Public-transport fares have been temporarily suspended for people working in essential services

01/04/2020 - 10:12

Covid-19. The measure, which will be in force between 2 and 9 April, is applicable to the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

The measure, approved by the Metropolitan Transport Authority Board for the Barcelona area, aims to facilitate authorised travel, given that the current State of Alert Decree only permits mobility for essential activities and services.

From tomorrow, Thursday 2 April, public-transport fares are being suspended until 9 April. The network will be available to people working in essential services, who are authorised to travel during this period.

The volume of demand is expected to be very similar to, or even less than, the last few days. In general, this mean about 90% fewer passengers compared to usual numbers.

The measure is being applied in all transport zones (from 1 to 6) and each transport system will apply a formula that is suitable for its characteristics.

In other words, the metro, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) trains and the buses (belonging to TMB and AMB) will apply a free-pass system, which means people need to use a ticket to get through the turnstiles, but the ticket is not marked and no journeys are deducted. The ticket is only needed to monitor the occupation rate. Any ticket will secure admission, even those that are out of date or completely used up.

Meanwhile, the Rodalies de Catalunya local commuter trains will be using an open-gateway system, without any need to use a ticket. This means that when people approach the entrance to any station, the doors will open automatically, without any need to use a ticket. This system also makes it possible to control the number of passengers.

Meanwhile, buses pertaining to the General Directorate for Transport and Mobility, and those of the municipalities belonging to AMTU, will issue single-journey tickets free of charge. When passengers board the buses, the drivers will issue a ticket, but they will not hand the ticket to the passenger. They will keep the tickets in order to monitor the number of passengers.

Although the transport is free, because transport fares have been suspended until 9 April, the systems are being applied in order to monitor the number of passengers using public transport. Under no circumstances may that number exceed one third of a vehicle’s maximum capacity.

If it is found that this measure leads to an increase in non-essential mobility, steps will be taken to cancel it immediately.

Remember that the police authorities are responsible for ensuring that only people who are authorised to travel, according to current regulations, may do so.

This agreement, which has been made in recognition of the people working in essential services, was approved by the consortium’s administrations, the Generalitat of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and the Association of Municipalities for Mobility and Urban Transport (AMTU).