Mississippi Aerial River Transit

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Mississippi Aerial River Transit
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During the World Fair, 1984
Overview
StatusDismantled in 1994
LocationNew Orleans
Coordinates29°56′40″N 90°03′45″W / 29.94444°N 90.06250°W / 29.94444; -90.06250Coordinates: 29°56′40″N 90°03′45″W / 29.94444°N 90.06250°W / 29.94444; -90.06250
TerminiAlgiers, New Orleans
Warehouse District (the fair site)
No. of stations2
OpenApril 1984
ClosedApril 1985
Operation
No. of carriers53
Carrier capacity6[1]
Ridership(max.) 2,000 hourly
Operating times10 am – 2 am[1]
Trip duration4 min
Fare$3.50 roundtrip[2]
Technical features
Aerial lift typegondola lift
Manufactured byPomagalski SA
Line length2,300 feet (701 m)
No. of support towers2

The Mississippi Aerial River Transit, or simply MART, was a gondola lift transport system spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It was constructed for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. After the fair, this served as the second urban aerial lift and the first gondola lift commuter system in the United States,[3] in operation for just a year before closing.

The system featured 53 separate cars, a 2,300 feet (700 m) cross-river cable, twin steel towers that lifted the cable 200 feet (61 m) into the air, two station houses, concrete pillars that anchored the cable and two 358 feet (109 m) steel towers.[4] Each of the two main towers were supported with 12-inch (300 mm) steel piles driven 285 feet (87 m) into the ground, with each tower weighing 200 short tons (180 t).[4] Its twin towers were the tallest ever constructed for a gondola lift at the time.[5] (The Emirates Air Line in London, built nearly three decades later, would exceed this former record by 50%.)

  1. ^ a b Louisiana Office of Tourism (1982). Louisiana: A State of Excitement (PDF). Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. p. 72.
  2. ^ Cotter, Bill (2009). The 1984 New Orleans World's Fair. Arcadia Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4396-4217-7.
  3. ^ The Roosevelt Island Tramway, which opened in 1976 in New York City, was an aerial tramway system not a gondola lift system as the MART was. See also "Aerial gondolas planned for New Orleans transit". Engineering News-Record. May 12, 1983. pp. 17, News.
  4. ^ a b "Fast-track tram over river". Engineering News-Record. May 3, 1984. pp. 25, Features.
  5. ^ POMA. "POMA Group: History". Archived from the original on November 6, 2002. Retrieved October 17, 2006.

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