3S Aerial tramway • Téléo
More than 8,000 passengers will board the cabins of the Téléo tricable ropeway every day. Part of the Toulouse Agglomeration’s transport network, it crosses a river and travels over a hill to link three major hubs of activity in the south of Toulouse: the University Cancer Institute, Rangueil Hospital and Paul Sabatier University.
In France's aeronautical capital, an overhead mobility solution is right at home!
Téléo is part of the city's public transport network, covering almost 3 kilometres in 10 minutes to connect Rangueil Hospital, the Oncopole and Paul Sabatier University, all major hubs of activity in Toulouse employing 85,000 people.
Eagerly awaited by its 8,000 daily users, it eases traffic in the south of the city, in connection with three metro train lines.
Ropeway transportation was selected because it is the most appropriate solution for adapting perfectly to the terrain of the line—the ropeway crosses the Garonne river and travels over Pech David hill—and “detachable 3S” POMA technology was chosen for its excellent capacity to withstand the wind and its minimal requirements for ground space.
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urban aerial ropeway
With its 3-kilometre line between the Oncopole and Paul Sabatier University—two of the city’s main areas of activity—Téléo is the longest urban ropeway in France
Téléo connects to the existing metro and bus lines in the south of the agglomeration and interlaces with the public transport network. Its transport capacity is capable of growing according to the needs of the inhabitants of Toulouse, by adding new carriers to reach a capacity of 2000 pphpd.
The carbon footprint of ropeway transportation is very low (30 times less than for cars), by virtue of its lightweight infrastructure combined with 100% electric motorisation and energy options. Téléo is a model of decarbonised eco-mobility.
Pininfarina, the famous designer for Ferrari, created the look for Toulouse’s “Urban Symphony” cabins. Onboard the Symphony you can find optimum comfort for 34 passengers, who will appreciate the peace and quiet as well as the breath-taking view of the Pyrenees!
The passenger route has been optimised to ensure accessibility for all passengers and the interior layout of the cabins was submitted to and approved by the association CARUT, a representative body of urban transport users with disabilities.
Moreover, with their wide openings and the carriers stopping in the stations, boarding is easier for everyone, including passengers with equipment (wheelchairs, pushchairs, bicycles, etc.).
Reduced ground requirements
3S technology has a remarkable advantage in urban environments: its limited requirement for land and its visual impact. Stations can be off the ground and very compact, and only a small number of towers are installed. Despite being 3 kilometres long, the ropeway in Toulouse requires only five towers.
Téléo in pictures
POMA Urban references
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
Géorgie – Chiatura – 2020
To retrofit its urban overhead transport system, the city of Chiatura chose POMA. Four small urban ropeways, developed specifically to satisfy the needs in terms of capacity and the constraints regarding distances, have replaced some (very) old Russian ropeways.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
Airtram New York
USA – New York – 2010
With the installation of this ultra-modern aerial tramway, POMA has provided New Yorkers with the most advanced technology in urban ropeway transportation. It is 960 m long and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan in just three minutes, passing over the East River in great comfort with unique views of New York through the huge windows on both cabins.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