TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) - Articles and news items

Barcelona unveils two new electric buses and a rapid-charging station

Industry news  •  21 September 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Barcelona has welcomed two new electric articulated buses and a rapid-charging station within the framework of project ZeEUS.

Barcelona’s extended driverless metro enters operation

Industry news  •  15 February 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Europe’s longest driverless metro began operation in Barcelona following the extension of the city’s Line 9 route.

SEAM4US: research for sustainable metro stations

Issue 1 2014  •  3 March 2014  •  Giovanni Pescatori, SEAM4US; Michael Pellot, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)

Underground transportation systems are big energy consumers and have significant impact on energy consumption on a regional scale. For instance in India, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is the biggest consumer of electricity in the state of Delhi. Typical figures regarding the consumption of electricity in the state of Delhi are approximately 300 TJ. In Europe, the London Underground is the single biggest consumer of electricity in the London metropolitan area and, it is one of the top 10 electricity consumers in the UK with a total annual consumption of more than 1 TWh – which is enough electricity to power over 250,000 households for one year…

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.

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.

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.