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Bolivia opens world's highest urban cable car

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 - 01:03

April 8 - Bolivia inaugurates the world's highest urban cable car system, traversing high up in the Andes to connect the mountain cities of La Paz and El Alto. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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It's the world's highest urban cable car system. High up in Bolivia's Andean metropolis, the cable car network has begun carrying its first passengers at a dizzying height of more than 13,000 feet or 4,000 meters above sea level. Excitement is already in the air. Some passengers can't seem to get enough. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PASSENGER LIDIA GUTIERREZ SAYING: "I already went for a ride. The cable car arrives at El Alto in less then 10 minutes. I'm very excited. Our city of La Paz looks beautiful, the mountain illuminates, the snow. I'm very excited." The new cable cars aim to offer a faster service than more traditional modes of city transportation. A typical journey of one and a half to two hours will now take only 24 minutes. With a price tag of $240 million dollars -- the hope is money will save time

Bolivia opens world's highest urban cable car

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 - 01:03

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