Cable Car Will Return to Yerevan

Cable Car Will Return to Yerevan

There are stormy discussions among architects in the last year. The reason is the possible investment project of a new cable car in Yerevan. According to the media, the project proposal was presented in April last year by IDeA Foundation Director Edgar Manukyan at a meeting with Deputy Mayor Vahe Nikoyan. Since June, the Yerevanproject CJSC started work on this project and already in October a meeting-discussion was held between the director of Doppelmayr Seilbahnen Valery Yashin and the deputy mayor of Yerevan Vahe Nikoyan. The aim of the project is to create an alternative link between downtown and the administrative districts of the city - Kanaker-Zeytun, Nork-Marash, Nor-Nork, Arabkir or Ajapnyak. Note that the project proposal does not include the restoration of the old ropeway from Heratsi Street to Nork-Marash district.

While the issues like project start date, possible investors or the ropeway capacity still under discussion, we’ll try to understand what will mean the implementation of this project for Yerevan. Recall that the cable car of Yerevan, built in 1967, stopped working in 2004 due to tragic accident. Maybe at that time the termination of the ropeway work did not significantly affect the capital’s transport communication system, but today, due to the growth of traffic flows, when traffic jams appears everywhere, this project must be a necessity. The implementation of the project will somehow unload the traffic load in the city, in particular in the downtown. In addition, it can become a starting point for development of tourism-connected businesses in peripheral administrative districts of Yerevan and will create greener environment for the leaving in Yerevan.