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

Redesigning the surface transport system in Barcelona

Transport Extra  •  2 February 2016  •  Graham Ellis

In a blog for Eurotransport, Graham Ellis looks at how authorities are redesigning the surface transport system in Barcelona as part of the city’s sustainable mobility plan for 2013-2018.

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

Istanbul takes Barcelona metro as reference in equipping and operating its automated M5 line

Industry news  •  20 February 2014  •  Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona

A delegation from Istanbul has been this week to Barcelona taking part in working sessions and visits to Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona facilities to gain experience and data…

New Barcelona bus network to be extended on Monday with five additional lines, covering more than 93 km

Industry news  •  15 November 2013  •  TMB

The Catalan capital is transforming its surface passenger transport system to ease…

TMB, the first European operator to be accredited as an Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) for railways

Industry news  •  4 April 2013  •  Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)

TMB authorised to carry out railway safety assessments and audits…

TMB creates iPad app as aid to getting about on public transport

Industry news, News  •  30 November 2011  •  TMB

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona has developed a new app specially for iPad, called TMB Maps…

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.

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.

The TMB bus fleet helps to improve air quality

Issue 2 2009, Past issues  •  30 April 2009  •  Ignasi Armengol Villà, Director of Buses, TMB

The protection of the environment is one of the backbones of the strategic policies of TMB. As a public transport company, its activity is essential for the promotion of more sustainable mobility, and a clear alternative to private vehicle transport, which is less efficient and has a greater impact on the environment. However, TMB goes beyond this, and a strategic objective has been marked to reduce the environmental impact that its activity causes, such as consumption of energy and other natural resources on the one hand and as a generator of waste material on the other.

This concern is expressed in a constant search for cleaner and more efficient options for the propulsion of the bus fleet – an essential service that provides daily transport for 700,000 passengers on 108 bus lines that run through Barcelona and its metropolitan area.