Urban Gondola Lift
Ropeway passengers transportation systems in cities require more than just reliability. POMA offers a high-performance modular design solution that can be integrated to a global transport network with its constraints using angle stations and rope loops of different lengths, while remaining 100% synchronised for optimal continuity of service.
Experience in urban gondola lifts is embedded in POMA’s DNA with installations that have already accumulated over 100,000 operating hours, operated by POMA group teams or teams trained by our professional experts.
The different configurations of the urban gondola lift satisfy the requirements of locations in the heart of cities. They blend into the skyline and require little ground space. They include energy options that promote sustainable mobility with reduced noise emissions and provide services for passengers. The design of the stations and cabins takes all the public’s expectations into account and its urban type operating system, for intensive use all year round, includes additional solutions for comfort, lighting and safety (surveillance cameras, communication functions, etc.) in order to operate at night and rise to all the challenges of a highly efficient connected transport system.
of the Urban Gondola Lift
Roller batteries designed for intensive use,
with specially adapted maintenance
LCI roller batteries are designed for 30 years in operation, with appropriate maintenance for intensive use. R&D has reduced the pressure on the rings, thus further extending the life of the roller battery pins. The maintenance plan is therefore lighter and enables the pins to be reused for 30 years of service.
Overhead and underground
Very long spans of communication lines can be problematic in operation. POMA recommends underground solutions whenever possible, but we have developed communication solutions for when the terrain is unsuitable, using carrying ropes for spans of over 600 m.
reduced energy consumption,
DirectDrive® is a technology that surpasses traditional motor-and-gearbox machinery. With less friction, there is less noise and less energy required for the same level of power. With 4, 6 or 8-drive technology, the DirectDrive® delivers vastly superior availability than a double motor, for a similar investment
Line video surveillance, lighting for night-time operation, wind speed readings, double wind direction measurement, maintenance video, line loudspeakers; all POMA solutions satisfy these customer expectations and can adapt to regulations the world over. The line structures incorporate these advanced optional multiple features.
Safely postpone work
on the safety line
Availability is a major factor that is built into all POMA systems. The double safety line makes it possible to fix any line wiring failure within a fraction of a second, by continuing operation with the second safety line.
Based on an experience built up in partnership with its customers, POMA’s operation sites and the union of French operators, POMA has developed a set of educational and specialised resources, such as e-learning lessons, targeted assessments, and immersive 3D tools that are unique in the world, available on the exclusive UPILOT® online platform. With UPILOT®, teams can acquire, certify and maintain all the skills necessary to ensure the safety and availability of the ropeway system in record time without any downtime.
The safety of your line technicians
The PROTEC remote control allows you to drive the installation from the maintenance platform during the maintenance phase. This high-performance system has been up and running at many operating sites for several years. It ensures top-notch safety, while respecting the most demanding regulations in the world.
to simplify maintenance
The load simulation system comes as standard with POMA. The need to actually load the ropeway to perform a dynamic test is now a thing of the past. All of our ropeways are equipped with a load simulation function which can check correct performance, after working on the brakes in particular. It saves time and reduces risks for technicians, and so ensures effective maintenance.
Interior design specific
to urban transport
Efficiency and robustness coupled with aesthetic design and comfort; all of our interiors are customisable.
Switch your safety line
to automatic mode to ensure availability
The double safety line ensures continuity of operation. If a false positive is detected, safety line 1 automatically switches to Monitoring 2 within a fraction of a second, without slowing or stopping the line as is the case when manually switched. Technicians can intervene without disrupting the transport network, and system availability is not affected.
An ultra-compact solution for
a station requiring very little space
POMA offers solutions for ultra-compact stations. It is possible to configure a 10-seater gondola lift for small spaces (under 20 m in length) or for a narrow layout. Our compact solutions make it possible for 10- and 12-seater cabins to travel through minimal spaces, at a speed of 4 to 6 m/s.
Inductive line safety with
the Cable Positioning System
The Cable Positioning System (CPS) technology is capable of providing information about the position of the rope, detecting the initiation of a movement in a fraction of a second, even before the movement takes place. Coupled in a double line with conventional technology, the CPS is an indispensable tool for peace of mind on higher-risk installations. In addition to its rope-location function, it has enabled POMA to develop the latest generation of roller batteries that require no greasing, such as the LP20 EVO.
for seamless integration of stations into buildings
POMA has solutions to facilitate the integration of a station in a building and seal off its mechanics. The wood and honeycomb undersides provide simple interfaces for architects. They are then able to give expression to all the design and visual potential of the installation, in harmony with its environment.
Double backup, peace of mind
with a complementary safety system
Each system is equipped with a standard solution including a main hydraulic motor and a backup. POMA’s “double backup” device offers an additional solution for bringing a carrier back to the station, and total peace of mind.
Siemens Safety Integrated inside:
the best safety PLC in your POMA system
POMA uses the best technologies for its systems; The SIEMENS safety PLC combines performance with worldwide component availability. This SIEMENS solution includes many diagnostic functions to detect any possible internal failure of the hardware or firmware, so that a failure of the PLC does not cause any “hazardous” situations.
All our references
of Urban Gondola Lifts
Citadel of Namur gondola lift
Belgique – Namur – 2021
In Namur, Belgium, the ropeway connects the city centre to the Citadel Esplanade, flying over the river Sambre and the ramparts. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the experience of a silent trip with a breathtaking viewpoint. An ecological mode of travel, it blends harmoniously into its environment, by virtue of its modern architecture that respects the uniqueness of the site, and discreet line structures.Read
Equateur – Guayaquil – ongoing project
In order to improve the flow of daily traffic between Duran and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic capital, and offer an alternative solution for crossing the estuary, the local authorities have opted for ropeway transportation. Ecuador’s first urban gondola lift links Duran and Guayaquil, providing fast, smooth travel throughout the transport network for 40,000 passengers a day.Read
Algeria – Tizi Ouzou – 2019
POMA has developed a three-section aerial transport line with a total length of 5 km consisting of two gondola lifts and an aerial ropeway in Tizi Ouzou, a town located 100 km from Algiers.Read
Réunion Island – Saint Denis – 2020
A Saint-Denis de la Réunion, POMA construit le premier metrocable de l’Océan Indien. Il offre un mode de déplacement sûr, rapide, et silencieux, permettant de relier des quartiers stratégiques et de mieux desservir le territoire.Read
Colombia – Pereira – Project in progress
Pereira Megacable is the first urban gondola lift to be 100% integrated into the public transport system of the city of Pereira. It is also the first lift in the country to be equipped with a DirectDrive®.Read
Russia – Nizhny Novgorod – 2011
La première télécabine urbaine en Russie permet aux habitants de Nijni Novgorod de se rendre quotidiennement dans la ville industrielle de Bor, en traversant le plus grand fleuve d’Europe par les airs.Read
M Line – Metrocable
Colombia – Medellín – 2019
Lien social et économique, le Metrocable de Medellin est l’emblème d’une ville en mouvement. La 5e ligne de métrocâble a pris son envol début 2019 afin d’étendre son réseau de transport public, au service d’une mobilité durable et douce.Read
K line – Metrocable
Colombia – Medellín – 2004
This urban gondola lift incorporated into a public transport system was a world first and quickly became a model for many large cities in terms of sustainable transportation and social inclusion. With the Metrocable, the city was gradually transformed, connecting the different neighbourhoods and their inhabitants.Read
J line – Metrocable
Colombia – Medellín – 2007
In 2007, Metrocable’s second line initiated the urbanisation of an area to the west of the city. Unlike its predecessor, line K, the objective of commissioning line J was to support urban development in that area, rather than to bring the highly populated neighbourhood out of any kind of isolation.Read
Bab el Oued
Algeria – Algiers – 2018
In Algiers, the urban gondola lift linking the Bab el Oued district to Zghara, via the middle station of Village Céleste, not only makes it easier for the 6.7 million inhabitants of the capital to get around, but also helps to bring the hilltop village of Zghara out of isolation.Read
Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo – 2018
The oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo, has a modern public transport system; the first Caribbean urban gondola lift line! 195 cabins criss-cross the sky and provide a connection between Line 2 of the metro and the north-eastern zone, twice crossing over the Ozama river.Read