The roll-out of the new bus network will culminate in the next eighteen months with the introduction of 12 new mainline services. The new routes mean the definitive bus network offered by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) will include a total of 97 services, 28 of them mainline services, 43 regular services and 26 neighbourhood bus services.
The roll-out of the twelve new mainline services forming part of the new bus network will be carried out in two stages: the first in the autumn of 2017 and the second in the autumn of 2018.
Equipped with high performance buses, the new bus network services stand out for a numbering system which is easier to use, greater efficiency, greater connectivity and greater coverage of certain parts of the city. The definitive network will mean 95% of city residents will have a mainline service within 300 metres of their home.
The final roll-out process for the new bus network involved an extensive information and debating process between organisations and residents. “We’re gaining an overland public transport system which adapts to the needs of city residents”, noted Janet Sanz. For her part, the Councillor for Mobility, Mercedes Vidal, explained that the network “was planned at a technical level, but is being worked towards on the ground”. Seventeen local sessions have been organised, as well as a session with the Mobility Pact and the members of the Council for the Elderly. “We’re very aware that the bus service is the means which this collective prefers”, added Vidal.
In the debate and participation process, both in person and online via the digital platform decidim.barcelona, some 1,750 city residents took part, making 384 proposals. Of these, 60% were suggestions for improvements to be introduced in the project or the resolution of queries. Proposals introduced include modifications to routes and bus stops, the synchronisation of traffic lights and a communication campaign in all city districts.
In two years there will be “a before and after in public transport” asserted Janet Sanz. According to figures from TMB, the overall increase in users of the new bus routes in the network is 50%.