of disabled-friendliness. The ropeway station, where the yellow and green lines meet, is adapted to suit wheelchair users as well as people with impaired sight or hearing. Personnel are on hand to help anyone needing assistance to find their way through the station. In the interests of inclusion of the indigenous population, bilingual signage in Spanish and Aymara is provided throughout the building. The ropeway network is impressive all round, with it user-friendliness and barrier- free access for all passengers. Details of the award can be found here: Koblenz Cable Car is the first ropeway operating company in Germany to be awarded the quality seal “Service-oriented Organization – ServiceQuality Germany Stage II”. With the quality management system of the initiative “ServiceQuality Germany”, service organizations structure their internal processes and optimize their services by means of targeted measures, which they develop themselves and which form the basis for certification. The objective is to ensure service quality in the interests of their guests. The seal remains valid until 2020. The company was already awarded Stage I of the quality certificate back in 2015 and has successfully retained it ever since. The decisive factor is first and foremost the service quality, as lived and breathed by the employees. It is their commitment that enabled the company to achieve the certification. The Koblenz cable car is Germany’s first tricable gondola lift and has connected the park along the banks of the Rhine near the Basilica of St. Castor with the plateau in front of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress since 2010. Last year, almost 700,000 guests used the Koblenz cable car. UN-HABITAT: Working together for successful urban development Half of the world’s population – 3.5 billion people – now lives in cities; by 2030, it will be 60%. Although cities only account for 3% of the world’s land surface, they are responsible for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of CO 2 emissions. In view of the growing need for mobility solutions as urbanization increases, Doppelmayr/Garaventa has been working with the United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT, since September 2016. At the Habitat III Conference in Quito in October 2016, Doppelmayr provided information on the many possibilities and benefits that urban ropeways have to offer.