New buses for more sustainable and efficient public transport

The modernisation of the city’s bus fleet moves on, with 76 new vehicles in operation. The buses are more comfortable and pollute less, with 30% lower emissions, guaranteeing reliable services and helping make the city a healthier place. Next year, 23% of the whole fleet will have been renewed.

16/03/2018 19:02 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

VIDEO. Mercedes Vidal: “Investing in public transport means investing in wellbeing as it ensures good service and consolidates Barcelona’s bus fleet as the cleanest in Europe”.

VIDEO. Ada Colau: “Public transport is a priority for us as we back the right to mobility and the right to health, and within this strategy the tram systems also need connecting, something for which there is popular, social and institutional consensus”.

The demand for public transport in the city continues to grow, the last seven years seeing an 86% increase in investment to be able to maintain quality and service and move towards more sustainable mobility.

Current action includes the ongoing energy conversion of bus services as part of the municipal commitment to combat climate change, being applied as the fleet is progressively renewed.

Between January and March, 62 hybrid vehicles were put into service to replace diesel buses, representing a saving of 7,600 litres of fuel per vehicle per year. In all, 25% of urban services, offered by 269 buses, are already using hybrid vehicles.

Of these buses, 54 will be providing services on regular city routes and 8 as part of the tourist bus fleet, the first time the latter has used sustainable vehicles. In addition, 14 buses which run on compressed natural gas have been introduced. In all, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has invested 32.5 million euros.

Accessibility and comfort

The modernisation of the bus fleet also includes improvements in accessibility, with four doors to offer greater agility at bus stops, smart door buttons for people with visual impairment, non-slip floors, retractable ramps and luminous service indicators on the sides.

The service also offers greater comfort, USB connectors and air-conditioning.

More service and less pollution

The renewal of the bus fleet will continue in the next few months with the aim of introducing a total of 253 new vehicles between 2018 and 2019, equating to 23% of the total. Of these vehicles, 66 will help extend the service and cover the increased in demand for public transport.

The incorporation of sustainable vehicles to the bus network will have meant a cut of 27,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions between 2017 and 2020.

 

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