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Austin and Travis County gondola debate continues
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It seems there is still some life left in a proposed cable-run gondola system to run above Austin's streets. City and Travis County leaders held a recent meeting with Capital Metro about whether or not an above-ground gondola system could become a reality for mass transit. The Mobility Authority's Mike Heilegenstein told Cap officials, Austin could make or break a plan like this for everyone: calling it the swing vote. He added, it's encouraging that the city is talking to Cap Metro about this and that Commissioner Brigid Shea, who has championed the plan, is not giving up on finding a way to make a gondola system a reality.
But it's still all speculation since a recent study determined a cable-run transit system was too much of a niche and not viable for mass transit.