Two teams in race to build first line of Mexico City’s cable car system

Two consortia are in the race to build the first line of Mexico City’s Cablebús cable car system. If completed as planned, the network will have four lines covering 34km, making it the world’s largest "cable propelled transit" system moving as many as 117 million people a year.

The candidates are Leitner Ropeways of Italy with Gami Ingeniería of Mexico, and Doppelmayr Seilbahnen of Austria with Egypt’s Alfa Suppliers and Contractors.

Each team is due to present its technical and economic proposals to the city government, after which the winner will be selected by auction, according to Claudia Sheinbaum, the mayor of Mexico City.

The first line of Cablebús will run 7.7km from Cuautepec to Indios Verdes, and will have five stations.

Originally, four teams were invited to bid; as well as the Leitner and Doppelmayr groups, there was Switzerland’s Bartholet and France’s POMA.

The first line is expected to cost in the region of $150m and will take about 18 months to build. The tender for the second line will be launched after the first is awarded.

Image: An official rendering of a Cablebús station (CDMX)

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