Medellín’s Metrocable – Mobility as fundamental factor of integrated and inclusive urban development


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In 2004, Medellín opened the first cable car as part of a public transport system worldwide. This gondola lift is supported by the municipality and embedded in an integrated urban development programme. It creates opportunities for the city’s poor population and reduces marginalization.

Since the start of the millennium, local government has initiated comprehensive and integrated interventions in order to upgrade the districts in collaboration with their communities. Within 14 months, construction of cable car route K in the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood was completed. It also directly connects to the central metro line of Medellín. Moreover, the project provided for investments in a public library, kindergartens, public space and sports facilities.