Mexico City launches first cable car line

Mexico City has launched its first cable car system for commuters.

The Cablebus serves the high and rugged area of Cuautepec, on the outskirts of the sprawling metropolis.

There will be five stations spread over nearly six miles, or about 9 kilometers, connecting local people to the metro system.

One local woman says the system will be a big help.

It will now be much easier to get her son to school, she says.

The first two stations were inaugurated by Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

She says the system is transformational for the poor neighbourhood:

''It's a public transportation system which not only reduces travelling times, it is a sustainable system because it has low environmental impact. In addition it is a transportation system that has a very high social content."

The system was developed by Austrian company Doppelmayr, which has built cable cars in 80 countries.

Each gondola can carry 10 people, though that's currently limited to six due to social distancing rules.

The Cablebus is expected to transport around 48,000 people per day in each direction.