First overhead cable transport line

Emilio Valerio

06 September 2015

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The Executive Unit for the Rehabilitation of La Barquita awarded the contract to Consortium POMA-J.Fortuna the contract for the design and construction of the first line of the aerial cable system for the mass public transport of passengers in Santo Domingo, also known as the cable car.


A series of documents published on the website include the administrative minutes of 23 April of this year from the Unit's Purchasing and Contracting Committee, which indicate that the POMA-J. Fortuna Consortium submitted a proposal for RD$3,069,971,583.61 and obtained a score of 95.87. Fortuna submitted a proposal for RD$3,069,971,583.61, and obtained a score of 95.87.


This bidder is constituted by the company POMA, described as a company dedicated to the manufacture and installation of cable transport systems. J. Fortuna is a construction company from the Dominican Republic that promotes itself with experience in civil, electrical and electromechanical engineering works.


Both presented work experience on the Metrocable Line K in Medellín, the Metrocable Filas de Mariche Expreso in Venezuela, the Teleférico do Complexo do Alemao in Brazil and the Taipei City Maokong in Taiwan.

The other bidder was Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GMBH, whose proposal was RD$3,340,426,376.17, or RD$270,454,792.56 more. It scored 86.4 points. It promotes itself as a market leader in the construction of cable cars, having built more than 14,400 systems for clients in 88 countries, including Mi Teleférico in La Paz, Line J of the Medellín Metrocable, and the cable transport system in Germany and Algeria.


Within the framework of the programme for the redevelopment of La Barquita and its surroundings, the Dominican government plans to implement a mass public transport system by aerial cable, which would provide services to the isolated neighbourhoods around the northern basin of the Ozama River, affecting the National District and the municipalities of Santo Domingo East and Santo Domingo North. It will be of the single-cable type of cabins with detachable clamps.


According to the specifications for the first line, there will be stations in Gualey, Los Tres Brazos, Sabana Perdida and Charles de Gaulle Avenue. It establishes a construction time of 14 months, from the signing of the contract, and a useful guarantee of at least 25 years.


Diario Libre insisted for several weeks on speaking with the person from the Unidad Ejecutora para la Readecuación de La Barquita responsible for monitoring the project, to obtain details of its execution, but travel difficulties were alleged on the part of the managers in charge.


Source: Free Newspaper