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.
Duran, on the opposite bank of the Guayas river, has tripled its population over twenty years to more than 250,000 inhabitants, the vast majority of whom work in Guayaquil, the economic capital of Ecuador. The only bridge linking the two cities is saturated with traffic every day, despite five lanes in each direction.
To address this mobility issue, and to propose an alternative solution for crossing the estuary that could be implemented quickly, the municipality was won over by urban ropeway transportation, of which there are many models in South America!
Aerovia is a 100% horizontal gondola lift that is 4 km long and carries 40,000 passengers per day in its 154 ten-seater cabins, avoiding a 45-minute trip by car.
Difference in altitude
jusqu’à 2 600 personnes/h
Number of stations
Number of cabines
Number of passengers
for the project
overhead inter-urban link
Guayaquil has joined the club of metropolises equipped with a POMA urban ropeway transportation system.
In addition to design and construction, POMA has been working alongside its partner SOFRATESA for gondola lift maintenance and operation for almost 30 years.
A concession-based model that heralds a new stage in the evolution of our business and customer support.
Beyond transportation, Aerovia has been designed to blend into the city and the life of its inhabitants. In Guayaquil, the three stations are located at strategic sites: on the Malecon Simon Bolivar at the edge of the river, at Julian Coronel park which serves as a hub for the city buses, and finally, on Quito avenue near the Centennial park, right in the city centre.
Local services will be made available, as well as shops, restaurants and banks on the different floors of the stations.
This gondola lift was a technological challenge from the start, in particular the securing of the support posts for the seven towers a few dozen metres under water in the Guayas river.
Aerovia in pictures
They talk about it
As massive urbanisation grows throughout the world, sustainable overhead transport solutions are redesigning the face of urban mobility. This project in Guayaquil is a perfect example: an overhead solution that passes easily and quickly over the Guayas river and the traffic jams in the city centre, and a sustainable decarbonised means of public transport.
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