Mobility. The improvement of the public transport system also entails improving the existing bus network to attract more users.
A new series of measures to improve the public transport network as a whole includes extra bus lanes and greater regularity and frequency of vehicles.
“If we want to attract more users to public transport, the change needs to happen on overground services as that’s where there is most room for improvement”, asserted the Councillor for Mobility, Mercedes Vidal. Based on a new method of analysis used on the 16 routes already making up the new network, ten routes have been identified (H6, H8, H10, H12, H14, D20, V3, V7, V15 and V27) where measures to improve services are more of a priority.
Various actions will be taken, including the creation of more bus lanes, new bus stops, new traffic lights and adjustments to sequences, improvements to signage, widening of pavements to facilitate turning and circulation for buses, and an increase in spots where the City Police carry out controls. The package of improvements includes 140 proposals, represents an investment of 261,000 euros and should see the regularity of services improve from 78% to 85%.
Optimising public transport is a priority for the city. The municipal government has therefore drafted a measure which uses a new survey methodology and which analyses overground public transport to identify points to be improved, putting new measures and proposals in place to improve frequency and journey times.
The city currently has 163 kilometres of bus lanes and the prevision is for that figure to reach 182 km by 2018. When the roll-out of the new bus network is finished there will be 97 routes in total (28 making up the new network, 43 conventional routes and 26 neighbourhood services).
The move to improve overground public transport comes on top of a series of other measures already being carried out, or due to start, to optimise bus services in the city:
- 43 new daily services on working days
- Re-introduction of neighbourhood buses on Sundays and public holidays
- Roll-out of the new bus network in its entirety
- Purchase of 78 new buses as part of the ongoing renewal and upgrading of the fleet
- Roll-out of Wi-Fi on the bus network
- Freeze on fares