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Cable Propelled Transit (CPT), also known as ropeways, cableways, cable cars, gondola lifts, aerial lifts, aerial cable cars, cable lifts, or aerial trams. CPT is one of the fastest growing forms of transportation. CPT is a transportation technology that moves people in motor-less, engine-less vehicles that are propelled by a steel cable.

It's safe

Command Station

Cars are monitored for safety and security

Audio and video monitors will be placed in every car to ensure passenger safety. The status of every car will be closely monitored by SkyLift personnel in selected stations equipped with command centers.

Engineered to meet the highest safety standards

These cable car systems are safe. All systems are built to handle 4 times their maximum load and operate under wind conditions as great as 62 MPH. They are equipped with electrical grounding systems that protect passengers from lightning strikes.

Even if the power is lost

Riders are kept safe until power returns since cabins are equipped with recovery systems that allow a cable-propelled transit system to retrieve cabins back into the terminals without the need for on-line evacuations.

Passengers are never stranded

All cable transit systems have a minimum of one backup motor that ensures that passengers are never stranded in an emergency.

Lasts for decades

Cable cars are designed to have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, while the foundations can last up to 50 years.

It can work in Cleveland

Operates all year round

The cabins have both heating and air conditioning to keep riders comfortable in any weather. They can withstand high-speed winds, precipitation and extreme temperatures. The vast majority of cable car systems were designed for winter use, often at ski slopes and resorts. Many of the world's most famous systems were built in environments more hostile than Cleveland, including the Swiss Alps, Canada and Colorado. Most of the world's largest cable car manufacturers are located near the Alps, in Switzerland and Austria.

Winter use gondola cars

Wind, rain, snow, no problem

New cable car systems can operate under wind conditions exceeding 62 mph. They can be equipped with electrical grounding systems, to protect the systems and passengers from lightning strikes. Many of the world's cable car systems operate in extreme cold and heat. Hong Kong and Lisbon have systems that even go across large expanses of water.

Even Browns Games

By adding cars and increasing speeds, the system is fully capable of handling game day masses or any special event. We'll be able to present a logistics model based on the research we do regarding capacity capabilities.

It's port friendly

SkyLift adheres to FAA and DPG height regulations, and doesn't interfere with the operations of any of Cleveland's working ports, whether they're nautical or aeronautical. The FAA also prohibits the use of reflective material, which might create glare that would interfere with plane navigation. The city, port or county controls all tower locations. There are no private interests.

Works with RTA, Convention Center and pedestrian walkway

The SkyLift system will seamlessly integrate with the Waterfront line and work in tandem with both the Convention Center and pedestrian walkway. It will be placed atop the proposed 700-car parking garage.

The cars meet all your needs

Passengers are safe

Cabins will be equipped with cameras and intercom systems, and monitored for any suspicious behavior.

Anyone can access the car

SkyLift will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and we support easy access to the lakefront for all.

Even pets can ride

Approximately 20% of the cable cars will be pet friendly.

Small or large cars

We haven't decided the actual car size yet (it's a little early to plan that) but the smallest cars hold 8-10 people while the largest can hold 200. We can make the interior any way we like - there's a car in Yllas Finland that has a sauna in it! They add to excitement and enjoyment and are often priced at a premium ride experience.

Bring your bike, long board, or unicycle

The cars will accommodate your extra mode of transportation.

It's comfortable

Heating and air conditioning keeps the cars comfortable on our hottest and coldest days. Cars will have seating and standing options and it is easy to get on or off the cable car at the various stations. Strollers and wheelchairs can get on or off easily and the system can slow down or stop to accommodate more boarding time.

A riding experience

Maximum visibility

SkyLift will offer you a fresh perspective on Cleveland. Cabins will have floor-to-ceiling windows to provide a 360-degree visibility of Cleveland's lakefront attractions. Some cable cars could even be equipped with glass floors!

Slow or fast

Speeds will be based on the number of passengers transported per hour and the engineering of the system with max speeds up to 28 mph. Typically these systems are programmed to run slower or faster.

Pay per ride or ride all day

We will offer one ride fare cards and all-day passes. We have not decided on a final cost yet but are looking at financial models of around $3.50 per ride and $7.00 for an all-day pass.

Ride one stop or the whole way

The duration of each ride depends on the number of stops and other factors yet to be determined by engineers. There will be options for you to get on and off at various stations along the route or you can choose to fly the whole way and see Cleveland like never before.

Handles turns easily

Cabins traveling on one cable loop are typically transferred onto another cable loop as it passes through an angle or turning station.


Smart glass technology allows windows to switch from clear to opaque when a cabin travels above or near an area with privacy concerns such as residential buildings.

Learn more

The latest in cable car technology

Check out the book Cable Car Confidential, Creative Urban Projects Inc., 2013

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