Operators of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tried to find a helicopter to lift a mechanic up Mt. San Jacinto when two tram cars carrying 53 people became stuck, but no private, government or military helicopter could be obtained, the tram's president said.
Tram officials said Thursday that they were looking to develop closer ties with local police or military bases in case of a similar emergency, although they said that was highly unlikely.
"Because it happened doesn't mean it's going to be happening again," said Rob Parkins, the tramway president and general manager.
He said the tramway would attempt to arrange emergency contacts with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms for quick assistance.