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900 Stranded Atop Mountain as Tramway Breaks Down

900 Stranded Atop Mountain as Tramway Breaks Down

900 Stranded Atop Mountain as Tramway Breaks Down

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was able to restart operations and safely transport everyone down the mountain.

Approximately 900 people were stranded on a mountain overlooking the Coachella Valley when the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway experienced technical difficulties.

The famed tramway experienced a battery-related issue Sunday afternoon, shutting down operations for several hours and leaving hundreds of passengers stranded on the side of Mt. San Jacinto, according to a report in

"Our maintenance team was able to use one tramcar to begin bringing guests down from the Mountain Station,” Madison Morgan, public relations manager for the tramway, said in a statement.

The tramway restarted operations Sunday afternoon using a single car at around 1:30 p.m. and all passengers were safely transported down the mountain by 9:30 p.m.

“We wish to thank our patrons for their patience and understanding,” Morgan said in a statement Monday. "Guests who were affected by the technical difficulties yesterday and today are more than welcome to request a full refund on their tickets on behalf of the tramway."

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway opened in September 1963 and is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It travels over 2.5 miles from the desert floor in Palm Springs to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. The tram passes through five different biozones during the trip. The floors of the cars rotate twice during the 12-minute ride to the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet above sea level.

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