CTRMA to Consider System of Aerial Gondolas for Austin

Austin Monitor reports, “On Wednesday morning [September 7], members of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors gushed over a proposal to install an aerial tramway that would ferry riders from the University of Texas campus through downtown and all the way to Slaughter Lane in South Austin. CTRMA Deputy Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein even said he would likely bring an item forward at the board’s next meeting to let the members decide whether to fund a viability study on the proposal.” The newspaper adds that the concept, “dubbed Wire One,” involves an eight-mile system of cables strung between 19 stations and ten-passenger gondolas moving at the speed of a bicycle. Continuous arrivals and departures would make a schedule unnecessary.