2,100 out of the 32,000 students and 4,200 members of staff use Polinka daily. Around 900 tourists and locals join them in making use of the compact cable car built by INAUEN-SCHÄTTI. Two 15-seat cabin shuttles, each running along its own cable, travel back and forth between two stations. This compact cable car has a transport capacity of 360 persons per hour and covers the 373-meter-route in just two minutes.
Before the cable car, students and university employees had to take a twenty-minute detour across a bridge. This disturbed the teaching and research activity schedules. “A direct connection was absolutely necessary. But building a bridge or a tunnel was for us, as a university, not financially or legally feasible,” explains Thadeusz Więckowski, who commissioned the cableway in 2013 as the University’s rector. The idea came to Więckowski in 2012 when he was skiing in Austria. He quickly won over the university committee to this atypical transport solution.
“At first, there was resistance from the authorities and big discussions going on in the media, but now, the politicians complain when Polinka happens to be out of operation,” smiles Więckowski. The transit route and the station locations were determined by the university. A tender was launched and INAUEN-SCHÄTTI, in cooperation with DOPPELMAYR, were awarded the contract.
“A double motor- and brake system, as well as an integrated rescue system allowing the cabins to return to the station at any time, guarantee Polinka’ s safety,” describes Galas. The manager is evidently proud of his Polinka: “The cable car is a great idea, I can recommend it.” ts