Volume List  / Volume 12 (4)



DOI: 10.7708/ijtte2022.12(4).01

12 / 4 / 434-446 Pages


Giuliana Quattrone - National Council of Research CNR, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, UNICAL-Polifunziolane, Rende, Italy -

Le Chen - University for Foreigners Dante Alighieri, Via del Torrione 95, Reggio Calabria, Italy -


The urban accessibility and connectivity are enormously important factors to measure the convenience of life and the territorial liveability for residents, and they are also the most essential prerequisites for planning satellite cities in periphery near the metropolitan cities and for promoting satellite cities’ inclusive progression. Previously relative contributions demonstrated that although the metropolitan cities and their satellite cities are located quite close, but still existing the defeat of accessibility and connectivity. The article identified the need for improvements in innovating the way of eco-friendly mobility to realize the new generation green transportation under the context of all societies facing the dual pressure of environmental pollution and energy crisis. Therefore, the article presented a conceptual framework for connecting the boundary of the metropolitan cities and their satellite cities in the periphery. Through a qualitative analysis of the structure and composition, operation mechanism and the comparative advantages of the solar-powered aerial funicular and the case of Milan-Cusago, results from the research showed that it had potential as a new initiative for clean and green mode of urban mobility to further achieve accessibility and connectivity between the metropolitan cities and their satellite cities that contributes to transition for Smart Sustainable Cities.

Download Article

Number of downloads: 166


The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


Abelle, A. L. 2022. Feasibility study of cable car usage in Kampala city (Doctoral dissertation, Makerere University). 58 p. Available from Internet: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12281/12592.


Ahmed, S.; Bulut, R. 2021. Safety of Vulnerable Road Users (VRU's) in Light-Rail Transit (LRT) Environment (No. 20SAOSU06). Transportation Consortium of South-Central States. Available from Internet: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/61770.


Alaoui, F. T.; Fourati, H.; Kibangou, A.; Robu, B.; Vuillerme, N. 2021. Kick-scooters detection in sensor-based transportation mode classification methods, IFAC-PapersOnLine 54(2): 81-86.


Bocarejo, J. P.; Portilla, I. J.; Velásquez, J. M.; Cruz, M. N.; Peña, A.; Oviedo, D. R. 2014. An innovative transit system and its impact on low income users: the case of the Metrocable in Medellín, Journal of Transport Geography 39: 49-61.


Brand, P.; Davila, J. 2011. Aerial cable-car systems for public transport in low-income urban areas: lessons from Medellin, Colombia. 18 p.


Buehler, R. 2011. Determinants of transport mode choice: a comparison of Germany and the USA, Journal of transport geography 19(4): 644-657.


Buehler, R.; Pucher, J.; Gerike, R.; Götschi, T. 2017. Reducing car dependence in the heart of Europe: lessons from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Transport reviews 37(1): 4-28.


Chandra Mouli, G. R.; Van Duijsen, P.; Grazian, F.; Jamodkar, A., Bauer, P.; Isabella, O. 2020. Sustainable E-bike charging station that enables AC, DC and wireless charging from solar energy, Energies 13(14): 3549.


Chikaire, J.; Nnadi, F. N.; Nwakwasi, R. N.; Anyoha, N. O.; Aja, O. O.; Onoh, P. A.; Nwachukwu, C. A. 2010. Solar energy applications for agriculture, Journal of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences 2: 58-62.


Clewlow, R. R. 2016. Carsharing and sustainable travel behavior: Results from the San Francisco Bay Area, Transport Policy 51: 158-164.


Directorate General for Energy and Transport Clean transport and urban transport unit of European Commission. 25 September 2007. Green Paper "Towards a new culture for urban mobility". Available from Internet: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/MEMO_07_379.


Dovey, K.; Woodcock, I.; Pike, L. 2015. Intensifying Melbourne: transit-oriented urban design for resilient urban futures, Planning News 41(2): 10-11.


Fenta, T. M. 2014. Demands for urban public transportation in Addis Ababa, Journal of intelligent transportation and urban planning 2(3): 81-88.


Fields, B.; Renne, J. L. 2021. Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities: Transforming Streets to Address Climate Change. Routledge. USA. 264 p.


Fistola, R. 2011. The City from the Wire the Aerial Cable Transport for the Urban Mobility, TeMALab of Mobility, Land Use and Environment 4: 59-65.


Freire-Medeiros, B. 2015. ‘Peace, Love, and Fun’: An Aerial Cable Car and the Traveling Favela. In Julie Cidell and David Prytherch (Eds.), Transport, mobility, and the production of urban space (pp. 263-278). Routledge. USA. 320 p.


Garsous, G.; Suárez-Alemán, A.; Serebrisky, T. 2019. Cable cars in urban transport: travel time savings from La Paz-El Alto (Bolivia), Transport Policy 75: 171-182.


Google. 2022. Available from Internet: https://google.it.


Green Paper on urban mobility. 2007. Available from Internet: https://transport.ec.europa.eu/transport-themes/clean-transport-urban-transport/urban-mobility/green-paper-urban-mobility_en.


Hankey, S.; Lindsey, G.; Wang, X.; Borah, J.; Hoff, K.; Utecht, B.; Xu, Z. 2012. Estimating use of non-motorized infrastructure: Models of bicycle and pedestrian traffic in Minneapolis, MN, Landscape and Urban Planning 107(3): 307-316.


Heinonen, J.; Czepkiewicz, M.; Árnadóttir, Á.; Ottelin, J. 2021. Drivers of car ownership in a car-oriented city: A mixed-method study, Sustainability 13(2): 619.


Heinrichs, D.; Bernet, J. S. 2014. Public transport and accessibility in informal settlements: aerial cable cars in Medellín, Colombia, Transportation research procedia 4: 55-67.


Hoffmann, K.; Zrnić, N. 2012. A contribution on the history of ropeways. In Explorations in the History of Machines and Mechanisms (pp. 381-394). Springer, Netherlands. 594 p.


Hou, Y.; Vidu, R.; Stroeve, P. 2011. Solar energy storage methods, Industrial & engineering chemistry research 50(15): 8954-8964.


Hyltén-Cavallius, F. 2009. Taiyou Solar-Powered Cable Vehicle Concept. Available from Internet: http://www.solaripedia.com/13/127/taiyou_solar-powered_cable_vehicle_concept.html.


Istockphoto. 2022. Available from Internet: http://www.istockphoto.com.


Kjærup, M. 2021. Rural and Urban Mobility: Studying Digital Technology Use and Interaction. 110 p.


Koplowitz, S. 2022. On Site: Methods for Site-Specific Performance Creation. Oxford University Press, USA. 326 p.


Li, Z. S.; Zhang, G. Q.; Li, D. M.; Zhou, J.; Li, L. J.; Li, L. X. 2007. Application and development of solar energy in building industry and its prospects in China, Energy Policy 35(8): 4121-4127.


Lin, D.; Broere, W.; Cui, J. 2022. Underground space utilisation and new town development: Experiences, lessons and implications, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology 119: 104204.


Lodi, C.; Seitsonen, A.; Paffumi, E.; De Gennaro, M.; Huld, T.; Malfettani, S. 2018. Reducing CO2 emissions of conventional fuel cars by vehicle photovoltaic roofs, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 59: 313-324.


Matsuyuki, M.; Okami, S.; Nakamura, F.; Sarmiento-Ordosgoitia, I. 2020. Impact of aerial cable car in low-income area in Medellín, Colombia, Transportation Research Procedia 48: 3264-3282.


Metz, D. 2013. Peak car and beyond: the fourth era of travel, Transport Reviews 33(3): 255-270.


Newman, P. G.; Kenworthy, J. R. 1989. Cities and automobile dependence: An international sourcebook. Gower Publishing, USA. 388 p.


Newton, P. W.; Newman, P. W.; Glackin, S.; Thomson, G. 2022. Greening the Greyfields: New Models for Regenerating the Middle Suburbs of Low-Density Cities (p. 192). Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore. 207 p.


Robisson, B.; Guillemin, S.; Marchadier, L.; Vignal, G.; Mignonac, A. 2022. Solar Charging of Electric Vehicles: Experimental Results, Applied Sciences 12(9): 4523.


Saeidizand, P.; Fransen, K.; Boussauw, K. 2022. Revisiting Car dependency: A worldwide analysis of car travel in global metropolitan areas, Cities 120: 103467.


Samimi, A.; Zarinabadi, S.; Samimi, M. 2012. Solar energy application on environmental protection, International Journal of science and investigations 1(8): 21-24.


Sansaniwal, S. K.; Sharma, V.; Mathur, J. 2018. Energy and exergy analyses of various typical solar energy applications: A comprehensive review, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 82: 1576-1601.


Schwedes, O.; Otto-Zimmermann, K. 2021. The EcoMobileum: Experiencing the World of Environmentally Friendly Urban Mobility. doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0205.v2.


Sustainable Smart Cities. 2015. Available from Internet: https://unece.org/housing/sustainable-smart-cities.


Stylepark. 2010. Available from Internet: https://www.stylepark.com/en/news/rural-urban-interaction-the-harmonious-interaction-between-town-and-country.


Težak, S.; Sever, D.; Lep, M. 2016. Increasing the capacities of cable cars for use in public transport, Journal of Public Transportation 19(1): 1-16.


Tirachini, A. 2013. Estimation of travel time and the benefits of upgrading the fare payment technology in urban bus services, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 30: 239-256.


Tirachini, A. 2020. Ride-hailing, travel behaviour and sustainable mobility: an international review, Transportation 47(4): 2011-2047.


Tyagi, H.; Chakraborty, P. R.; Powar, S.; Agarwal, A. K. 2020. Introduction to Solar Energy: Systems, Challenges, and Opportunities. In Solar Energy (pp. 3-12). Springer, Singapore.


Vitale Brovarone, E.; Cotella, G. 2020. Improving rural accessibility: A multilayer approach, Sustainability 12(7): 2876.


Volker, J. M.; Handy, S. 2021. Economic impacts on local businesses of investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure: a review of the evidence, Transport reviews 41(4): 401-431.


Wang, X. 2010. Swiss Pavilion: Ride the local cable car through the city and countryside. Available from Internet: https://www.163.com/news/article/65TE9KNH00014AEE.html.


Yin, C.; Shao, C.; Wang, X. 2018. Built environment and parking availability: Impacts on car ownership and use, Sustainability 10(7): 2285.


Young, J. 2015. Infrastructure: Mass transit in 19th-and 20th-century urban America. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.28.


Zhou, F.; Zheng, Z.; Whitehead, J.; Perrons, R. K.; Washington, S.; Page, L. 2020. Examining the impact of car-sharing on private vehicle ownership, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 138: 322-341.