Santo Domingo Cable Car

Emilio Valerio

11 October 2018

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Santo Domingo cable car

With the commissioning of the Santo Domingo cable car, the Dominican capital has joined the ranks of Latin American cities that have opted for the aerial cable car system for mass transport, guaranteeing access to marginalised sectors and favouring social integration in Greater Santo Domingo. In addition to housing the electromechanical platform and resolving the functions of a transport infrastructure, they also fulfil an aesthetic function, as the design of the four stations: Gualey, Los Tres Brazos, Sabana Perdida and Charles de Gaulle stands out for its modern aesthetics - pure volumes with a contemporary formal language - and sites of ordered geometry that contrast with the surrounding urban landscape characterised by the informality of its constructions and visual pollution.


The cable car project included the construction of four stations (with intervention in their surroundings), the assembly of the electromechanical system with five platforms, 36 support towers or pylons and the assembly of the traction cable. The justification for the project was determined by the need for a safe and dignified integral mobility solution for more than 287,000 citizens of the National District and the municipalities of Santo Domingo East and Santo Domingo North.


The aerial cable system provides a feasible solution for the interconnection of the marginalised communities of Greater Santo Domingo - especially the neighbourhoods it crosses, which are Gualey, Los Tres Brazos and Sabana Perdida -, favours the urban transformation of the sectors on the banks of the Ozama River basin and generates social cohesion on a metropolitan scale. On the other hand, the physical and fare integration with the Santo Domingo metro and its feeder routes represents a sustainable management model from a social, economic and environmental point of view, with an estimated savings of approximately 30% in time and money for users.

The seasons

The stations are integrated with the Santo Domingo metro through an interconnection tunnel between the Eduardo Brito metro station and the Gualey cable car station. Each of the stations is integrated into the urban dynamics of the place, articulated through the treatment of the public spaces that surround it, access platforms, green areas and well-defined pedestrian and vehicular circulations with universal access.


The architectural design of the stations was the responsibility of the Colombian studio Elipse Arquitectura y Diseño, led by architect José Alejandro Yepes and recognised as one of the most experienced studios in architectural solutions for cable car stations in Latin America.


All stations are developed in two-level buildings, the first level or ticket office, with double height, is where the arrival areas, ticket office, circulation -with an access turnstile line-, technical services and support areas for security and maintenance are developed; and the second level, where the passenger boarding and disembarking platforms are located and where the station manager's office is generally located. Between the second level and the roof is the electromechanical platform of the cable system.


The contemporary-style architecture of the stations was conceived as a series of permeable volumes, with a pure and clean geometry, in order to emphasise their presence in visually polluted environments. The façade cladding combines aluminium composite and micro-perforated aluminium panels, the latter offering the advantage of adequately filtering sunlight and allowing proper ventilation to create comfortable indoor environments. At night, the transparency of the facades and the lighting design help to highlight the presence of the buildings, which have the appearance of illuminated boxes. All the lighting used is of the LED type with low energy consumption to save energy.