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The Poma 2000 in Laon, France, was an automated guideway transit, a cable-driven people mover which ran between the railway station and the city hall (1.5 km, max. gradient 13%, descending 100 m).

Poma 2000
Locale Laon
Transit type People mover
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 3
Daily ridership 2500
Began operation 4 February 1989
Ended operation 27 August 2016
Number of vehicles 4
System length 1.5 km (0.9 mi)



The system opened in 1989, replacing a former tram line (1899–1971), that used a rack for braking but not propulsion. There were three stations. The cars ran on rubber tyres on a metallic track at a 2.5 min headway. Four vehicles were used by the system, and each of them could carry 33 passengers at a maximum speed of 35 km/h. The maximum capacity was 900 passengers/hour, and most recent ridership before is closure was about 1500 passengers/day.[1]

The system ran every day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and every day in Summer. Going from the station Gare to the station Hôtel de Ville took 3.5 min.

Citing €19 million maintenance costs and rising local taxes, the Agglomeration Community of Pays de Laon ended the service on 27 August 2016.[1][2]


Geographically accurate map of the Poma 2000.


  1. ^ a b Haydock, David (February 2017). "Laon's Poma 2000 closes". Today's Railways Europe (254). Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "The end of the POMA 2000 Laon". Funimag. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 

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