THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE

Poma in Latin America


Projects in Colombia and Ecuador

In South America, aerial tramways are an integral part of the landscape and have been fully adopted. POMA has installed no less than twelve cableways in six cities in this part of the world. Now that urban mobility is a major challenge for cities, ropeways off er a solution that adapts to any terrain, crossing over any obstacle in the urban and rural landscape, without causing major urban blockages. It is also an energy effi cient, environmentally friendly and effi cient means of transport, guaranteeing optimized passenger fl ows.

Medellin has once again commissioned PoMA to install a 6th metrocable line. Photo: POMA

The 6th cableway line in Medellin


In Latin America, it has also enabled cities to strengthen the social cohesion of territories by linking historically marginalized sectors, as witnessed in particular by Medellin. The city has once again commissioned the French company to install a 6th metrocable line, for which construction has just begun. It will have two intermodal stations, one of which will connect the fi rst underground El Picacho line – also designed by POMA – to the metrocable. The cabins and stations are built in France, in the new Gilly-sur- Isère industrial site. The towers are manufactured on site and assembly are performed in Medellin.

First urban cableway in Guayaquil


Moreover POMA, associated with the SOFRATESA group, signed a 30-year concession contract for an investment of 134 million US-Dollar with the municipality of Guayaquil in the Republic of Ecuador to build the future urban gondola lift which will link downtown Guayaquil to downtown Duran, on the other bank of the Guayas River, along the Pacifi c coast.

 

Work has already begun for a scheduled commissioning during 2020. Located in the Republic of Ecuador, Guayaquil is the country’s economic capital and the most important port on the western coast of Latin America. Its population has reached 2.3 million inhabitants, with a metropolitan population of four million. The new cabin will connect downtown Guayaquil and Duran in just 17 minutes compared to about 45 minutes today by crossing the bridge, without pollution and in complete safety.

 

This aerial tramway line is 4.1 kilometers long with a capacity of 2,600 people per hour in each direction thanks to its 155 ten-passenger cabins. It will include three intermediate stations and 27 towers, eight of which will be located in the Guayas River, for 1.8 kilometers.

Patricia Cuevas


La Barquita Program Coordinator: “

 

Urban ropeways enable communities to connect historically marginalized sectors, in turn transforming, integrating and creating social cohesion for these territories.“