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A Mass-Transit Proposal To Connect A City Using Aerial Gondolas

A Mass-Transit Proposal To Connect A City Using Aerial Gondolas | green streets | Scoop.it
For many, aerial mass transit--either by way of tram or gondola--is an idea best left to ski resorts and World’s Fairs.

 But for a growing number of urban planners and designers, aerial transit represents an alternative for cities where traditional transit options are limited. At PSFK’s recent conference in San Francisco, Frog Principal Designer Michael McDaniel unveiled an ambitious plan called the Wire, which proposes a network of gondolas over Austin, Texas.

McDaniel and his team imagine a system of detachable gondolas connecting neighborhoods throughout the city, making it possible for cyclists and pedestrians to “hop” over particularly congested areas. “The big advantage here is the detachable part which means more gondolas can be added during rush hour and removed in non-peaks times,” he tells Co.Design.

After looking at precedents--like dedicated bus lanes and Portland, another city whose aerial tram has been a huge success--the design team took to Austin’s streets, interviewing locals about their transit experiences...

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Downtown Austin’s vision for a sustainable future

Downtown Austin’s vision for a sustainable future | green streets | Scoop.it
Austin, Texas is considering a new master plan that would help the city take a big step toward improving its downtown and making it a sustainable city...

With a stated goal of becoming one of the most sustainable cities in the nation by the city’s bicentennial in 2039, what are the steps the city is taking to become a top-tier sustainable city? Here’s Austin’s blueprint for the next 10 year to help reach their goal.

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Addison Community's curator insight, November 7, 2014 12:59 PM

Austin's plan towards a sustainable future. #atx #sustainable #livemore