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I wanted to ask about the noise, but found this in the meantime:

Italy: A greener way to travel to Umbria's capital | Travel | guardian.co.uk

Many locals though have given it a cold welcome, complaining about the continuous hum of the cable pulleys.

So it's a cable railway. It seemed non-standard even for peoplemovers, but I indeed find a different technological origin in the same article:

Built by Leitner Technologies, an Italian engineering firm better known for its ski gondolas and high-speed lifts, the mini metro is being hailed as an engineering first.

I hear a faint echo of the Monorail Song.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Aug 3rd, 2012 at 04:02:07 PM EST
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The article suggests that the metro is the key for keeping cars out of the city. I suspect that the wide array of escalators is equally, if not more, important. There are lots of escalators taking you up to the city centre, including a series of them from the S. Anna station that takes you underground through the old medieval city. But they don't make such exciting stories (or photographs....)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Aug 3rd, 2012 at 04:05:33 PM EST
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Sort of like a newer version of San Francisco's cable cars.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 4th, 2012 at 10:42:22 AM EST
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Good luck running the SF ones without an operator. It's easier to do when you don't have cars around, and the worst you have to deal with are dogs. Or, more precisely, their leashes - the doors have signs on them warning you not to trip over dog leashes when getting on or off.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Aug 4th, 2012 at 02:21:06 PM EST
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Running the SF ones without an operator would not be an improvement, though it would be 'newer'.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 4th, 2012 at 04:17:35 PM EST
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It wouldn't be as much fun either, because without an operator they couldn't have their famous bell ringing contest.
by sgr2 on Sat Aug 4th, 2012 at 04:43:04 PM EST
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Also you wouldn't be able to see the panic-stricken expression of the driver as he manipulates the antique controls while tourists walk right in front of the car.
by asdf on Mon Aug 6th, 2012 at 03:26:57 PM EST
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