Gondolas as an Addition to Munich’s Public Transport

Munich ‒ the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg as well as the 12th largest city in the European Union is home to approximately 1.5 million people. The city is also a major centre of art, technology, finance, education, business and tourism in Germany and Europe, enjoying a very high standard of living.

We can be expecting new additions to the Munich public transport system as the city is in discussions of building a 4.5km gondola to link two districts in the northern sector of the city. The gondola link would connect the two subway stations Oberwiesenfeld and Studentenstadt that are 4.5km apart on a major road. At the moment, travelling between these two stations would require a five-stop subway trip toward the city centre followed by a transfer before a five-stop trip back out in another direction. If the proposed gondola is able to solve the current issue between these two subway stations, there is a possibility that the same concept would be extrapolated and implemented to other problem areas in the city.

Till date, the proposal has received strong support and the project would most likely be given the green light.

The current public transport operating in Munich focuses on transporting people out of the city centre. Unfortunately, this is not what the people in the northern part of the city is looking for as they are only looking at travelling between the two nearby neighbourhoods.

There are similar projects that are ongoing in Europe and are scoring relatively well at the moment. For example, France has five gondola projects underway which are due to be opened by 2021.

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