- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Sandia Peak Tramway got a new set of wheels for its 50th anniversary of providing transportation high above the Sandia Foothills.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry were among the officials who helped unveil two new tram cars during a special ceremony Saturday.

CWA Switzerland, which built the original cars as well as tram cars installed during the 20th anniversary, built the new ones.

The new tram cars were christened with the smashing of a champagne bottle.

Officials say the new cars are roomier.

Visitors can take the tram cars from the foothills on the edge of Albuquerque for a 2.7-mile ride that ends at the top of Sandia Peak, approximately 10,300 feet above sea level.

The attractions include a ski area, overlook and hiking trails.

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