Mechanical problems temporarily shut down the tram



Mechanical problems temporarily block the world’s largest rotating tramway

PALM SPRINGS – Due to mechanical issues, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will remain closed until Saturday, October 16 with a scheduled reopening at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 17.

According to Tramway Systems Vice President Chris Bartsch, “We have isolated the cause of yesterday’s unexpected emergency brake activation and are making the necessary adjustments and testing, which we expect will be completed on Saturday.”

Additional updates will be provided if this schedule changes.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest rotating streetcar in the world, had just reopened on October 11, 2021 after its annual shutdown for maintenance.

Projects completed this year included repositioning track cables; change the dangling ropes and the covers and rings of the dangling rope pulleys; and comprehensive mechanical and electrical testing of Tramway systems.

“Customer safety is always our number one concern at the light rail,” said General Manager Nancy Nichols in a prepared statement, “and our annual maintenance shutdown is essential to ensure that.”

During this year’s shutdown, one of the track cables was repositioned, which is done every 12 years to facilitate even wear, Tramway Systems vice president Chris Bartsch said at the closure of the tram in September. The crews also changed the dangling ropes, as well as the coatings and bushings of the dangling rope pulleys. Finally, they carried out the complete annual mechanical and electrical tests of the tram on numerous tram systems.

The Tramway regrets the inconvenience this closure causes to our visitors, said officials responsible for the current mechanical problems.

Opened in 1963, the 80-passenger tram carriages travel the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon from Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet) to Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) in about 10 minutes. For more information, please call 888.515.TRAM or 760.325.1391, or visit us at


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  • Streetcar: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway



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