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The situation is different with the cable car lines which link residential areas and mines. Riding these is completely free, but is also scarier. These cable cars are rustier and dustier, and are operated by one person on the lower and another on the upper point of the route, who exchange signals by bell to decide when the next cable car takes off. Generally, they wait for either the upper, or the lower car to fill with people, but when they see tourists, they often make an exception to that rule. These routes are also the place to encounter Georgian miners, going to or returning from work, chatting with friends, and asking you questions.