“Institutional dialogue and social action are useful for the society”
We have promoted legislation in favour of public transportation
The work done by PTP has been key for the adoption of two laws by the Parliament of Catalonia: “Llei 9/2003 de la mobilitat” (Mobility Act), pioneer in Europe and “Llei 21/2015 de finançament del sistema de transport public” (Public Transport System Funding Act), adopted unanimously.
We take a step to improve urban fitting for the bus
Urbanism in cities is strongly specialised on cars: the width of the lanes, the turn radius, one-way directions or parking have design parameters that can be detrimental to an efficient public transport. In Barcelona PTP achieved that the City Council will keep as two-way street for buses in two important streets, among other improvements for the bus in the Catalan capital as well as other cities.
We have encouraged an integrated fare system in Barcelona and we are achieving changes favouring repeated use
PTP works for a fare system to increase the public transport users with fidelity policies and without operators or zone frontiers. In 1993 we started the demand for an integrated fare and ticketing system in Barcelona that was achieved in 2001. From 2013 to 2015 we collaborated with protests from the “Stop Pujades” movement, that achieved a freeze on the price of public transport and we obtained a reduction on the price for recurring users for trips of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 zones in Barcelona.
We contributed to the success of the tramway at the metropolitan area of Barcelona
Tramway (light rail) came back to Barcelona in 2004 after years of reivindications and controversy during the construction. Today the tramway (light rail) has become the fastest surface transport in urban zones of the metropolitan area, attracting more travellers than any other new infrastructure, and has the best user satisfaction rating in mobility surveys.
We are stopping the dismantlement of railway infrastructure
Between 2005 and 2007 we collaborated actively with “Defensem el Tren de l’Empordà” to save the central train station of Figueres, threatened of suppression and relocation to the city outskirts due to a speculative project. We have achieved to maintain the station on its place. Between 2002 and 2016 we have campaigned against the closure of the railway service between Port Aventura, Salou and Cambrils. We have been able to involve the Catalan government and the council of Salou in the project of adapting this line for a train-tram service.
We promoted the first Spanish car-sharing company
In 2000 we carried the first studies to disassociate car use from car ownership through a carsharing project. In 2003, the creation of the “Fundació de la Mobilitat Sostenible i Segura (Safe and Sustainable Mobility Foundation) together with the Barcelona City Council and the Government of Catalonia aimed at promoting this project, that started in 2004 with the company Catalonia Carsharing. Nowadays two private carsharing operators are present in Barcelona.
We pioneered exposing the deterioration of Rodalies, the regional train service of Barcelona
PTP did the first studies showing an increasing deterioration (2003) and saturation (2005) at Commuter trains. In 2006 we participated in several demonstrations with labour and resident’s associations, obtaining a plan of urgent investments and a customer committee with Renfe, the rail operator.
We promoted the planning of the first motorway bus lane in Catalonia, at B-23 motorway
With the Esparraguera manifesto (2001), we achieved the first political document asking for bus priority in a motorway in Catalonia: the B23 bus lane. In 2007 a performance was done in situ to show that at 80 kph there was no need for road widening to fit an extra lane for the bus. In 2011, the Government of Catalonia assumed the low cost model proposed by PTP instead of the model applied in a high cost project such as the C-58 bus lane.
We achieved a better exploitation for the HOV-bus lane on C-58
In 2012 the Government of Catalonia opened a controversial HOV-bus lane with two unidirectional lanes on the C-58 motorway, with high construction costs and a low use. PTP claimed for a bidirectional scheme that favours public transport in a motorway that gets simultaneously congested in both directions. In 2013 the “Servei Català de Trànsit” (responsible for road safety and traffic management in Catalonia) accepted this proposal, doubling now the use of the infrastructure.
We obtained frequencies improvements in several services and transport corridors
After several campaigns organized by PTP and several local organizations, we have achieved better frequencies in lines such as Reus – Tarragona (bus), Vall del Tenes (bus) and Lleida – Balaguer – la Pobla (train).