Northeast Ohio software company promotes cable car network be built over Cleveland
$200M project would connect Cleveland attractions
Joe Pagonakis, newsnet5.com
11:23 PM, Aug 11, 2013
4:49 AM, Aug 12, 2013
CLEVELAND - It's a bold idea that is capturing the attention of a growing number of northeast Ohio political, and business leaders.
The concept is called Cleveland Skylift, a proposal that calls for the construction of a cable car network that would fly passengers 150 feet above some of the cities greatest attractions.
The $200M is project is being led Jon Stahl and his Cleveland based LeanDog Software Studio.
The proposal includes 11 cable car stations that would transport passengers 150 feet above the Cleveland shoreline at speeds of up to 26 MPH, quickly connecting riders to a series of Cleveland hotspots.
"We get access to 28 parking lots that we couldn't get easy access to, to go to the Browns games," explained Stahl. "Getting to Voinovich Park and over to the east bank of the flats, we finally can solve that east to west bank connectivity problem. We can also tie into the casino, and three different parks including Edgewater."
Cleveland Skylift would also give passengers an on-board video, audio, and interactive digital experience.
"We actually call it transpertainment, so it's transportation and it's entertainment," said Stahl. "So we're software geeks, what we want to do is build this really cool, amazing in car experience. When you get in a car, based on who you are, and why you're in Cleveland, we can customize the content for you."
Stahl told NewsChannel5 the Cleveland Skylift project is gathering key support from groups like The Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Positively Cleveland, and Cleveland's RTA.
Stahl reports the current Cleveland Skylift business plan calls for the creation of 100 new northeast Ohio jobs.
Stahl also believes the cost to ride Cleveland Skylift can be kept reasonable, estimated at $3.50 for a station to station ticket, and just $7 for an all day pass.
The Cleveland Skylift project team is in the process of setting up an on-line indiegogo fundraising campaign, hoping it will generate $500K to support engineering studies, and detailed plans on how the project could become a reality.
"We think that with three to six months of analysis, we can really figure out what this thing would cost," explained Stahl. "We don't have all the answers right now."
More information, and virtual reality video on the Cleveland Skylift proposal can be found on it's
"Something this iconic can be used to maybe win one of the political conventions in 2016, or even the proposed great lakes expo," said Stahl.
"We think that anybody that sees this is going think wow that's pretty cool, and I'm wondering where in the heck that thing is going to go to next."