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Metro Bilbao considers increasing frequencies on lines 1 and 2

Metro Bilbao considers increasing frequencies on lines 1 and 2

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 20, 2024 | 1:00 pm

The plenary session of the General Meetings of Bizkaia promotes a study of demand to improve the service

The plenary session of the General Meetings of Bizkaia has approved a motion that urges the Bizkaia Transport Consortium (CTB) to carry out a demand study within the framework of updating the Strategic Plan for Public Transport in Bizkaia 2018-2028. This technical analysis will consider factors such as demographic growth, urban mobility trends, integration with other transport models and tariff integration scenarios. The objective is to determine the need to expand metro frequencies on lines 1 and 2, especially in areas such as Uribe Kosta, where current frequencies have not changed significantly since the inauguration of the metro in 1995.

Demand forecasting: a crucial step for decision making

This study will be essential for making future decisions about metro frequencies. The approved amendment, supported by all groups except Elkarrekin Bizkaia, underlines the importance of basing any frequency extension on a detailed analysis Of demand. The spokespersons for the PSE and the PNV have emphasized that only with a complete analysis will it be possible to guarantee viable frequencies that benefit all metro users.

Metro Bilbao considers increasing frequencies on lines 1 and 2

In addition, this motion responds to a request to expand frequencies on line 1 by seven municipalities in the Uribe Kosta region, due to recent demographic changes and the opening of the Urduliz Hospital. However, the proposal to include an additional train has been rejected, as a CTB technical report indicates that it would not solve the frequency problems in that area.

Last minute negotiations and agreements

EH Bildu's original motion, which specifically requested the expansion of frequencies in Uribe Kosta, was modified after negotiations with the socialist and jeltzale groups. This transactional agreement, approved today, reflects the need for a demand analysis prior to any significant changes to subway frequencies.

Raúl Méndez, spokesperson for EH Bildu, expressed his satisfaction with the agreement reached, although he stressed the importance of not forgetting the improvement of frequencies in areas with less supply. According to Méndez, "without attractive frequencies, a quality public service cannot be provided." This demand study will make it possible to identify the areas where it is most urgent to improve frequencies, thus ensuring a more efficient public transport service adapted to the needs of users.

The approval of this motion represents significant progress towards improving the metro service in Bizkaia. With a detailed analysis of demand, informed decisions can be made that benefit all metro users, guaranteeing viable frequencies and quality public service.

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