the 6th Metrocable line
The city of Medellín opened Metrocable’s 6th line, “Line P” (Picacho), in the presence of the Colombian President, on 10 June.
This new gondola lift is connected directly to the metro line A and has 4 stations spread over a 2700 metre-long line, connecting the north-west of Medellín to its city centre, over 344 meters of difference in altitude.
The line is equipped with eco-friendly, decarbonised technology and the country’s first DirectDrive® motor: a silent energy-efficient motor. It is a genuine overhead tram with 130 Diamond gondolas to ensure constant capacity with 10 seats and 2 standing places to meet the demands of peak-time traffic.
The gondolas, like their stations and their subassemblies, were manufactured in the POMA Group’s factories in France; the line structures were built on site in Medellín.
The future of urban transport is a real social and environmental issue and is at the heart of ongoing discussions among communities. The pioneering city of Medellín was the first municipality to use a new urban mobility solution by integrating an overhead ropeway line into its network in 2004. Metrocable’s first line, “Line K”, which is connected to the metro, created a link between the inhabitants and the city centre. This new urban mobility, made possible by the new lines, has reinforced the social cohesion in local areas by connecting sectors that had long been isolated.
After the success of this first gondola lift, Medellín continued to develop the “proyecto de Ciudad” city project by adding 5 other lines to the network: line J (2007), line L (2010), line H (2016), line M (2019) and finally line P (2021).
Open 7 days a week, 19 hours a day, the Metrocable provides the inhabitants of Medellín with a safe, fast and efficient mode of transport between the city centre and its outskirts. The network of cable cars now stretches over 14 kilometres, directly connected to the different lines of the Medellín Metro by multimodal stations. Each year, more than 220 million people use the city's transport system, demonstrating a successful social inclusion model that offers a new quality of life to the city's residents through social connections and increasingly attractive neighbourhoods.
Thanks to this sustainable mobility solution and its proven energy efficiency, air pollution has been cut for the inhabitants of Medellín. This is because the extent of the Metrocable transport system is such that it contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions and improves air quality by offering an alternative to road traffic.