Mi Teleférico in Bolivia is on the verge of becoming the longest aerial cable car system in the world. It actually connects two cities.
Residents of the La Paz/El Alto Metropolitan area enjoyed the opening of the Mi Teleférico cable car system that connects the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia, in May 2014. There was a powerful response to this significantly helpful new transport option with a panoramic view, with millions riding it.
Navigating the mountainous terrain, the service reduces travel time between the cities. The cities together are one of the swiftest growing urban areas in Bolivia. Mi Teleférico has topped expectations.
The red line of Mi Teleférico. Photo by Gwen Kash
According to TheCityFix, “In its first two months, the Red Line transported 2.3 million passengers and collected more than 8 million Bolivianos (USD$ 1.2 million) in fares, well above what had been projected.”
Expansion after this strong start continues with the colors of the national flag — yellow, green, and red — to match the three lines. Soon, the cable car system will be the longest in the world, when the Green Line opens soon after the Yellow Line that opened on Monday, September 15, 2014.
The opening ceremony for the Yellow Line revealed plans of a second phase. President Evo Morales confirmed that more lines are in the works for next year. He told the crowd, “We can’t feel as if we’re still a small developing country. We need to have bigger optimism and investments.” President Evo Morales also explained that Mi Teleférico is financed with revenue from nationalized companies.
The panoramic views from the new Yellow Line’s 15-minute journey exposes the city’s diversity and scenery traveling through eucalyptus groves and over city parks. The Yellow Line is the longest of the original three lines. The total length of the line is 3,883 meters, with four stations in between. It is as picturesque as the first line.
This is Bolivia’s most populous metropolitan area. The addition and continuing plans for sustainable transport inspired celebrations, which were held where the President Evo Morales spoke. The celebrations at the September opening ceremony of the Yellow Line were festive and with music which continued as some people waited to be the first to enjoy the Yellow Line’s 15-minute cable car journey over La Paz.