Make way for urban gondolas

A plan is afoot to ease the congestion of New York City’s existing transportation infrastructure with a cable car system called East River Skyway.  

The proposal envisions the use of high-speed urban gondolas that would offer commuters swift transport between the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, reducing travel times and providing scenic views of the city’s skyline.

According to developer CityRealty, the gondolas could transport roughly 5,000 travellers per hour and reduce travelling time for Brooklyn residents commuting to Manhattan by up to 30 minutes. Brooklyn to Queens would take no longer than 12 minutes. The ride would also offer choice 360-degree views of New York City’s skyline, so it could also attract tourists.

“Given the exciting growth in Brooklyn and Queens, it is essential to adapt New York City’s transportation system to serve residents in these booming areas,” says Daniel Levy, president of East River Skyway and CityRealty. “Cities around the globe are recognising the viability and efficiency of urban gondolas to overcome serious transportation challenges.
An aerial transportation system would be a relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable solution here in New York,” he adds.

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