LA PAZ – President Evo Morales inaugurated this weekend the seventh line of the world’s highest-altitude and most extensive cable car system.
The new line, which opened on Saturday, takes around 12 minutes to complete a one-way trip and has the capacity to transport as many as 8,000 people per hour in both directions.
The project is part of the Morales 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.
In his speech, Morales said that the project represents “a dream come true for La Paz denizens.”
He also said that three additional lines are currently under construction, set to link to the already existing lines, which connect to neighboring El Alto, the second most populated city in the Andean nation.
“It has been 366 days and the line is already operating,” state-run operator Mi Teleferico manager Cesar Dockweiler said, adding that the time it has taken has been among the shortest.
The inauguration event was kicked off with an offering to “Pachamama” or Mother Earth, which included the lighting of a bonfire, in one of the stations of the new route.
Morales himself pushed the button activating the new line, accompanied by Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, as well as several other members of his cabinet.
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.
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.