McLaren Engineering Group completed a transportation feasibility study for an aerial gondola that could connect the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to the downtown. This gondola could provide a new, reliable, and efficient transportation option for commuters, visitors and tourists. The McLaren team found that a Capital District Gondola is technically feasible with minimal environmental impact. As a result, the Gondola received strong support from local stakeholders.
McLaren found that a new gondola could connect the 825,000 people arriving and departing each year at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to three important destinations: downtown Albany, the Capital Center and the Empire State Plaza. Total ridership was projected to be in the hundreds of thousands of people each year. As a result, this could boost local sales and tax revenue. Additionally, the study garnered widespread news coverage throughout the region as the community rallied around the concept. Above all, the firm made a difference by conceptualizing the idea, and communicating the gondola’s positive effects on the region for economic development and tourism.
This project was awarded the Engineering Excellence Platinum Award in Category A: Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services by the ACEC New York in 2020.
To learn more, read about the Capital District Gondola Feasibility Study.