“Innovative, vital multi-modal transportation link will provide
the Capital Region with economic, tourism and environmental benefits.”
Albany, NY — July 7, 2016 –New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) Sustaining Member McLaren Engineering Group announced today the launch of a transportation feasibility study for an aerial gondola that would connect the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to downtown Albany – providing a new, reliable and efficient transportation option for commuters, visitors and tourists.
The study will be managed out of McLaren’s downtown Albany office by Peter Melewski, National Director of Strategic Planning. Currently, McLaren is self-funding the study and assembling a team to execute it. The team includes Doppelmayr, the world’s leading manufacturer of ropeway technologies for gondolas, which has a nearby Ballston Spa, NY, office.
“The gondola will provide a much-needed transportation link across the river for commuters, visitors and tourists,” says Malcolm McLaren, President and CEO, McLaren Engineering Group. “The Albany train station, Amtrak’s 9th busiest, is physically isolated from the capitol and downtown businesses. An aerial gondola system will provide a unique, cost-effective transportation mode that will benefit the entire region.”