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As the world population grows, and economies expand, then the population in cities increases; this leads to more vehicles on the road, and in turn congestion.
One way in which congestion can be reduced, or at least avoided by those not wishing to waste hours in traffic, is to build subways; however subways are expensive to develop.
A surprisingly cheap alternative, and one that is being currently proposed by Michael McDaniel, a designer at Frog Design, is the use of cable cars.
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His idea, known as “The Wire” will see a grid of mass transit cable cars installed throughout Austin, Texas, in an attempt to reduce congestion and other transportation problems.
AutoblogGreen wrote a couple of days ago about the advantages of installing a cable car system for public transport use in large cities, noting that, “gondolas would be cheaper than subways (by a long shot – subways can cost up to $400 million per mile and The Wire could be implemented for around $3 million a mile) and they can be used in tight, congested areas. A gondola system – easy (relatively) to install and expand – could also move up to 10,000 people an hour, which could replace 100 bus trips or 2,000 car rides.”
By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com
Joao is a writer for Oilprice.com