Project

Assessing the Sustainability of an aerial gondola for the Swiss city of Baden

Various development and renewal projects in the city of Baden’s Bäder district are expected to lead to general growth in the district and necessitate a corresponding expansion in the district’s public transportation capacities. EBP was commissioned to examine the sustainability of installing an urban aerial gondola system compared to an expansion of the existing bus service.

The construction of a modern spa in the Bäder district of the city of Baden is expected to add to the district’s general vitality. A masterplan for the district’s comprehensive renewal has also been drafted to provide a basis for responding to the job growth and influx of workers to the Bäder district.

Meeting the commuting needs of the spa’s visitors and employees will necessitate an expansion in the district’s public transportation capacities. In light of this need, the Baden-Wettingen Regional Transportation Authority commissioned EBP to complete a sustainability assessment of the alternative transportation development concepts.

We examined the introduction of expanded, conventional bus services, including adaptations to the existing network and scheduling increases between the Baden Railway Station and the Bäder district. We also used the results of a feasibility study to assess the installation of an aerial gondola along Parkstrasse between the Baden Railway Station and various sites in the west of the Bäder district. And finally, we examined an alternative cableway over the Limmat River to the Oederlin site, including a new pedestrian bridge.

Based on our sustainability assessment, the Baden-Wettingen Regional Transportation Authority has now commissioned further in-depth analyses of the proposed aerial gondola system.