LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday took the new cable car line, which is expected to take commuters from downtown La Paz to neighboring El Alto in eight minutes, on its maiden voyage.
Morales was accompanied by the CEO of state-run Mi Teleferico, Cesar Dockweiler, who told reporters that the new line will reduce transit time between both cities – which is usualy a bit less than an hour by ground transportation – by as much as 40 minutes.
Morales highlighted that the project will add to the lines already operating in la Paz, referring to what is set to become the world’s eighth highest-altitude and most extensive cable car system
“We are making the dream of the people of La Paz come true and this line is something special,” Morales said.
The “Purple Line” – which is the second cable car route to go all the way to downtown La Paz – will alleviate traffic jams, mainly caused by commuters traveling between municipalities, which are together home to 2 million of Bolivia’s roughly 11 million people.
Last April, the company celebrated the 125th million passenger since it started operations in 2014.