Palm Springs Aerial Tramway reopens

Tram reopens after 46 day closure

After over a month the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway reopens

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - Following a near two-month closure and almost $4 million in repair costs and lost revenue, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway reopened Monday at 10 AM.

"We're delighted to welcome people back's been a long six weeks," said Greg Purdy, Vice President Marketing & Public Affairs of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

The tramway has been closed since a Feb. 14 storm saturated the area and washed out some streets, including Tramway Road, the main route to the aerial attraction.

The box office opened at 9:30AM. and the first car left around 9:45AM. Online ticket sales will resume April 8, tramway officials say.

"While the tramway was on track for record attendance in fiscal year 2018-19, it is estimated that nearly 100,000 visitors were displaced due to the 46-day closure," spokeswoman Cara Youngman said. "The tram also estimates that the incident resulted in almost $4 million in repair costs and lost ticket 

In addition to the washed-out roadway, the rain caused damage to the attraction's main power line, along with the Valley Station water tank and Mountain Station roof, Youngman said.

Last month, the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority approved $351,071 to fund identified repairs, while also setting aside up to $500,000 for other potential repairs, engineering and inspections, at the discretion of the general manager. The authority also approved $300,000 to continue paying the tramway's roughly 70 employees through April 1.

"We truly look forward to welcoming back tram visitors," Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols said. "Also, I wish to extend a sincere thank you to the entire Tramway staff for their efforts during our closure. And I'd like to offer a special thanks to our maintenance department for their tireless repair efforts and to our security department for their gracious greeting at our entry gate of disappointed patrons."

The tramway is billed as the world's largest rotating tram car and was opened in 1963. It carries visitors 2-and-a-half miles, a trip that takes about 10 minutes.

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