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Brest: France’s first urban cable car network

Brest / Brittany – France / With up to 1,400 passengers an hour, cabins arriving at 5 minute intervals, and a 3 minute-long connection between the two stations, the Brest cable car network is a bona fide urban transport mode. Designed to serve the new Capucins area situated on the right bank of the Penfeld, it provides Brest métropole with an economical way to meet the daily transport needs of the local  community, and to successfully negotiate the various challenges involved, such as crossing the Penfeld River and the need for a 48m high air draft for the Naval Base.

Report Rivacom / QUIBERON 24 Television – November 14, 2016

Unique ticketing system across the network, in which either an individual ticket or a KorriGo pass must be validated before boarding buses and trams as well as cable cars.

With no staff presence required on board the cabins, the cable car service is entirely automated.  Operations are overseen remotely from Keolis Brest’s Centralised Control Station. From there, an operator controls the service in real time with the help of an Operations Assistance System that allows all information and alarms to be shown on a single screen (wind speed, braking defects, opening and closing door warnings etc).  A video surveillance system enables all stations and cabins to be controlled throughout every journey. Passengers can establish direct contact with a Bibus network operator through an interphone system.  Whilst the operation of a cable car network is a first for Keolis, the Brest subsidiary has the benefit of the Group’s extensive expertise in managing automated metro modes (the metro, funiculars etc), in security and in maintenance.

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