Orthogonal Bus Network of Barcelona

The Orthogonal Bus Network of Barcelona during the design phase. Source: Salvador Rueda Palenzuelat: Salvador Rueda Palenzuela.

The proposed new bus network is based on an orthogonal grid scheme, which has emerged as the most efficient in urban systems. This network ensures the isotropy of the territory, ie equally covers all parts of the municipality. This improves connectivity between the lines and accessibility for all users.

The new scheme is not only functional but also more "readable", and is structured similarly to the metro and a network becomes easily understandable. Furthermore, the great majority of targets are achieved with a single transfer, simplifying use of the bus network and avoiding the current need to know each line individually.

Other features are orthogonal network traffic segregated buses (which reduces the friction of the bus with other transport modes and facilitates increased business velocity and stride frequency) and coverage to areas of new centrality.

The orthogonal network also promotes intermodality, strategically placing the stops to facilitate connection between the lines and also with other public transport means (tram, metro, bicycle hire, etc..).

The first five lines begin in October 2012. The network will be implemented progressively orthogonal to reach the 28 lines.

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The proposal is based on an orthogonal grid scheme: a new bus network for a new global model of sustainable mobility

Orthogonal Bus Network of Barcelona