February 19, 2016 9:42 am
Updated: February 19, 2016 8:16 pm

Privately funded cable car route proposed for Don Valley

WATCH ABOVE: The plan to build a gondola over the Don Valley from Danforth Avenue to the Evergreen Brick Works has initial support from Toronto Mayor John Tory. Mark McAllister reports.

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If you thought cable cars were only for ski hills, think again.

A new proposal is being put forth that will offer the public and tourists an opportunity to ride over the Don Valley from Danforth Avenue to the Evergreen Brick Works.

The Toronto-based company behind the idea, Bullwheel International Cable Car Corp., said the project will be privately funded at a cost of between $20 to $25 million and take approximately three to four years to build.

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The 1-kilometre cable car ride will connect Playter Gardens near Broadview subway station to the Evergreen Brick Works, which the company says will help reduce the need to drive, eliminate crowded parking lots and enhance access to urban green space.

According to information on the project’s website, the proposal is being advertised as “a piece of recreational infrastructure” and not a public transit system.

The ticket price is estimated to cost $10 for a roundtrip with local residents getting a reduced fare compared to tourists who will be required to pay the full price.

The company says the cable cars will not travel over residential homes and is run exclusively on electricity.

A portion of the cable car line is however expected to run over the Don Valley Parkway, which the company says they will work with city, provincial and national regulators to ensure its safety.

A public information session to learn more about he project has been scheduled for March 8 between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Estonian House.

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