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).
|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. The maximum capacity was 900 passengers/hour, and most recent ridership before is 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. 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.