On the 2nd anniversary of La Paz, Bolivia’s gondola system they shared some numbers. And they’re amazing (quoted from the article, emphasis mine):
- 43,248,826 passenger trips between May 29, 2014 to March 31, 2016 (22 months)
- ~60,000 riders per day with a daily network record ridership of 162,465
- At 10km (3 lines), it would be tied with the Newark Light Rail as one of America’s shortest American rapid transit lines.
- However, it transports more daily passengers than 72% (26) of Light Rail Transit/Streetcar systems in the US
6,500 daily boardings per kilometre. In comparison, this mean that Mi Teleférico’s average daily boardings per kilometre is 17% greater than the highest average daily boardings per kilometre for LRTs in the US (Boston’s MBTA light rail: 5,368)
- 99.3% availability (Red Line: 99.4%, Yellow Line: 99.2%, Green Line: 99.3%)
- 2 accidents on cable car (due to falling tree and user behaviour) vs. 9,181 traffic accidents in La Paz (2015)
- >100% farebox recovery ratio / 0% subsidy. Median farebox recovery ratio in US stands at ~35%
- ~US$21 million in revenue (Bs150 million)
- ~US$500,000 in tax contributions (Bs3.6 million)
- ~US$1.3 million in advertising revenue (Bs8.9million)
- 1397 direct jobs generated
- 4899 indirect jobs generated
- Time Savings: 1,200 years (2015)
The city is planning to expand from 3 gondola lines to 10.