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Real cities have great public transportation for moving people in and out of the areas efficiently, but what happens when you have a city that is desperate to grow up, but doesn't have the pedestrian population density to justify the cost of a subway system?  

You get creative

Frog Design has released some interesting renderings for a possible Gondola transportation system.  Yes.  You heard that correctly.  *Gondolas*.  Those fun things you ride at the amusement parks, zoos, or ride up the mountain so you can joyfully ski back down.

Personally I think this is a quirky Austinesque solution to a growing issue in the city.  The city's highways were not built for this many people, and the population is exploding here, so we have to do something.  Anyone who has tried to drive north or southbound on either of the major highways (1 & 35) know that we're way past capacity.  

Looking at the design of these, I like where this is headed and see similar systems being put up in smaller cities in particularly congested areas.  

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Disclaimer: I overlaid the proposed map of stops on top of a Google Map, but this is not perfect scale.  The northernmost point Wells Branch. Southernmost is Slaughter I believe, but I cannot be sure.
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Heh - I'd say most cities are pretty shit at public transport :)  Well, many, anyway...

The problem of a city not having sufficient of a pedestrian problem is an interesting one, though.  If nothing else, I'd just wait for fuel to get so expensive people just can't drive everywhere (see: Europe), meaning suburbs contract and central city areas become more densely populated, allowing more people to be pedestrian...
+Yifat Cohen its likely not many people have heard about it yet.  The city isn't officially a client on this project, and it was proposed to them on Nov 1st
So, I have a question - would the building of these gondolas be cheaper than, say, busses? Small ones, sure, but I see it scaling more easily...
We have a bus system, but its not widely understood or promoted.  Another one of the main issues of this is moving bikers over congested traffic areas, which is easier to do in these pods than hook bikes onto buses.

Buses != cool or green.  Plus... we're Austin. :) 
vancouver has a nice light rapid transit system which is an above ground subway.  They move as fast as a standard subway.  I'd be impressed if a gondola could move that quick.  Interesting to know the price difference.
If people worked from home there'd be less people on the road. If business received tax credit for work from home programs, they'd be more inclined to do so.
The air will be cleaner, less traffic and no expenses in digging trenches. 
One word that ends the idea...  tornado
Brilliant idea, and it's quirky enough for Austin.  So this would be like a ski lift?
I think there's a lot to be said for people working together in groups - working at home can get very isolating... However, I also don't think everyone needs to live in a big house, or with a big garden and if they DO, they don't necessarily need to drive a car everywhere (especially if it's a large SUV, and is carrying only one person).
Many people would use public transportation +aimee whitcroft if it was available. And it has nothing to do with big houses.

And as for working in teams, I agree. And Hangouts solve that.
I'm not so sure, +Yifat :) My point was simply that we don't all need to live in suburbs ('big' houses and yards), as opposed to more densely.

I don't think Hangouts currently solve all of the problems with isolation which people working from home experience.  There's also all of the serendipity that comes from working with other smart people :)

As to your assertion that many people would use public transportation if it was available - do you mean in Austin? Or generally? Because if generally, culture and the quality/cost of p/transport have a massive impact on the proportion of people who use the service...
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