Frequently Asked Questions

map A cable car is a beautiful and complicated piece of infrastructure. It’s also one that can inspire a whole range of emotions, questions, comments and concerns by affected parties and stakeholders.

This FAQ summarizes the range of questions we’ve been asked about the cable car’s proposed alignment thus far and answers them as best we can at this stage of project development.

Should you have any further inquiries that are not answered by this page, please forward them to us at general@donvalleycablecar.com and we’ll do our very best to try and answer them.

How long is the cable car?
The cable car will be approximately 1kilometre (1,000m) in length.

How many cable car cabins are there?
Based on preliminary estimates, the cable car will have approximately 40 cabins which hold 8 passengers each.

How long is the cable car ride?
Ride times will range from 4-8 minutes depending on system speeds.

How fast can the cable car travel?
Speed will range from 2.5 m/s to 5.0 m/s depending on time of day and/or passenger demand. During typical operations, system speeds will be lower to provide a more leisurely experience

Where are the proposed station locations?
The top station is expected to be located adjacent to Playter Gardens parkette, a 200m walk from Broadview Station. The bottom station is expected to be located at the Evergreen Brick Works’ western parking lot.

What technology will the cable car use?
The cable car will be built using standardized Monocable Detachable Gondola (MDG) technology. This is a proven technology utilized in a myriad of environments around the world.

What is the expected daily ridership of the cable car?
Typical daily ridership is estimated to range from 500-1,500 per day with special events seeing higher ridership.

How many towers will the cable car have?
Based on preliminary analyses, the cable car will have 3-6 towers.

Will dogs be allowed on board?
Yes. The cable car will be designed for all users including Man’s Best Friend.

Will the cable car provide barrier free access?
Yes, the cable car will be 100% accessible for passengers of all ages and mobility. Once the cabins arrive in stations, they will move at crawl speeds along the platform for ease of boarding. Station attendants will be present at all times to assist those with mobility challenges.

Is this a public transit project?
No. The cable car is a piece of recreational infrastructure, not a public transit system. Similar to the Toronto Ferries, the CNE Skyride and other forms of recreational infrastructure, the cable car will require users to pay a separate fare.

What is the projected ticket price?
Based on preliminary analyses, the effective average roundtrip ticket price will be approximately $10. A dynamic fare structure will allow Torontonians to ride at a reduced fare through local discounts and annual passes. Pricing details will follow in the future.

Who will pay for the cable car?
The cable car will be financed by the private sector. Financing for the cable car is being led by Collins Barrow Toronto Corporate Finance Inc.

How much will the cable car cost to build?
The cable car is estimated to cost $20 – 25 million CAD to build including all stations and land improvements.

Has a development application be filed?
No, a development application has not been filed. Please refer to our timeline for project history and anticipated next steps.

Will the cable car improve bike access?
Yes. Each cabin will be equipped with bike racks. This will allow passengers with easy and convenient access to and from the Don Valley’s many trails and sites.

What are the proposed opening hours?
Typical opening hours will be approximately 10-12 hours per day, seven days a week. Special events and weekends will see extended hours.

What is the wind resistance of the cable car?
The cable car will be built with Monocable Detachable Gondola (MDG) technology. MDG can operate safely in wind speeds of up to 70km/h.

How much noise will the cable car generate?
Cable cars produce little noise compared to other transportation technologies. The system will be designed to minimize noise pollution such that its operation will be largely indistinguishable from the ambient noise generated by surrounding traffic (i.e. Don Valley Parkway). Design interventions to minimize noise may include: Sound barriers where necessary, special cladding around electro-mechanical components and high performance cables to minimize vibrations.

Will the cable cars compromise residential privacy?
After much analysis, the cable car’s proposed alignment was chosen specifically to solve any residential privacy worries. The cable car’s proposed route does not traverse a single piece of residential property and stations are located in innocuous areas with limited traffic. Residential properties located in proximity to the route are blanketed by thick foliage and trees to further ensure no residents’ privacy is compromised.

How will the cable car impact traffic and parking?
The cable car is intended as a means a to access the Don Valley without a private automobile and will be marketed as such. The Don Valley Cable Car project team will work closely with the City, local community and Evergreen to address traffic and parking mitigation strategies. A full Transportation Impact Study will be conducted once the project reaches the planning application stage.

Are cable cars environmentally-friendly?
Cable cars operate in environmentally-sensitive areas around the world with systems regularly winning eco-tourism awards. Cable cars use less electricity than all other forms of fixed link transit and produce no point-source emissions.

What about visual pollution?
The proposed system will be optimized to minimize visual intrusion on the landscape while local artists, architects and landscape designers will be retained to create an iconic landmark for the area. A full Visual Impact Assessment will be conducted at the planning application stage.

Will trees and parkland be removed for the cable car?
No. The proposed cable car stations and towers have been strategically located adjacent to public park lands in areas such that removal of park space and old-growth trees will be unnecessary. Further studies on this matter will be conducted.

What happens if the cable car malfunctions mid-ride?
Modern cable cars are all built with multiple redundancies and back-up diesel generators. To ensure maximum passenger safety, contemporary cable car system include recovery systems which incorporate a series of safety devices and component redundancies. As a result, cabins can always be pulled back into the terminals to allow for safe evacuation.

Are cable cars safe?
Aerial cable cars are amongst the safest transportation devices in the world. Cable cars are built to the highest of international, European (CEN norms) and Canadian safety standards. Stats from the National Ski Areas Association indicate that, “a person is 3 times more likely to suffer a fatality riding an elevator than a ski lift and more than 8 times more likely to suffer a fatality riding in a car.”

Can the cable car operate over the Don Valley Parkway?
Cable cars have been built to traverse almost all geographical conditions imaginable — from moving glaciers, busy urban highways, to river crossings. Cable cars that cross existing ground transportation infrastructure is common. The project team will work closely with all city, provincial and national regulators to ensure the safety of those in the cable car and those on the ground.

Want to learn more?

gondola project Several members of the Don Valley Cable Car Project Team are the authors of Gondola Project, the world’s most-read and trusted source of information about urban cable car and gondola systems.

The Gondola Project team wrote the world’s first independent textbook on the subject of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable-propelled transit systems and are the Official Record Keeper of cable car systems for Guinness World Records.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating technology, visit Gondola Project.