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Spain exports its high-tech know-how in public transport

Issue 4 2012  •  3 September 2012  •  Pedro Fortea, Director, MAFEX

In recent years, the Spanish rail industry has been at the forefront of the greatest public transport advances seen in the country’s main cities – a result of the firm commitment to R&D and the return of transport modes such as the tramway, as well as the implementation of new and modern underground networks. There has been a change in urban mobility material, with a firm commitment to railways.

The advances made towards public transport based on underground, tramway, suburban and medium- and long-distance rail connections between cities has contributed to a reduction in the use of private road vehicles and a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Spain: a worldwide technological reference in public transport

Issue 4 2011  •  18 August 2011  •  Pedro Fortea, Director, MAFEX – the Spanish Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Equipment and Services for the Railway Industry

Metro and tram networks have become the preferred modes of transport in Spain’s big urban centers. The country’s main cities have implemented modern underground lines as a response to the growing demand of fast and efficient mobility systems that can be adapted to the particular needs of all cities. This is why currently in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao or Palma de Mallorca, the metro network represents an efficient alternative to urban transit systems involving thousands of users.
The return of the tram: a mode of transport in demand

For more than two decades there has been a growing trend towards the reemergence of the tram, due to its innumerable environ – mental advantages and its integration in urban areas. Since its reimplementation in the 90s, tram networks have been integrated in many cities as a response to the growing necessity of combining mobility and sustainable development.

The first steps of this extensive network took place in Valencia in 1994 with the inauguration of the first modern tramway line. Nowadays, it is a 20.7km-line with a total of 43 stops with an average distance of 500m.