The new bus network, with its “vertical”, “horizontal” and “diagonal” routes, is a high-performance network whose strengths include greater bus frequency, between 5 and 8 minutes, and the fact that most city residents can travel along more efficient routes and keep bus interchanges to a minimum. The network covers more territory and is supplemented by conventional and neighbourhood buses.
Barcelona City Council has deployed this network in several stages so that, together with the tram lines, it will complete the city’s ground-level public transport service. This deployment, now in its fifth and final stage, has facilitated the opening of 20 new lines since 2012. The rest of the network will come into service in 2018, with the launching of the remaining 8 lines.
Barcelona City Council understands that the benefits of a high-performance Bus Network (New Bus Network), coordinated with conventional local and neighbourhood lines, depend on its full deployment, which is why it believes that it should be implemented as fast as the TMB's technical and operational municipal resources allow.
The new network is accompanied by measures that make buses a priority. Under the Government Measure for Improving the Quality and Use of Ground-Level Public Transport Infrastructures, approved in the summer of 2017, new measures have been applied to promote ground-level public transport, so that buses and taxis can circulate more freely, gaining speed and frequency and therefore providing a better service
The New Bus Network’s lines currently in service are: D20, H6, H12, V7 and V21 (October 2012); H8, H10, H16, V3 and V17 (November 2013); H14, V15 and V27 (September 2014); H4, V11, V13 (February 2016); D40, V5, V29 and V31 (November 2017).
high-performance bus lines in service
of Barcelona’s bus demand