Challenge / Goal
Currently, standard bus services provided in the peripheral suburbs of Madrid show speed data well below the city average, due to traffic congestion and illegal parking. There is significant potential to increase commercial speed through traffic light optimization as, on average, some 25% of the journey time is stopped waiting for a green light.
At the city level, the measure developed some of the actions envisaged in the Madrid’s Air Quality Plan (2017) and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (2013), as well as the Region’s Transport Strategy (Vision 2025), in what refers to the expansion of the bus network in peripheral districts. It therefore contributed to the city’s goal of increasing the modal share of public transport, reduce emission levels and thereby improve air quality.
At the strategic and measure level, the corridor facilitated the identification of the most suitable design and operational options to improve the quality of bus services provided in the southern and eastern periphery, increasing the environmental performance, reliability and speed of public transportation. Overall, the corridor is expected to provide higher quality and more attractive bus services, that are competitive with private cars, and result in an increase in public transport patronage.
This measure is in fact the first step for the implementation of the high level of bus service corridors in the outer city areas, partly included in Madrid’s ‘living lab’ (South-East Corridor) - two south-eastern peripheral districts: Puente de Vallecas and Villa de Vallecas. The measure is critical for the subsequent design and implementation of the whole corridor. Therefore, a pilot section of approximately 3.7 km was implemented connecting the living lab with the districts of Moratalaz, San Blas-Canillejas and Ciudad Lineal, all of them in the Eastern periphery of Madrid.
Different options for segregation (physical/flexible/virtual), priority (using information and communication, ICT tools) and enforcement (ICT tools/video cameras) were analysed. This new corridor is connected to intermodal facilities to ease modal transfer between public transport services, and bus stops are adapted in order to provide boarding times in line with the high level of service standards. Additionally, existing routes are redefined to accommodate the new high-level service corridor.
As of November 2018, the construction project has been completed and it defined with the necessary detail for the execution works the following aspects, among others: rearrangement of crossroads, parking facilities, new signals, adapting bus stops, connection with other intermodal public transport facilities, ICT tools, etc.
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Madrid Regional Transport Consortium (CRTM), Municipal Transport Enterprise for Madrid (EMT)
Improving public transport accessibility
Improving traffic management
Reducing GHG emissions
Reducing local air pollution