Kirkland looking at air gondolas for mass transit

Kirkland looking at air gondolas for mass transit

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A view of the ski gondolas at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 12, 2013 in Sochi, Russia.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 9:44 AM

Kirkland city leaders are looking at possibly installing air gondolas along the Cross Kirkland Corridor as a less expensive mass transit alternative while the city waits for light rail that could be decades away.

Mayor Amy Walen told The Seattle Times that she is expecting population growth in her city which she thinks can’t be sustained by Interstate 405.

Google is expected to put some 1,000 new employees at a campus being built along the corridor, which runs from Totem Lake to just north of SR 520. The city is hoping Google might enter into a public-private partnership to fund alternative traffic options.

You won't find many air gondolas used for mass transit in the United States. Because it’s relatively new in the U.S., it’s believed that insurance will be expensive.

Read more at The Seattle Times

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