The Government of Catalonia, through the Ministry of Territory, will design a new model for providing intercity bus transport that is more efficient and sustainable, adapted to the needs of the entire region, with a connected network coordinated with trains and on-demand services in low-density population areas.
The goal is to have a new system in place by 2028, which is when the concessions with various operating companies providing services expire. The current structure of concessions and services dates back to a period spanning the 1960s and 1980s, so a review of the entire intercity public road transport system is necessary to design a new service network that best meets the mobility needs of citizens.
Intercity buses are often the only means of transportation available to the public in many areas. The network is essential for everyone to get to work, school or public service offices. It is also a key instrument for territorial rebalancing and for equal opportunities in all areas of Catalonia, as well as a fundamental element in combating depopulation in rural areas and addressing climate change.
The Government has approved the implementation of a programme to engage technical personnel that can carry out all the tasks for defining the new model.
Over the next three years, this new personnel will have to plan a new network and a new management model, as well as determine the characteristics of the service vehicles, the new framework of relations with operating companies, and the quality and service delivery requirements to be offered to citizens.
They will also carry out the participation and consultation process with mobility and public transport stakeholders, both with local administrations and with users and social and economic agents.
More than 18,000 kilometres of network
Intercity public road transport carries about 70.6 million passengers per year. The current network reaches practically all municipalities in Catalonia. It has 849 lines, 1,483 vehicles and is 18,152 kilometres long.