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The BMVI wants to advance the planning and construction of urban cable cars in Germany.

Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of Transport:

Glide relaxed high up, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, enjoy the view and arrive at your destination relaxed - cable cars make it possible. They are climate-friendly, inexpensive, quick to implement and reliable. They can close gaps in local public transport, replace bus services or connect rural areas. Based on a study, we will develop guidelines for future projects and, together with six high-flyer cities, discuss ways in which cable cars can be built.

Why urban cable cars?

  • Urban cable cars are innovative and environmentally friendly transport systems.
  • For example, you can close gaps in local public transport, replace bus services or connect rural areas (e.g. by combining them with commuter parking spaces).
  • There are currently plans to build urban cable cars in numerous cities across Germany.

What are the advantages?

  • Compared to other transport systems, cable cars are climate-friendly, inexpensive, quick to implement and reliable.
  • There is no need for a timetable when the cabins are in circulation.
  • You are always available.
  • Cable cars are space-saving and always have free travel. There are no obstacles for them.
  • Through experience in winter operation on the mountain, they have been tried and tested and are considered to be extremely robust and largely independent of the weather.

How does the BMVI support?

  • Municipalities that are interested in the construction of urban cable cars currently have no references that you can use for orientation.
  • The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure set up the Urban Cable Car Working Group in 2019 to discuss federal support options with representatives from municipalities, states and academia.
  • The BMVI has commissioned the Stuttgart planning and consulting company Drees & Sommer SE together with the Transport Science Institute Stuttgart GmbH (VWI) to create a study to work out on the urban and traffic planning integration of urban ropeway projects. The study analyzes:

    • existing ropeway projects abroad,
    • the status of planning and experience in Germany,
    • exemplary six high-flyer cities in Germany
  • The result of the study will be a Guide to the "Realization of Cable Cars as Part of Local Public Transport (ÖPNV)" be.
  • With study and guide should Incentives are set to promote sustainable mobility in urban areas and to complement the public transport system in a meaningful way.
  • The goal is to have one national standard as transferable planning bases for urban cable cars in Germany, which cities and municipalities can use as a guide.

Does the BMVI also provide financial support?

  • With the latest revision of the law on municipal transport financing (GVFG; federal funding for local transport infrastructure) Cable cars as eligible projects recorded.

Moving forward together - with six high-flyer cities

  • Together with six cities in Germany, the BMVI will discuss their ideas, plans and experiences for ropeway systems: What are the opportunities? Where is the potential? What are the difficulties or obstacles?
  • In workshops with municipal representatives and citizens, the aspects of transport, urban development, the environment and citizen participation are to be considered in particular.
  • The early involvement of citizens is an important concern of the BMVI.
  • The results of the workshops are incorporated into the guidelines.
  • The city of Bonn kicked off on April 15, 2021.
  • Workshops in five other cities will follow in the coming weeks and months.

What are the next steps?

  • Six workshops with cities in 2021.
  • Completion of the study and presentation of the guide in 2022.

You can read the tweet here.

Where can I find out more?

  • Radio1 broadcast “Die Sonntagsfahrer” (broadcast on January 31, 2021, from 35:03 minutes onwards with Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Transport Minister
  • Information on the urban transport research program
  • Law on Federal Financial Aid to Improve Traffic Conditions in the Municipalities (Municipal Transport Financing Act - GVFG)