Rail and road public transport services are reduced

The percentage reduction is established according to the needs of each operator and, more especially, the rush-hour demand, when services may be increased. While some operators, such as TRAM and FGC, are reducing their services, others, such as Rodalies (local trains) and TMB, are maintaining services or increasing them during the rush hour. It is guaranteed that the general public will be able to reach their places of work and basic services at all times, but remember that you are advised not to travel and you are recommended to stay at home whenever possible and not go out unless it its strictly necessary.

17/03/2020 15:59 h

Ecologia Urbana

Various types of urban and interurban public-transport services operating in Barcelona and its Metropolitan Area are adjusting the service they offer to demand, and as a preventative measure to tackle Covid-19. The reductions are in response to the drop in passenger numbers experienced in all forms of public transport, due to the reduction in the country’s work and social activities.

Starting today, the the tram service in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Trambaix and Trambesòs) is reducing its weekday service by 40%.

Also starting today, the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) metropolitan railway lines, are reducing their rush-hour service to 60%, and to 40% for the rest of the day.

Meanwhile, the Rodalies de Catalunya local railway lines are offering 100% service (from 25th March, 66% working days, Monday to Friday, and 50%  on week-end) and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is increasing its rush-hours service as much as possible, for safety reasons, on its busiest metro lines, the L1 and the L5.

TMB is constantly assessing patterns of demand in order to adapt service levels to demand, taking into account staff availability. The idea is to keep occupancy ratios below one third of the usual demand, in keeping with instructions from Catalan authorities.

Remember, the FGC’s R6 and R60 trains are not currently going to Igualada. They start and finish their route at La Pobla de Claramunt. Furthermore the R3 trains terminate at Puigcerdà, where alternative road transport is available.

The Generalitat of Catalonia is reducing the frequency of weekday urban and intercity public-transport services by between 33% and 67%

The Government of Catalonia is applying new operational measures on its urban and intercity public-transport services. by rail and road, in order to prevent the propagation of the Covid-19 virus.

This takes into account the lower number of passengers using the network during the first working day (16 March) after the State of Alert was decreed last Saturday, with a drop in demand of between 75 and 90% in the various types of transport, although there were specific times when the reduction was not as great.

It is guaranteed that the general public will be able to reach their places of work and basic services at all times, but remember that you are advised not to travel and that you are recommended to stay at home whenever possible and not go out unless it its strictly necessary.

Urban and intercity public transport services for passengers, by rail and road, that travel exclusively within the area of Catalonia, including those providing service to the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, are applying a reduction in weekday services of between 33 and 67%, depending on the needs of each operator and, to a greater extent, on rush-hour demand.

At the busiest times, these percentages may be increased, as in the case of the Barcelona Metro service, in order to comply with the aim of reducing occupancy to a third of maximum capacity.

The urban and intercity night-time road transport services, including those serving the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), like the Nitbus, may offer a reduced service within the 33 to 67% range that differs from the daytime reduction rate.

Companies providing public-transport services have to ensure that the occupancy of their vehicles does not exceed one third of their capacity, in order to maintain the minimum distance between passengers established by the health authorities.

The operators of private transport, used by companies to transport their employees, must also ensure compliance with the minimum distance between passengers established by health authorities.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Transport Authority

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