The new interurban bus network in Catalonia with high level of service (BHLS)
Nowadays, the interurban bus network of Catalonia is made up of more than 700 lines with 53.3 million trips per year (2011). The new ‘exprés.cat’ network covers 40 lines which together represent 40% of demand, with an average occupancy of 30 passengers per journey.
The bus networks with high level of service (BHLS) around Europe are mainly characterised by buses with high frequency using modern, sustainable and accessible vehicles, with high commercial speed, real-time information at stops, dedicated bus lanes and high demand. In the case of Catalonia, a new interurban bus network called ‘exprés. cat’ has been implemented since October 2012 in order to meet the large increase in demand during the last ten years (57%).
The project represents a firm commitment of the Government to promote interurban buses as an efficient and competitive mode of transport to connect quickly, sustainably and economically the main places of Catalonia which are experiencing the greatest increase in mobility demand.
The implementation of the network will be progressive and began in October 2012 with the first 4 new lines which will link four different cities with Barcelona. Moreover, these lines will run on the new HOV-BUS lane, which has a length of 6.8 km and is located on one of the most congested highways to Barcelona (C-58). This new HOV-BUS lane requires an expected investment of 80M Euro.