A new chance for the zoo tram?
filed on: 18.08.2006 (18th Aug 2006)
VCS has started collecting signatures with a view towards bringing about a referendum for a tram extension to the zoo. The current Zoo terminus is a short walk from the zoo entrance. Recent expansion of the zoo has increased visitor numbers while also moving the main entrance further away. This has bolstered the case for better transport. To address this, the city of Zürich evaluated a tram extension in 2000 which would have cost 11 million for a 400 meter link. This was rejected by a council decision in 2001. Partly as an alternative to this, the Zoo looked into an aerial cable car from Stettbach (which is actually more expensive than the tram link, but would be financed privately). This cable car has met with some opposition.
source: 20 Minuten
Website comment: At the time the tram link was rejected, one councillor justified this decision by saying that somebody who has walked around in the zoo all day can be expected to walk the 400m to the tram stop afterwards. There is certainly truth in this, but one wonders why the same argument should not apply to people who drive there — especially seeing that another argument raised against the tram at the time was that its tracks would eliminate a number of car parking spaces directly outside the zoo entrance.
This news item is from the 2006 newslog.
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