The Underappreciated Cable Car

When people talk about cable cars, they picture San Francisco's quaint trolleys. But cable-propelled transit (CPT) is a viable transportation option in the 21st century, argues Steven Dale.

Dale writes, "San Francisco cable cars are not so much cable transit as they are a living history of cable transit's past. So why, then, is cable re-emerging as a technology of choice - preferred to buses, streetcars and light rail - to many public transit agencies around the world? Cities are discovering that cable's inherent flexibility and adaptability gives it capabilities that no other transit technology shares. Adaptability, safety, reliability, price, environmental impact, speed, capacity, and a successful track record all contribute to these newfound positive impressions."

Full Story: The Compelling Case for the Cable Car

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