On its fifth anniversary, it is worth mentioning that Venezuela’s Metrocable system was recognized by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for, according to the exhibit’s website, its innovative design that symbolized architecture’s commitment to social responsibility.
The MoMA exhibit titled “Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures for Social Engagement” was dedicated to an in-depth exploration of architecture projects in various countries, including Venezuela in January 2011.
Fifth Anniversary for San Agustin Metrocable
The first of its kind in Venezuela, the San Agustin Metrocable, which opened in January 2010, is an unconventional transit system that has allowed six thousand daily passengers to descend from the heights of San Agustin to the center of Caracas in just nine minutes. As of 2014, nearly 1.5 million people had used the San Agustin Metrocable, which connects to the Caracas Metro system.
The cable cars have a route of 1.8km and stop at five stations: Parque Central, Hornos de Cal, La Ceiba, El Manguito and San Agustin. The cars themselves are named for certain principles of the Bolviarian Revolution, such as social change, love or participation, as well as for states in the country, including Miranda, Anzoategui and Aragua.
The San Agustin Metrocable has 54 cabins with room for ten people each (eight sitting and two standing). It can accommodate 1.5 thousand passengers per hours, up to 15 thousand people per day, according to the Caracas Metro website.
Other such systems in the country include the Mariche Metrocable, which was inaugurated in December 2012, and the Bolivarian Cabletrain, which began operations in August 2013.
Nevertheless, the San Agustin Metrocable was the first of its kind in the country, bringing efficient and modern mass transit to working class neighborhoods that had previously been difficult to access.
AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / January 20, 2015