LA PAZ – The world’s highest urban funicular has opened a second line connecting the cities of La Paz and El Alto, a span of almost four kilometers (2.5 miles) and at about 4,000 meters (13,125 feet) above sea level, the Bolivian government said.
The new Yellow Line, with 169 cars, 31 support towers and four stations will move passengers in 16 minutes between the Ciudad Satelite neighborhood of El Alto and the Obrajes area, south of the capital.
The original Red Line, inaugurated in June, has carried more than 3 million passengers, generating almost $1.8 million in revenues in four months, Cesar Dockweiler, general manager of the state-owned Mi teleferico company, said.
Austria’s Doppelmayr, the cable-car system’s builder, is currently constructing a third line linking neighborhoods in southern La Paz, and it will open a training facility in the city in 2015, its second in the Americas.
The company’s training center in Caracas, Venezuela, is scheduled to open soon.
“Bolivia will become the world’s benchmark on funiculars with these three lines, and additional lines in the future,” Doppelmayr representative Javier Telleria told Efe.
“Many technicians will be able to come here, and get trained to operate the funiculars,” Telleria said.
Once completed, the La Paz funicular will be one of the world’s longest urban cable-car systems, with a total of 10,377 meters (6.45 miles) of lines, 11 stations and 74 towers.