Hi Alpenrose -
Thanks for the link about the funicular.
<<" Diese Direktverbindung Luzern-Bürgenstock soll Ende August starten.">>
It looks like I might be able to have lunch at Hammetschwand in September without going up the back way. Hope it is not too crowded at the beginning of the new service.
For rockoyster -
We now have a better estimate of the capacity per day. I recall an earlier thread in which some very large number was presented, in a rather "optimistic" fashion.
<<"So today we met a very nice lady on the Spreuerbrücke. She was a volunteer with the Luzern Tourism organisation. We had a long chat about all things Swiss. I asked her what she thought of the new resort project and she was very positive. She assured us that once the construction was finished and the cranes have gone and the trees have grown that it would blend in quite well. She had done a tour of the building site and the project management people had convinced her that the development was intended for all people not just the rich and famous. A new ferry service will connect Luzern to the funicular and they are targeting a mind-boggling 100,000 visitors a day.">>
The cars hold 56 people. Assume 6 trips per hour, all at capacity, which may be a slight bit optimistic. 336 riders per hour. Lets go for 24 hours per day. 8,064 per day. In a leap year with 366 days. 2.95 million per year.
How much should we dial that back for light usage at night, partial cars.....?
Now it is guesswork. Each of those numbers surely would be dialed back quite a bit, especially during off hours.
What do you guess?
100,000 per year is certainly not unreasonable for the funicular.
How about the boat?
The other link above about the ferry gives those data -
Up to 18 hours per day, 1 trip per hour, 300 passengers at capacity- or, 5400 per day. 5400 times 366 days per leap year gives about 1.98 million per year capacity. Usage ? Surely a lot less.
And, at 300 people per boat the funicular would have to make 5.35 trips per hour to get them all up there before the next boat. That seems to be the bottleneck.
I think that the lady from Swiss Tourism was talking about 100,000 visitors per year.
By the way, I assumed the funicular would be the old kind with a car at each end of the string. I wonder if this one will have a single car per cable and a big spool at the top? Either way, those passengers who go up must come back down, for the most part.