The city of Caracas is in a valley surrounded by hills and mountains. Many people live in the hills and work in the valley, which can mean a long walk to the bus stop. That’s all about to change for residents of San Augustin, Petare, and other high-altitude Caracas neighborhoods thanks to The Bolivarian Cable Car. Soon, they’ll be able to glide down the side of the hill each morning and back up in the evening.
Work on the Metro Cable Car system began in April 2007, and the first line from San Augustin to Parque Central is slated to open in late 2008. Petare’s line will open in 2011. The Cable Car of San Augustin will benefit more than 40,000 people a day. The Petare line will serve over 100,000.
When the work is finished, overall travel time will be shorter, since there is no traffic up there. Commuters can relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Caracas rather than brake lights on the highways. It is also easier on the environment.
Click here for an article in English about the growth of Venezuela’s public transportation systems.
Click here for links to the Urban Think Tank, an architectural firm that designed the Metro Cable system.