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Texas town considers gondolas for public transit

MASS TRANSIT SOLUTION? Leaders in Round Rock, Texas, are considering gondolas – like this one in Vail, Colo. – as they make public transit plans for the city. (AP Photo/Vail Daily, Preston Utley)

AUSTIN – When one of the most innovative cities in America takes its first crack at mass transit you can bet it won’t be buses, trains or streetcars.

No, Round Rock, Texas, elevation 709 feet, is thinking about a gondola system, like those crawling up and down the ski slopes of the world.

While the average mope on a Round Rock street might ask, ‘Are you really serious?’ the mayor of the city, Alan McGraw, is quick with a reply. “Why not?” Continue reading