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Old February 3rd, 2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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Maokong Gondola

POMA Press Release:

Taiwan: An ARIANA 8 gondola lift in Taipei

Are gondolas becoming a must-have in urban transport systems? This is a legitimate question since, after Medellin, now Taipei has selected an ARIANA 8gondola with tropicalized DIAMOND cabins to link the MRT station in the Maokong district with the zoo and the residential areas around it. POMA is building this exceptional installation in collaboration with Chun Yuan, a major local construction company. This gondola lift will comprise five sections, four intermediate terminals, 145 cabins and two cable loops. It will be 4 kilometers long, transporting 2400 passengers per hour at 6 meters per second.

Current status: under construction
Revenue service: 4/07

animation: http://ncp.tcg.gov.tw/ncp/intra/data/940621.wmv














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Old July 5th, 2007, 01:25 PM   #2
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I'TS UP AND RUNNING!!!


article about maokong cable car in a govt. travel magazine:

http://english.taipei.gov.tw/web/upl...5011240711.pdf



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(WOW....THIS IS REALLY TALL!!!)

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Old July 5th, 2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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Thanks thyrdrail, I am going to take a ride this Saturday, if only weather cooperates
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Old July 6th, 2007, 04:01 AM   #4
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Awesome stuff! Can't wait to ride it when I go back to Taipei
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Old July 6th, 2007, 11:01 AM   #5
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ma ying-jeou got stuck on it lingering in the air for 10 minutes. bad omen? tee-heee-heeeeee....


Hau, Ma left hanging in cable car

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../05/2003368158

Shrugging off a shutdown yesterday morning that left Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and former mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) hanging in mid-air, hundreds of people rode Taipei's Maokong Cable Car after the system officially opened yesterday afternoon.

The temporary shutdown left Hau, Ma and several city officials and reporters hanging in the air for more than 10 minutes.

Hau brushed off the shutdown as a glitch caused by a faulty cabin door as he defended the safety of the system.

"A cabin door was unable to close, and so the system shut down automatically. It was a technical problem and we will examine the issue. But it was not a safety concern," Hau said after alighting at the cable car system's Taipei Zoo Station.

An afternoon thundershower triggered several more shutdowns in the afternoon.

New Public Works Department Director Lee Shu-chuan (李四川) said the system was equipped with lighting conductors, but would stop operating in bad weather for safety reasons.


Former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou, left, and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, center, smile for reporters before taking a ride on the Maokong cable car system yesterday morning. Ma and Hau's carriage was stranded in mid-air for 10 minutes when a faulty door lock triggered an automatic shutdown.
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The heat and humidity in the cabins drew complaints from the passengers, despite the city government's efforts to increase the number of holes in the cabins. Fans were also handed out to the crowds waiting at the stations.

"It's like sitting in an oven. I can't stop sweating," a passenger surnamed Chen said.

In response to the flood of complaints about the cabin temperatures, which are usually 3oC higher than the outside temperature, Hau promised to improve the ventilation system within six months.

The city government was also hit with a barrage of complaints for failing to publicize the official opening time of 2pm. Many people had arrived at the Taipei Zoo Station by 6am believing the system would be running in the morning.

Despite the glitches and complaints, Hau thanked city staffers and the French firm POMA for their hard work over the past year.

"The completion of the system was the result of continuous efforts by both the Ma and Hau municipal teams. It is our summer gift to Taipei residents," he said.

Ma also praised POMA for insisting on a 12-week test run period to ensure the system's safety.

Opening day was was delayed a month because of safety concerns and noise pollution complaints.

The system, which cost more than NT$1.3 billion (US$39.3 million), is the only cable car system in the country that traverses a mountainous region for its entire route.

The system will operate from 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 10pm on weekends and holidays.

Mass rapid transit (MRT) EasyCards can be used to pay for a ride. Tickets cost NT$30, NT$40 and NT$50 depending on the length of the ride.


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Old July 11th, 2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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I took the Maokong gondola on Saturday, took tons lot of pictures, most are still not uploaded but part one (up to Zhinan Temple 指南宮) is ready.

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Old July 13th, 2007, 04:12 AM   #7
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I took it on Sunday evening. Quite bumpy. But since it was evening the queue was relatively short though it still stretched till the first floor entrance. It was not that hot since it was not midday, the holes at the bottom of the side of the cable car helped provide a lil bit of ventilation.

The night view was great. First cable car ride with hardly any lighting along the route or within the cable car.
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