01 Jan '13, 1pm

Video: New year, new idea: gondolas as public transport in megacities

Video: New year, new idea: gondolas as public transport in megacities

Here's a new thought for the new year: stringing public transportation pods between buildings, also known as gondolas. This is the idea of Michael McDaniel, a designer at Frog Design, who proposed The Wire, a hanging mass transit solution for Austin, TX. The Wire answers the question that Frog workers posed to themselves: "Why haven't ski lifts or cable‑powered transit been considered as a viable solution for mass transit in a place like Austin?" There are a number of upsides here: gondolas would be cheaper than subways (by a long shot – subways can cost up to $400 million per mile and The Wire could be implemented for around $3 million a mile) and they can be used in tight, congested areas. A gondola system – easy (relatively) to install and expand – could also move up to 10,000 people an hour, which could replace 100 bus trips or 2,000 car rides. There are downsides as w...

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