To reduce the increasing number of cars and coaches in the historical town centre the city of Perugia (Italy, approx. 170,000 inhabitants) decided to build a "MiniMetro", which was opened in 2008. It is a transport system with relatively small vehicles (capacity max. 50 persons) which run every 1-3 minutes, depending on exploitation. It works according to the principle of the famous Cable Cars in San Francisco: There is a haul rope between the tracks which is permanently in movement. The cable grip connects the single car to the rope leaving the station and detaches automatically at the next station entrance. The fully automated MiniMetro is almost 4 kilometres long with a height difference of 160 metres and has 7 stops, two of them subsurface.
The system is operated by → Minimetrò S.p.A.