I have never seen a gondola lift (one with enclosed cabins with doors) that has doors on the side facing the cable going in the other direction. They always seem to have doors only on the side facing away from the other direction, never on both sides or always facing the middle. I wonder why this is, as this means it is impossible to have island platforms, which could be useful in saving space in some places.

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    because it is usually not needed, and it adds more moving part, and increase the risk of breakdown. anyway not related to travel. – Max Nov 14 '16 at 21:26
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not related to travel. – mts Nov 14 '16 at 22:10
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    I know many cases of cable cars with doors on both sides and island platforms. – JoErNanO Nov 15 '16 at 0:02
  • Right, there are any number of doors on both sides. – Fattie Nov 16 '16 at 17:36

The cable cars used on Grouse Mountain, BC, has doors on both sides.

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    This should be a comment, not an answer. – Willeke Nov 14 '16 at 21:48
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    @Willeke why? It shows no explanation is necessary since the configuration does exist. – Moo Nov 14 '16 at 21:51

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