Doppelmayr to link La Paz with El Alto

The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group has yesterday, 10 September, entered into a contract with the Bolivian Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Servicios y Viviendas in La Paz to build three urban ropeways. The detachable ropeways will be equipped with 10-passenger cabins and will link the two major Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto. At altitudes between 3,600 and 4,000 metres above sea level, the three ropeways, with an overall length of almost 11 kilometres and a total of 11 stations, will greatly alleviate transportation problems for thousands of commuters between the two cities, transporting up to 9,000 persons per hour per direction. Construction work on the project - Doppelmayr's first in Bolivia - is due to commence in late 2012, with completion and official acceptance envisaged for the end of 2014.


Doppelmayr has been awarded the contract to build three ropeways in the Bolivian capital of La Paz. These first urban ropeways in Bolivia will link the two grown-together cities of La Paz and El Alto. With individual lengths of up to 4 kilometres, several intermediate stations and transport capacities of up to 3,000 persons per hour per direction, they will take a considerable amount of traffic off the extremely congested roads, thus greatly alleviating transportation problems for the cities' commuters. The overall length of the three ropeways is 10.7 kilometres, with a total of 11 stations, which makes the La Paz project the world's largest network of urban ropeways.


With travelling speeds of up to 5 m/s (approx. 18 km/h), travelling times between the two cities will be between 10 and 16.5 minutes at the most, whereas doing the same distance in a car may take up to one hour and more.


In the contract negotiations with the Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Servicios y Viviendas, Doppelmayr was able to impress with its comprehensive knowledge of all ropeway related matters, its high quality standards, its demonstrated commitment and ability to deliver on target, and last but not least with its many years of experience in international large-scale projects. The parties to the contract agreed not to disclose the contract value.


The ground-breaking ceremony is to be held still in 2012. Planning and design work is already underway at Doppelmayr/Garaventa. Project completion and official acceptance are envisaged for the end of  2014.


Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group

The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group is the quality leader in ropeway engineering. A profound understanding of their customers' needs combined with utmost professionalism and precision in work form the bases for the corporation's global market leading position. Doppelmayr/Garaventa also lead the way in terms of technology and can boast numerous world-firsts as well as major milestones in modern day ropeway engineering. The corporation runs production facilities and sales and service offices in more than 30 countries worldwide and has to date built more than 14,300 ropeway systems for customers in 87 countries.


Doppelmayr's latest project in London, where a ropeway has been built to cross the Thames, has won international acclaim, and, with more than one million passengers after just two months of service, has made its mark as a comfortable and fast means of transport within an urban public transport system.


Facts and Figures: La Paz, Bolivia:


Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Servicios y Viviendas, Bolivien


Doppelmayr/Garaventa Gruppe

Ropeway system

10-MGD (kuppelbare Gondelbahn)


Linea Roja

Linea Amarilla

Linea Verde


Panorámica Norte – Escuela Naval

Panorámica – San Jorge

San Jorge – Las Cholas

Line length

2,735 m

3,908 m


Number of stations




Travelling time

10 min

13.5 min

16.5 min

Travelling speed

max. 5 m/s (18 km/h)


3,000 persons per hour per direction

Operating hours/day

17 h


Ekkehard Assmann
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