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Not Just For Skiers: Gondolas Seen As Urban Transit Solution

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An aerial gondola system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.

While there are currently few such aerial cable car systems in North America, the technology is quickly gaining traction in European countries such as Italy, Germany, Portugal and France. The cars are similar to those used to transport skiers up mountains. In cities, they typically travel above the existing maze of congested highways and bridges.

In Albany, an engineering firm has released a feasibility study to the city's government and entertainment centers from the Amtrak station across the Hudson River.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan says if funding can be secured, the system could be up and running in three years.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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