Rome mayor revives cable car project

Raggi wants Rome to have cable car "like London and Berlin".

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has revived her proposal to introduce a cable car network in the city, first announced in her election campaign earlier this year.

Relaunching the plan on her Facebook page on 24 October, Raggi said her administration is carrying out a feasibility study on a cable car project as part of its "vision of an integrated, sustainable city."

Raggi said the introduction of a cable car network would represent a “revolution” in Rome's ecosystem. Noting that London and Berlin have taken the first steps in introducing cable car systems, soon to be followed by Paris, Raggi stated that “Rome certainly doesn't want to be left behind.”

During her election campaign Raggi proposed a cable car to alleviate traffic congestion between the western suburbs of Casolotti and Boccea by connecting commuters to the Battistini metro station. At the time she claimed the project would cost “one tenth” of installing a tram line and would take 18-24 months to build.

Her proposal, which was met with widespread irony on social media, was part of her three-point transport plan, along with extending Metro B and getting the troubled Metro C project operational as far as the Colosseum.