Congress Fair For Urban Cable Cars To Be Held At Messe Essen From June 4th To 5th

From June 4th to 5th, 2024, the Essen trade fair will be the driving force for the planning and implementation of urban mobility projects at the plus one level: International experts in the field of urban cable cars will share their knowledge at the Cable Car Congress takes place parallel to the Cable Car World trade fair. “Over 30 top speakers from a total of 13 nations such as France, Austria, Sierra Leone, Mexico and Colombia will offer a detailed insight into the topic of urban cable cars and give concrete recommendations for action at this future-oriented specialist event,” explains Dominik Berndt, Managing Director of Cable Car World GmbH, initiator of the congress fair.

In many parts of the world, cable cars are already a proven component of sustainable mobility in urban areas. In Germany, they are gradually becoming the focus of urban and transport planning as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly supplement to conventional means of transport. The need for information – especially among the responsible municipalities – is great. The speakers at the Cable Car Congress convey comprehensive know-how about urban cable car projects in lectures and panel discussions. Workshops and trade fair tours deepen the knowledge between the four congress blocks.

Congress day 1 on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Part I of the congress is entitled “Urban Planning & Cable Cars” and uses national and international examples to highlight the new options that arise from the use of cable cars in urban spatial development. In addition to the keynote speech by Prof. Luis Angel Guzmán from the University of the Andes in Bogota, the highlights also include the keynote speech “Modern mobility solutions for the development of a future district in the Ruhr metropolis” by Dr. Frank Dudda, Mayor of Herne. The Ruhr area city is currently planning to develop a state-of-the-art technology district in which a central cable car plays a crucial role in the mobility concept.

“Financing & Funding” is the title of Part II on the first day. The focus is on private and public financing models for infrastructure projects and the necessary framework conditions that must be in place. For example, Ingo Strater, Head of Sustainable Urban and Rural Mobility, Networks, Digital Municipal Transport Systems in the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, reports on “Funding backdrops and conditions for urban cable cars in Germany”. The federal funding program could, for example, finance a cable car in Duisburg. A study has already confirmed the feasibility of the project, which would ensure the connection of a new technology park to the main train station. As a further highlight, a panel discussion will take place in cooperation with the network partner IFC - International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) on PPP approaches. Moderator Ramatou Magagi from IFC will travel from the headquarters in Washington and lead the discussion.

Congress day 2 on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Part III of the Cable Car Congress on the second day of the trade fair is dedicated to the ideal planning and process flow for implementing cable car projects in cities as quickly and efficiently as possible. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and co-chair of the global city network C40 Cities, outlines how mobility restrictions in the West African city are to be overcome by building an urban cable car as the backbone of local public transport .

Part IV closes the congress with the topic “Operation & Best Practice”. He addresses the specific requirements of operating a cable car in urban areas and presents successful practical examples. Here the view extends to South America. Sergio Astorga from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana will speak on the topic “Economic and socio-environmental impacts related to the cable cars in Mexico City,” while Cesar Portillo Arano, project manager at Mi Teleférico, Bolivia’s state-owned cable car operating company, will present “Experiences from the largest cable car network of the World in La Paz, Bolivia”. It covers a distance of 30 kilometers and is considered an international flagship project by the Austrian cable car manufacturer Doppelmayr, which is also an exhibitor and sponsor at Cable Car World, as are the cable car manufacturers Bartholet and Leitner.

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