Monorail system mooted.
The plan is one of several options being considered by Gateshead Council as part of a bid to the Government for major transport funding.
Members of the council's cabinet have shortlisted two priorities for transport improvement - the East Gateshead corridor and quays access.
Several options are being considered for improving access to the quays, including a pedestrian bridge over the Oakenwellgate junction, a monorail or a cablecar.
A report to the cabinet states that a cable or monorail link would have benefits as part of the wider attractions in the quays area.
The cabinet has now asked officers to begin looking at possible sources of funding for such a project.
Councillors are also considering park and ride sites close to the Felling by-pass, bus lanes on the by-pass and a bus-only road between Heworth and the quays.