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TMB’s strategy for an efficient bus network in Barcelona

Issue 4 2011  •  18 August 2011  •  Dídac Pestaña, Executive Vice-President, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)

Like most big European cities, Barcelona has severe problems with air pollution due to several factors, like industry and domestic emissions, but especially due to road transport emissions. In the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona, transport contribution to energy consumption accounts for 40%. TMB is the main public transport operator for the metropolitan area of Barcelona and an international reference in the urban transport sector. TMB accounts for almost 80% of such transport and the services provided are essential for the two million journeys made by passengers every working day – some 577 million per year.

To carry this amount of people every day, the metro network is formed by eight lines and the funicular railway, and has 140 stations distributed along 102.6km while the Barcelona bus fleet comprises 1,090 units, with energy consumption equivalent to 27 million litres of diesel fuel per year.

Barcelona’s Line 9/10. The metro of the future has arrived…

Issue 4 2010  •  19 August 2010  •  Dídac Pestaña, Executive Vice President, TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona)

The launch of service of Line 9/10 – the first automatic metro in Spain – is an example of how Barcelona is moving towards automation as a way of providing maximum support and efficiency to the underground public transport system. One of the country’s most relevant technological milestones has thus become a tool in the improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Barcelona and its metropolitan area.

The longest driverless metro line in Europe – 47.8km-long with 52 stations – is now a tangible reality with its first stretch of 11km, which connects the metropolitan cities of Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Badalona with the La Sagrera interchange in the north of the city of Barcelona, and will be used by thousands of passengers. The Line has a semicircular shape and is forked at both ends. Identification of numbers 9 and 10 with the colours orange and cyan will be operated jointly with the rest of the TMB conventional metro network, the main public transport operator in Catalonia and an international reference in innovation applied to collective mobility.