The city of Santo Domingo inaugurates its new urban aerial tramway line, the fastest in the world. The monocable system criss-crosses the sky over a 4.2-km stretch and serves four stations, offering a perfect soft mobility solution between the city centre and the suburbs.
Fitting seamlessly into the city's multi-modal public transport network, the new line is a wonderful asset for the 400,000 people who live in the western part of the Dominican capital, linking up the Los Alcarrizos neighbourhood with metro line 2. The second line built by POMA lets residents of the capital's western suburbs cross dense, highly congested areas that are an obstacle to reaching the city centre.
Line 2 of the “Teleferico Santo Domingo” stretches over 4.2 km, with four stations connecting over 23 neighbourhoods to the west of the capital. A single ticket valid for the city's entire transport network lets passengers board one of the 157 cabins criss-crossing the Dominican sky, and travel to the city centre quickly, reliably and comfortably, via a public transport corridor accessible to everyone: a brilliant alternative to one-hour-plus journeys by car or bus on heavily congested roads.
The capacity of 4500 passengers per hour means that this area’s residents can now reach the city centre more quickly, taking one of the 160 12-place cabins that pass over the urban obstacles at a speed of 7 m/s. This is a world first in urban ropeway transportation !
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The T2 line in Santo Domingo isthe 1st urban aerial cable car to operate at a speed of 7 m/s!
Development of Dominican transports
In keeping with its strategy for the development of rapid public transport, in 2018 the Dominican capital decided to install a 5 km urban gondola lift system. This solution was designed to answer the many challenges of sustainable mobility – heavy traffic, increasing congestion, urban gridlock. Operated by the subsidiary POMA RD, this first line now connects the north-east zone to the city centre in only 20 minutes via its connection with line 2 of the metro. Line 1 of the “Teleférico Santo Domingo”, with its 195 10-seater cabins, connects more than 23 districts. It provides transport for 3,000 people per hour, in each direction, crossing the Ozama River twice.
An intermodal mobility solution
To meet a global enhanced mobility, the cable car is connected via the first station to the metro, which is just being extended. As an intermodal hub, the station has been designed as a large new district centre, whereas the three other stations are kept as simple as possible, as they are located directly in densely populated residential areas.
A third line under construction
POMA is currently installing the country’s third urban aerial tramway line, construction work having begun in autumn 2021 in Santiago de los Caballeros – part of the drive to boost urban development in the country’s second largest city. A soft and sustainable mobility service accessible to all is at the heart of the project and will include a monorail, bicycles, electric buses and a 12-seater gondola lift covering a stretch of nearly 4 km. The Santiago de los Caballeros gondola lift will be the 3rd POMA line built in just six years in the Dominican Republic, making cable transportation the symbol of innovative and virtuous mobility to boost the country’s development.
A system in symbiosis with its environment
In terms of design, the new cable car is similar to its sister line. It remains simple, attractive building architecture coupled with gondolas in the national colours blue, white and red, as for the national flag. There are few opportunities to get a view over Santo Domingo, hence the cable car becomes an unforgettable experience for tourists.
A project supported by Agence Française de Développement
In 2020, with the support of the AFD, manager of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), the “Mobilise Your City” programme resulted in a second “Teleférico” line. This new line will be 4.2 km long in the north-eastern part of the city. A single ticket is still all passengers need to travel across the whole city-wide network, with the new line accessible to 395,000 residents via 4 stations.
Aerovia in pictures
They talk about it
Los Alcarrizos de Santo Domingo
“With this new aerial tramway line, the aim is to pursue a process of transformation and social cohesion across the city and its suburbs, by providing safe, respectable public transport that fits perfectly with other local mobility solutions, providing residents of historically marginalised neighbourhoods such as Los Alcarrizos with access to the city centre and greater integration. With this cable transportation line, along with all the work undertaken to modernise and extend the current transport network, we expect to see a profound transformation in terms of mobility across the entire city, in every way. Mobility will be more efficient, greener, faster, more accessible and more enjoyable.”
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