re-introducing airTrams

In mid-2008 the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) sponsored CCC Founder, Steven Dale’s research on the little-known technique of using ski-lift style gondolas as mass public transit -- resulting in the world’s first known literature review on the concept. The far-reaching study gathered previously uncompiled literature, accessed rare research, and shed a great deal of light on this strange idea. While management changes would result in CUI shelving their cable transit studies, the report would become an essential tool for other future research, including the initial study of an urban gondola at Burnaby Mountain in Vancouver and the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre to explore the technology in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Canadian Urban Institute

Winter 2008