The Next Level of Mobility: Ropeways as Urban Means of Transport [EN]


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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


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.

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