Cleveland SkyLift

11 lift stations, 11 destinations. Flying you across our waterfront and parks! Why SkyLift will rock...

1. Navigating between east and west, north and south, has been a challenge.

The sky lift system connects riders to ten points along the coast, and getting from point A to point B becomes as simple as stepping up and enjoying the ride.

2. Unlike other methods of public transportation, the sky lift system is port friendly, and doesn't interfere with the operations of any of Cleveland's working ports, whether they're nautical or aeronautical.

3. A sky lift system eliminates the need for costly bridges and pedestrian walkways, an unnecessary drain on the city's finances.

4. The system would connect with existing RTA stops (East and West) and with AMTRAK

5. Each car is a fantastic opportunity for companies to advertise, and the funds would go to the Regional Transit Authority

6. Cleveland's skyline will become more distinguished and recognizable.

7. Public transit to lakefront parks. Explore the waterfront's most celebrated parks without the hassle of parking. Wendy Park, for example, is hard to get to and thus has been under utilized.

8. A sky lift system provides a unique opportunity for major sponsorship. With such Cleveland landmarks as First Energy Stadium and Progressive Field, it is only logical that a sky lift system would be a comparable sponsorship opportunity, e.g. "United Airlines Sky Lift".

9. While Cleveland currently has an excellent public transportation system in the RTA, a sky lift will amplify Cleveland's ability to provide outstanding public transportation to its community.

10. Access to the RTA Municipal lot will replace parking spaces that could be lost upon development of Browns Stadium.

11. Eight Tennis courts exist at the east end of the Municipal lot that could be revitalized to provide more green space and athletic amenities for residents.

12. Edgewater station is within walking distance to Battery Park & Gordon Square.

13. The entire project would create many jobs and assist in the economic growth of our city.


SkyLift dreamed for Cleveland waterfront could connect Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton

Donn Angus, Canton's planning director, applied for a grant to find out whether a sky lift connecting the Pro Football Hall of Fame with downtown Canton.

[10/28/16]   Things are moving in the right direction, we are flying in our gondola engineers to participate in a stakeholder design meeting. Cleveland City Planning is coming through for us and helping us facilitate! Lots of forward thinkers attending :) Cle is on a roll, lets make it fly!


Mother Nature Network

Cleveland Skylift mention :)

Once confined to ski resorts, aerial lifts are having a moment.


Chicago's Innovative Glass Pods

Chicago seems to be moving in the right direction...

These futuristic transparent cable cars will offer mind-blowing views of Chicago. 05/26/2016

Information Session Offers Closer Look at Don Valley Cable Car | Urban Toronto

Toronto A community information session has yielded more details into the visionary Don Valley cable car project that could link the Evergreen Brick Works to Danforth Avenue. 05/20/2016

Are Urban Gondolas Part of the Future of Public Transit? While gondolas may seem unorthodox, their myriad advantages compared to traditional rail or bus systems make them an intriguing potential addition to any city’s transportation plans, say supporters. 05/12/2016

Proposed cable car attraction would take Chicago to new heights

After the RNC we plan on getting back on this, we want to get ours done before Chicago! We would love to see 4 stations: North Coast Harbor to East Bank to Wendy Park and maybe even Nautica Waterfront (West Bank). Check out the new Nautica plans unveiled 3 days ago. Preliminary plans have been unveiled for a new aerial cable car tourist attraction for the Windy City. Should the Chicago Skyline proposal be realized, it would transport up to 3,000 people per hour and link Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Chicago River Riverwalk, and downtown Chicago. 02/23/2016

Don Valley gondola could lift Toronto tourism | Toronto Star

Toronto is looking at this too. Let's be first! A gondola is being floated as a means of connecting tourists and Torontonians with Evergreen Brick Works and the city’s 02/20/2016

Weather no worry for gondolas, experts say

10 years out for Tampa... CLEARWATER — Gondolas have suddenly become a thing in Pinellas County, as officials in both Clearwater and St. Petersburg are mulling the sky crawlers as an alternative to cars and buses. 01/31/2016

United States a latecomer to the notion of gondolas as transportation

Cleveland Skylift referenced in Tampa Bay Times. We are still pushing hard, stay tuned! CLEARWATER — They shuttle people over mountain terrain in Bolivia, across the River Thames in London and between villages in Hong Kong.


Largest urban ropeway on Eurasian continent (Ankara / TR)

Leitner-Poma, the firm we have been working with, shared this cool video with us. Gives you a good idea of what this could be like.

The detachable 10-passenger gondola lift from LEITNER ropeways connects the neighborhoods of Şentepe and Yenimahalle to the subway network. It shows how inno...

[09/03/15]   [email protected]_CleMetParks brings up @cleskylift idea as part of connectivity conversation at @TheCityClub discussion :) 06/05/2015

DC weighs gondola system to connect tony Georgetown with outside world

We are still pushing forward, stay tuned, and we aren't the only ones... City planners are now looking at installing a gondola system, a feature more commonly seen at ski resorts, to span the Potomac River and connect the upscale communities of Georgetown and Rosslyn. 09/27/2014

10 annual IngenuityFest kicks off

Come see our cable car at Ingenuity Festival 2014 parked right beside the Great Lakes Science Center! Technology and art are coming together this weekend to help you rediscover Cleveland. 09/17/2014

High-Speed Gondolas Take New York's Transportation To The Sky

We are still moving ahead, stay tuned! In the meantime, we aren't the only ones with this idea. The East River Skyway wants to connect trendy neighborhoods to Manhattan by way of zero-emissions cable cars.

[08/14/14]   Thanks for the tweet Cleveland 2016 RNC (@CLErnc)!
8/14/14, 1:47 PM
Would you ride the @cleskylift? Check out the website to learn more about what’s in the works! #ThisisCLE

[07/27/14]   Hey SkyLift fans.....stay tuned! We are still pushing hard and hope to make some announcements soon, good things are happening!


Upcoming Cleveland Projects

Thanks WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland for including us in last nights coverage! We are pushing hard and have gained support from Cumberland & Trammel Crow development team who are developing North Coast Harbor. North Coast Harbor includes the space around the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Browns stadium. 06/24/2014

North Coast Harbor bridge plans are beautiful but cost rises to $8M, thanks to lengthy review of...

$8 million for a bridge... The design by Boston architect Miguel Rosales for a pedestrian bridge at North Coast Harbor should be worth the wait, despite long delays and higher costs.

[06/24/14]   Very excited to present at the NAI Daus event tomorrow at Progressive Field. We will be bringing the cable car and hanging out on home run porch after presentations in the Terrace Club! All the big names in Cleveland real estate will be there and we looking forward to collaborating with them to push ahead! (After Mike Hargroves keynote). 06/03/2014

City Council greenlights mixed-use plan - The Plain Dealer

This is a big step forward for Cle! SkyLift fans stay tuned....we haven't given up. We have been waiting for this day so we can continue to push forward :) Cleveland City Council approved legislation Monday authorizing the next steps in the long-anticipated lakefront developmentproject. The ordinance authorizes the director of Port Control to enter an option-to-lease agreement with Cumberland TCC, LCC — owned by Cumberland Lakefront LLC and High Street… 03/13/2014

Dick Pace, Trammell Crow tapped as Cleveland lakefront developers with big housing plans

Congratulations to Dick Pace, Trammell Crow! Very excited you won and we look forward to continuing our discussions! Their vision: A neighborhood of sorts, with more than 1,000 apartments, stores and restaurants, an office building, a public boardwalk and a downtown school.

[01/14/14]   Status update: The Convention Center Hotel is off the table, we got to the party too late and can't impact their project timeline.

So now we are pursuing two options in parallel.

Option 1: An area on the West side of Mall C (directly in front of the new hotel) down to the area between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum and Great Lakes Science Center.

Option 2: East Bank of the Flats to Wendy Park.

We are considering converting to a non-profit and are working to engage a project management firm to represent us.

We have many meetings scheduled so please stay tuned and thank you for your support! 01/13/2014

St. Petersburg developer shares vision of sky ride over the bay

We made some more progress on Friday and are feeling good, stay tuned!

In the meantime, someone in St. Pertersburg is pushing for one over Tampa Bay. TAMPA — The St. Petersburg heavy hitter who stepped into the debates over the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium and St. Petersburg’s Pier apparently has another solution to a regional problem: aerial cable cars over Tampa Bay. 12/06/2013

Today's Buzz: Cleveland Named Among Top "Rising Star" Cities in the World

An increase in tourism would help with the SkyLift plan! Photo Courtesy of Instagram User andysimon64 12/04/2013

Mayoral Candidate Dreams Up Crazy Urban Gondola System

Miami is thinking about a cable car system too! It's good to dream big in Miami, a metro built on gaudy ideas, sheer promise, and sometimes ludicrous public projects (and that's just Marlins Park). 11/21/2013

Daniel Burnham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
— Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)

From the designer of the mall that the Convention Center Hotel will look over...the Group Plan.

We attended the pubic forum last night and realize there are risks and roadblocks. However we look forward to meeting with the design team soon to see how we can overcome them!

http:/ Daniel Hudson Burnham, FAIA (September 4, 1846 – June 1, 1912) was an American architect and urban designer. He was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He took a leading role in the creation of master plans for the development of a number of cities, including Chica... 11/20/2013

Cleveland SkyLift moves toward reality

Thank you WKYC & Sara Shookman for covering our event last night Market Garden Brewery & Distillery, and for all the great supporters that came out! The developers behind Cleveland SkyLift say they are making progress promoting a new way to see the city.




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