Off into the air: Munich District Council advises on cable cars as a means of transport in the city

As the local daily Münchner Merkur reports, the district council is currently examining cable cars as an option for public transport in Munich. Various routes in the city are currently being checked for their suitability for cable cars.

According to information from Münchner Merkur, the district council’s examination focuses on missing tangential connections between the existing public transport axes. In this way, it would be possible to create connections in the surrounding area of Munich that would otherwise never be possible.

The technical side of the project is presented by Professor Harry Wagner. He leads the course of studies Automotive & Mobility Management at Ingolstadt University of Technology. As Münchner Merkur notes, Prof. Harry Wagner and his students have already created a prototype of an urban cable car.

According to Wagner, there is a lot to be said for the cable car in city traffic:”At a good 20 km/h, the gondolas would move faster in city traffic than the tram (19 km/h). And while a bus-kilometre costs 20 million euros, Wagner says, only eight million euros are due for the ropeway. The federal government also finances up to 50 percent of the measures proportionately, which can be integrated into local public transport in a sensible way.

However, it is still unclear when the district administration office will consider concrete ropeway connections, according to the Münchner Merkur newspaper.

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