Would a cable car system for Venice be positive for transporting cruise passengers and others around the city?
Any thoughts on this project to connect Venice airport and other parts of Venice with cable cars? See this article in Italian:
The cost is projected at €200M, it would take 26 minutes to get from the airport to Lido with other stations at Murano North, Fondamente Nove, Arsenale, Certosa and Santa Maria Elisabetta. It could supplement a Lido port for cruise ships so they do not enter the lagoon and passengers would move between Venice and the Lido by cable car. This would have advantages over moving passengers from a Lido cruise terminal into Venice by smaller boats, which would add to wave damage, pollution and could be impeded when Venice’s mobile dams are raised (due to be completed after 2016 as described here: VENICE’S MOSE DAM PROJECT FACING LEGITIMATE AND ILLEGITIMATE CRITICISMS).
Similar cable car systems exist in Rio, Israel and northern Europe. The drawings for this project in Venice have been submitted for examination by the Superintendent and the Environmental Impact Commission.
I think this project is quite interesting, although I’m not keen on the visual impact of the pylons across Venice’s skyline which would vary in height from 8 to 40 metres, as well as the cable cars themselves. In this respect, I still think constructing a subway train system would be a better solution for transporting people around the city and to the airport, as I have previously explained in this blog and in my Venice book. This would be faster, have less visual impact and could be used to transport merchandise as well as passengers. Therefore it would significantly reduce boat traffic, wave damage and pollution. Moreover, the subway system would benefit residents and local commuters in addition to tourists. By contrast, the cable car system and its proposed routes are clearly aimed at primarily serving tourists and would be less useful for other city users.