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A view of cable cars in Ecatepec, Mexico, on Aug. 25, 2016. Dozens of murals were painted on buildings in a neighborhood in Ecatepec, on the route of a new cable car that started running in 2016. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
A view of cable cars in Ecatepec, Mexico, on Aug. 25, 2016. Dozens of murals were painted on buildings in a neighborhood in Ecatepec, on the route of a new cable car that started running in 2016. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

A suburb of Mexico City has built an aerial cable car to solve two intractable problems: traffic and crime.

Now commuters who had to brave Ecatepec's woes on the ground have another option. They can soar above the city to get where they need to go.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Carrie Kahn (@ckahn), NPR's international correspondent based in Mexico City.

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A view of cable cars over a neighborhood in Ecatepec, Mexico, on Aug. 25, 2016. (Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of cable cars over a neighborhood in Ecatepec, Mexico, on Aug. 25, 2016. (Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the aerial tram in Ecatepec. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)
A view of the aerial tram in Ecatepec. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson on the aerial tram in Ecatepec, with NPR's Carrie Kahn. (Courtesy Carrie Kahn)
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson on the aerial tram in Ecatepec, with NPR's Carrie Kahn. (Courtesy Carrie Kahn)

This segment aired on April 26, 2017.

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