Maçka Gondola

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The Maçka Gondola, aka Maçka-Ta?k??la Aerial Cable Car, (Template:Lang-tr) is a two-station gondola-type line of aerial lift passenger transport system situated in ?i?li district of Istanbul, Turkey. Opened on April 11, 1993, the Template:Convert long line connects Maçka neighborhood with Ta?k??la quarter close to Taksim Square. It is operated under the line number Tf1 by Istanbul Transport Company, a subsidiary of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.<ref name="iu">Template:Cite web</ref> The fare is paid by the contactless smart card of Istanbulkart, which is valid at all public transport in Istanbul.<ref name="i">Template:Cite web</ref>

The gondola line was constructed to provide easy access between Maçka and Ta?k??la, two localities in the center of the city separated from each other by a Template:Convert deep green valley. They are normally connected by a long horse-shoe formed drive around the valley, which contains the Maçka Democracy Park and the Beyo?lu Marriage Office.<ref name="iu"/> While the Maçka Station is a gateway to the upscale neighborhoods Te?vikiye and Ni?anta??, the Ta?k??la Station is in walking distance to Taksim Square. There exist campuses of the Istanbul Technical University on both sides of the valley as well as a number of five-star hotels like ParkSA Hilton Hotel, Swissôtel Istanbul The Bosphorus Hotel at the Maçka side and Hilton Istanbul, Hyatt Regency, Divan Istanbul at the Ta?k??la side. The Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre is situated close to the Ta?k??la Station.

Gondola lift system

The line was designed and the system was delivered by the French company Poma, and the construction was carried out by Turkish company Baytur. It is a two-station overhead transport system without any support tower in the middle of the line distance.<ref name="iu"/>

The pulse-movement gondola system runs two sets of two unidirectional six-seater tandem cabins. In each direction, there are two ropes, one for carriyng and the other for hauling the cabins. The cabins stop at the terminal, and they are accelerated to line speed at 4 m/s (13 ft/s) after leaving the terminal. In case of power supply cut, a standby generator ensures the travel of the cabins to the target station at a low speed.<ref name="iu"/><ref name="i"/>

Fare is collected for both directions at the Maçka Terminal.

Specifications

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Maçka Gondola tandem cabins at Ta?k??la Terminal.
  • Line length: Template:Convert
  • Number of stations: 2
  • Number of cabins: 4
  • Trip duration: 3.5 minutes
  • Operational hours: 07:30 - 21:00 (weekdays), 08?00 - 19?00 (Sundays)
  • Daily ridership: 1,000 passengers daily
  • Number of daily trips: 90
  • Frequency: 5 minutes during peak hours
  • Fare: Template:Turkish lira1.95 (by Istanbulkart)

See also

  • List of gondola lifts in Turkey

References

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External links

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