LA PAZ – The Bolivian capital conducted on Monday a public test run of the seventh line of the world’s highest-altitude and most extensive cable car system ahead of its upcoming inauguration on Saturday night.
Bolivian President Evo Morales took the line on its maiden run, saying that the project is part of his administration’s plan to develop “150 public works” by July 16, in time for the commemoration of the 209th anniversary of the independence uprising in La Paz.
Morales said that the cable car system is “envied abroad,” adding that other Latin American cities have reached out requesting consulting to build similar projects.
The line is expected to be fully operational as of this weekend, although it has been partially open to the public since March.
This network of cable car lines will be the first of its kind to have a terminal in the middle of a city and it will link to three other lines operating in south and east La Paz, which also connect with neighboring El Alto.
The new line – identified by its sky-blue color – takes 11.8 minutes to complete a one-way trip and has the capacity to transport as many as 8,000 people per hour in both directions.
In April this year, the state company that operates the system under the leadership of Cesar Dockweiler, celebrated providing service to 125 million commuters since 2014.