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The multimodal linking and supplementation of existing transport systems is one of the central ones Mobility topics in urban areas. An example of this are Cable cars for local public transport: While these have hardly been used in Europe so far, they are already an integral part of the respective transport network in Asian or Central and South American cities. European cities are now also increasingly discovering the potential of cable cars as a supplementary and relieving mobility solution, such as the Câble 1 (C1) line, which is currently being implemented in the greater Paris area. The cable car manufacturer is planning there Doppelmayr/Garaventa together with various experts in infrastructure planning, landscape design, civil engineering and architecture, an urban cable car project in the Île-de-France region. The Câble 1 (C1) line, which is scheduled to go into operation in 2025, will connect four different communities in the Val-de-Marne department with a catchment area of ​​around 20.000 inhabitants and around 6.000 jobs.

As a mobility solution, cable cars offer a number of advantages: They require less space than rail or road transport systems and a shorter construction time. At the same time, they can bridge difficult topographies and obstacles. By using an independent traffic level above zero, they are not affected by traffic congestion and are available at short time intervals. In addition, compared to other transport systems such as trams and metros, there are low investment and operating costs as well as the possibility of operating cable cars largely autonomously with comprehensive digital automation of all operating processes. This can be seen in the example of the Câble 1 (C1) line, which will run southeast of the Paris city center over a total length of 4,5 kilometers. For three quarters of its length, the route follows a regional road parallel to a TGV railway line and the course of the Marne river and creates new connections because it can simply float over existing obstacles. It expands local public transport by connecting to other public transport such as the metro, bus or regional train in the form of five stations.

The aim is to better integrate the neighboring districts into the region's existing public transport network, as this allows various cross-running bus and regional train lines to be linked. This brings a significant improvement in the public transport offering for the people living there and at the same time reduces travel time for commuters. The Câble 1 (C1) line is designed to carry 3,2 million passengers annually, with barrier-free ten-person cabins carrying 1.600 passengers per hour in each direction. It shows an example of what a multimodal approach to transport planning can look like in order to support cities in their ability to develop. This also includes the sensible combination of different means of transport in order to create synergies: By breaking away from existing transport routes and looking for new connections, a more seamless transition between the individual means of transport can be created. As in the case of the Cable 1 line, this will defuse critical traffic hotspots and relieve pressure on the existing traffic system.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa is also addressing this topic as part of the international trade fair for traffic technology InnoTrans from September 20th to 23rd, 2022 in Berlin. The cable car manufacturer invites you to the “Mobility for the Future” discussion forum on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 16:00 p.m. at its trade fair stand in Hall 2.2/450. Topics include the mobility of the future from the operator's perspective and the challenges in planning and implementing transport infrastructure projects with multimodal solution approaches from the planner's perspective. Doppelmayr/Garaventa has invited various experts for this purpose: For example, the mobility service provider Transdev Verkehr GmbH will discuss the requirements of a transport company for the mobility of the future, while Drees & Sommer will report on the challenges in planning and implementing transport infrastructure projects with new multimodal solution approaches . Reinhard Fitz, Head of International Business Development at Doppelmayr, will also show how cable car solutions designed specifically for urban areas can meet the requirements of future mobility concepts and will also provide an outlook on future multimodal developments.

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