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Automated Metros supplement 2014

Issue 1 2014, Supplements  •  3 March 2014  •  Ramón Malla, Chris Cox, Miryam Hernández

TMB: four years of operating three automated lines
Copenhagen Metro: transforming city travel
Metro automation: a proven and scalable solution

First year of automation is a success for Barcelona

Issue 1 2011  •  25 February 2011  •  

2010 was a very significant year for Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB). It was the first year that automated lines were put into operation – since December 2009, sections of the first five stations of a new line were inaugurated and the existing light metro Line 11 was turned into a driverless running mode.

TMB automation in 2010 During 2010, two new sections of a new line were inaugurated in April and June bringing a total amount of 11 stations and almost 11km of extension.

Once construction is completely finished, the new automated line will have a total length of 50km. Branches will be positioned at both ends of the line which means each branch has been assigned a line – thus two lines: Line 9 and Line 10. In 2010, TMB started to operate the north branches of these lines.

An ‘open and shut’ case for safety

Issue 2 2009, Past issues  •  30 April 2009  •  Ramon Malla, Director of Automated Lines, Barcelona Metro

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is the main public transport operator for the metropolitan area of Barcelona and an international reference in the urban transport sector. TMB covers the services provided by the companies Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona, SA (FMB – the Barcelona Metropolitan Rail Service), and Transports de Barcelona, SA (TB). These organisations provide collective transport services for travellers through surface and underground transport networks, which complement both each other and the other companies in the sector which share this area of influence.

The services provided by TMB are essential for the two million journeys made by passengers every working day, approximately 577 million per year. This goal is achieved with a fleet of more than 1,080 buses and 150 metro trains and more than 7,000 employees. The regular bus network is comprised of 108 lines, which cover a total distance of 921.5km, while the metro itself is formed by six lines which cover a total distance of 87.6km.