AP PHOTOS: Georgia cable car network makes for wild commute

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, a local man looks through a window of a rusted cable car riding over the Georgian city of Chiatura, abou

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, a local man looks through a window of a rusted cable car riding over the Georgian city of Chiatura, abou

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a cable car is seen above the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125 miles) from Tbilis

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a cable car is seen above the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125 miles) from Tbilis

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, a Georgian women takes a photo though a cable car's window in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 20

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, a Georgian women takes a photo though a cable car's window in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 20

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, a view of the gorge from a cable car with a soviet era emergency telephone set and buttons in the Geo

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, a view of the gorge from a cable car with a soviet era emergency telephone set and buttons in the Geo

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, local residents talk to each other as they ride in a cable car in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 2

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, local residents talk to each other as they ride in a cable car in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 2

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, local people and a tourist wait at a a cable car station decorated with a graffiti of a Georgian miner i

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, local people and a tourist wait at a a cable car station decorated with a graffiti of a Georgian miner i

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, people near a cable car's station in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125 miles)

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, people near a cable car's station in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125 miles)

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, two Georgian miners walk inside the very old manganese plant after riding a cable car, in the Georgia

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, two Georgian miners walk inside the very old manganese plant after riding a cable car, in the Georgia

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, two cable cars move over an abandoned mine building in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilom

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, two cable cars move over an abandoned mine building in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilom

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, Anzor, a manganese plant worker who uses a cable car to get to his place of work, is reflected in a m

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, Anzor, a manganese plant worker who uses a cable car to get to his place of work, is reflected in a m

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, children play at a broken fountain with rusted parts of a cable car's system next to a cable car stati

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, children play at a broken fountain with rusted parts of a cable car's system next to a cable car stati

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, local residents wait to ride a cable car at a its station the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 ki

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, local residents wait to ride a cable car at a its station the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 ki

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, two cable cars move across two mountains in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, two cable cars move across two mountains in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a local man gets out of a cable car at a station in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometer

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a local man gets out of a cable car at a station in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometer

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a cable car moves between two buildings over a street in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilo

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a cable car moves between two buildings over a street in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilo

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a cable car travels, in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125 miles) from Tbilisi,

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a cable car travels, in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 kilometers ( 125 miles) from Tbilisi,

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, an operator takes off his shirt working inside a cable car station in the Georgian city of Chiatura, a

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, an operator takes off his shirt working inside a cable car station in the Georgian city of Chiatura, a

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, a cow walks inside the soviet style dilapidated building of the Palace of Pioneers near a cable car s

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, a cow walks inside the soviet style dilapidated building of the Palace of Pioneers near a cable car s

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, a cable car moves between two mountains during a sun rise in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 ki

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, a cable car moves between two mountains during a sun rise in the Georgian city of Chiatura, about 200 ki

CHIATURA, Georgia (AP) — The rusted, battered cable cars that hang hundreds of feet above the Georgian city of Chiatura might be the world's scariest way to commute.

Chiatura, with about 20,000 people, is wedged between steep mountains that hold valuable deposits of manganese. The miners who worked to separate the metal from the mountains during the 20th century complained that their steep walk to work was wearying,

In 1954, when Georgia was part of the Soviet Union, authorities built a network of cable cars leading to the mines and some of the housing developments that crawled up the foothills and slopes.

Seventeen of the lines remain in operation, most of them badly aged. The gondolas are battered. Some of the stations where the cars start and end are in semi-ruin, with chunks of masonry missing and their Soviet-era decorations fading.

But if the 64-year-old transit system looks like a wild ride to an outsider, Chiatura's people seem to take the creaking cars and precipitous drops in stride. The sweeping views and creaking equipment get less attention from some regular passengers than what's popping up on smartphones.