Aerial Tramway to Reopen with Changes

PALM SPRINGS — One of the most popular tourist destinations in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley — the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — will reopen Friday, Oct. 9 after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Aerial Tramway reopen with the first car up at 8:00 a.m. During the initial reopening phase, certain facilities will remain closed at the Valley and Mountain Stations—and the Tram will accommodate fewer guests, operating at less than 25% capacity.

Face coverings are required at both Valley and Mountain Stations, and while aboard tram cars (gaiters and masks with vents are not allowed). Also, there will be a temperature check for all patrons upon entrance to the Valley Station.

Here are some of the changes you expect to see and experience at the Aerial Tramway:

  • Reduced capacity on tram cars and in the Valley and Mountain Stations.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of all public areas and on contact surfaces.
  • Tram cars cleaned between each trip with electrostatic sanitization. In addition, antimicrobial tape has been wrapped around all handrails. And tram car windows remain open during all trips to improve ventilation.
  • Plexiglas partitions installed between staff and guests, wherever possible.
  • Hand sanitizer stations placed at all entrances and throughout the Valley
    and Mountain Stations.

While the the Aerial Tramway management has reduced the capacity of its tram cars, they cannot
provide 6 feet of social distancing. Guests are encouraged to keep space between other groups of people not travelling with them.

At the Valley Station, the Tramway History Museum, Cascade Patio and the Tram View patio are open. The Valley Station Gift Shop and Cascade Café will remain closed during this phase of the reopening.

At the Mountain Station, the Mountain Station Gift Shop, Desert View Terrace, Santa Rosa Theater and the Natural History Museum are open. Peaks Restaurant, Lookout Lounge and San Jacinto Theater will remain closed during this phase of reopening. Sandwiches, salads and beverages are available for purchase at Pines Café. Click here for further details.

On average, 3,500 people per day visit the Aerial Tramway during the holidays and as many as 1,500 to 2,000 on regular weekdays and weekends.

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