Would an aerial tram make sense for Mt. Adams?

The number of cities using aerial trams (cable cars) as a means of urban transport is growing. In Cincinnati, the idea of implementing an aerial tram between Over-the-Rhine and Mt. Adams has long been considered. Often times the trams take passengers from low-lying areas to the tops of hillsides, but they are also being used to traverse rivers and more. More from The Guardian:

Cable transport is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, safe and requires little infrastructure. It is particularly suitable for crossing natural obstacles such as rivers or scaling hills, there being no need for expensive engineering work. Over an equivalent distance a cable link costs half as much as a tram line, and though no rival for underground railways in terms of capacity, some models can carry up to 8,000 passengers an hour.

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  • Into the idea, OTR to Mt Adams probably makes the most sense. Maybe follow it up with East Price Hill to West Price Hill and maybe one from either Brighton or Camp Washington up to Clifton.

  • Probably a much better/realistic alternative approach to re-instituting the old incline routes. Less maintenance, faster, and less capital intensive. They could be one unique part to a diversified and comprehensive transportation plan for the city.

    Could you imagine a car-restricted downtown basin with cable cars to the hilltops, where underground subway lines terminate. From Fairfield, ride in underground on the subway to Price Hill, take the cable car to Devou Park, then another subway to the airport.

  • The Roosevelt Island Tram in NYC is kind of a unique situation where natural features and transportation limitations warranted a tram to Manhattan. Maybe after the streetcar is running could a tram or other transit be explored.

  • Jeffrey Jakucyk

    The ship has pretty much sailed on putting back the Mt. Adams Incline. That would be ideal, but the problem is that at its base is a wasteland of highway ramps and parking lots (Eggleston Avenue between E. 4th and E. 5th Streets) which makes redeveloping that area difficult at best. To do a shallower angle incline or aerial tramway along the same alignment would put it near the backside of the Taft Museum, which isn’t all that much better and would probably be prohibitively expensive. An aerial tramway between the intersection of Monastery and Celestial (or maybe up to St. Paul) and landing somewhere on the casino grounds near Reading Road between Pendleton and 13th Streets would be fairly short and a good way to bridge not only the mess of highways and the hill, but it would have a well-established pool of riders with built-up neighborhoods on both ends.

  • Cincinnati was supposed to build an aerial tram for
    Cincinnati bicentennial. The plan called for the tram to travel from 7th
    & Broadway to Mt. Adams.