Capital District Gondola Feasibility Study

Standout Features

McLaren Engineering Group completed a transportation feasibility study for an aerial gondola that could connect the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to downtown Albany–providing a new, reliable, and efficient transportation option for commuters, visitors and tourists. McLaren found that a Capital District Gondola is technically feasible with minimal environmental impact, and has strong support from local stakeholders.

The McLaren Difference: Applied Ingenuity

The study 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 Albany Capital Center and the Empire State Plaza. Total ridership was projected to be in the hundreds of thousands of people each year, boosting local sales and tax revenue. The study garnered widespread news coverage throughout Albany as the community rallied around the concept. McLaren’s team made a difference by conceptualizing the idea, and then communicating the gondola’s positive effects on the Albany region for economic development and tourism.

We would like to know your views on travel in the Capital District. To learn more, read about the Capital District Gondola Feasibility Study. To participate in a Capital District Travel Study, go to and enter the code ‘cap’.