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Cuts commute time by 20 minutes.     Photo: ANF Noticias Fides/YouTube

World's Highest Gondola Open

Commute to work at 13,615 feet

The first portion of the world's highest gondola officially opened yesterday at 13,615 feet, from La Paz to El Alton, Bolivia. A commute that took Bolivians some half an hour by congested roadway now cuts travel time to about 10 minutes.

Scheduled for completion in September, the urban lift system from Austrian company Dopplemayr will span six miles, transport 18,000 commuters per hour, operate 17 hours a day, and cost $234 million.