World’s Highest Funicular Opens New Line

The world’s highest urban funicular has opened a second line connecting the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto, a span of almost four kilometres and at about 4000 metres above sea level.

The new Yellow Line, with 169 cars, 31 support towers and four stations will move passengers in 16 minutes between the Ciudad Satelite neighbourhood of El Alto and the Obrajes area, south of the capital.

The original Red Line, inaugurated in June, has carried more than three million passengers, generating almost $US1.8 million ($A1.95 million) in revenue in four months, said Cesar Dockweiler, general manager of the state-owned Mi teleferico company.

Austria’s Doppelmayr, the cable car system’s builder, is currently constructing a third line linking neighbourhoods in southern La Paz, and it will open a training facility in the city in 2015, its second in the Americas.

The company’s training centre in Caracas, Venezuela, is scheduled to open soon.

“Bolivia will become the world’s benchmark on funiculars with these three lines, and additional lines in the future,” Doppelmayr representative Javier Telleria told EFE.

Once completed, the La Paz funicular will be one of the world’s longest urban cable-car systems, with a total of 10,377 metres of lines, 11 stations and 74 towers.

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