Bolivia's Subway in the Sky

Sky-gondolas as mass-transit

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Tue, Aug 19th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The New York Times, William Neuman compares what the subway did to New York City with what a mass-transit sky-gondola has done to the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto, cities built on some rugged, mountaineous terrain.

“It’s a wonder,” said Carlos Flores, 60, a printer, standing in a long line to board a cable car on a recent Sunday at La Paz’s Central Station (Estación Central in Spanish, or Taypi Uta in Aymara, the predominant indigenous language in El Alto). Referring to one of his country’s natural marvels, Mr. Flores said, “We say that Lake Titicaca is a wonder, and now we have another one.”

Much as the subway system changed New York in the early 20th century, the cable-car system has the potential to transform La Paz and El Alto, connecting distant neighborhoods to the city center, raising real estate values, slashing commute times and altering social relations.

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