Toulouse: longest urban cable car in France has taken off

Over three kilometers, Telerabox will transport 8,000 passengers per day, to unclog the south of the city.


Téléo took off, and it is a relative bowl of air for Toulouse traffic. The longest urban cable car in France was inaugurated, Friday, May 13, by the representatives of the communities who financed it (town hall, region, state, European Union). At an overall cost of 83 million euros, to which must be added 2 million euros in maintenance, it has around fifteen cabins which now connect the Paul-Sabatier University to the University Institute of Oncopole Cancer, via The Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Rangueil. A trip of about ten minutes south of the city, over a distance of three kilometers.

“It’s not a gadget and the journey is worth a look,” said Jean-Luc Moudenc, mayor Les Républicains (LR) in Toulouse. Studies for the implementation of Télérara, imagined by former mayor Philippe Douste-Blazy (2001-2004), resumed in 2014 to unclog the southern outings of the pink city, as well as to link the three scientific and medical sites . The Paul-Sabatier University has more than 30,000 students and 4,600 employees, the Rangueil hospital records 210,000 consultations per year and 35,000 emergency entries, and the oncopole is home to 4,500 jobs. “With 8,000 passengers per day expected, that will not be enough to blow up the traffic jams on the ring road, specifies Jean-Michel Lattes, president of the Tisséo transport control. Toulousains, metros, tram and bus, were previously built as a star, converging towards the city center, “said the elected official.

a year and a half late on the site

The technological feat was entrusted to the company Poma, specialist in cable transport, accompanied by Bouygues. The cabins, which can take around thirty passengers, have been imagined by an Italian designer specializing in the automobile, Paolo Pininfarina. Every thirty, at the price of 1.70 euros the journey, they climb along three cables, two carriers and a tractor, a guarantee of safety, even in the event of a wind. This system also reduced the number of pylons: only five, against twenty for a classic monoche technology.

With a year and a half late on the site due to the crisis linked to the COVVI-19, this cable car should also delight tourists. Sometimes seventy meters in height and 20 km/h, it reveals the university campus, the rise towards the wooded hill of Pech-David, before plunging and crossing the Garonne, seen on the Pyrenees and the largest photovoltaic power plant from France included. For Carole Delga, the socialist president of the Occitanie region, Télérac, who “mobilized for the first time European funds for soft transport, is the fruit of shared political will”.

/Media reports.