The new bus network (NxBus), with a grid made up of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, more rectilinear than the conventional ones, make journeys faster and, consequently, the service more frequent. The specific traffic-light system and the extra bus lanes are also strategies that help to give priority to buses on the city's streets.
Five new NxBus lines went into service in 2012, and more have been introduced every year since then. Once the fourth stage is complete - the information and participatory process is under way - Barcelona will have 16 new lines in service.
The participatory process began in September 2015, when the V11, V13 and H4 lines were presented to and discussed by members of the Mobility Pact NxBus Working Committee.
Meetings were then held in October 2015 with the associations and residents of the districts affected by the new lines (all the districts except Sant Martí) during which suggestions where collected and requests submitted. Specific meetings were also held with schools in Les Corts and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, given the large concentration of schools in these districts that will benefit from the NxBus.
Another channel for encouraging participation are the NxBus Points set up in markets, libraries and civic centres, with staff to answer queries. These points provide members of the public with an opportunity to drop slips in the suggestion boxes with their suggestions for improving the bus service.
The three new lines presented (V11, V13 and H4) are expected to go into service in February 2016. A later participatory stage will begin for the other NxBus lines that are yet to be introduced (twelve in all) and for designing the contribution lines that will supplement the city's range of bus services.
- Meeting of the New Bus Network Monitoring Committee and the Mobility Pact Public Transport Working Group.
- User survey of the lines to be replaced, to identify possible improvements to the service, by making the most of the roll-out of the new lines.
- Setting up information points in the main municipal facilities on the routes of the future lines, in coordination with communication campaigns with contribution slips.
- Area meetings with the main social players in every district or neighbourhood affected, open to all residents.
- Specific meetings for specific groups, depending on the profile of the user or potential user of the lines (for example, schools).
- Meeting, requiring prior registration, for all interested social players in TMB facilities to find out how the bus network is run.
- Feedback on all the contributions and the municipal response.