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. The system was 1.5 km (0.93 mi) long with a maximum gradient of 13% and an elevation change of 100 metres (330 ft).
|Transit type||People mover|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||3|
|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 (22 mph). The maximum capacity was 900 passengers/hour, and most recent ridership before its closure was about 1500 passengers/day.
The system ran every day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and every day in Summer. A complete journey on the line from Gare to Hôtel de Ville took 3.5 min.
- Haydock, David (February 2017). "Laon's Poma 2000 closes". Today's Railways Europe. No. 254. Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. p. 16.
- "The end of the POMA 2000 Laon". Funimag. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
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