Wednesday, September 17, 2014

World’s Highest Urban Funicular Opens Second Line in Bolivia

The world’s highest urban funicular has opened a second line connecting the cities of La Paz and El Alto, a span of almost four kilometers (2.5 miles) and at about 4,000 meters (13,125 feet) above sea level, the Bolivian government said.

The new Yellow Line, with 169 cars, 31 support towers and four stations will move passengers in 16 minutes between the Ciudad Satelite neighborhood of El Alto and the Obrajes area, south of the capital. The original Red Line, inaugurated in June, has carried more than 3 million passengers, generating almost $1.8 million in revenues in four months, Cesar Dockweiler, general manager of the state-owned Mi teleferico company, said. Austria’s Doppelmayr, the cable-car system’s builder, is currently constructing a third line linking neighborhoods in southern La Paz, and it will open a training facility in the city in 2015, its second in the Americas.

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