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The Regional Government of Madrid will purchase more trains and hire more drivers to meet the increase in Metro passengers

Negotiations with the trade unions for establishing the needs for increasing the underground workforce have already commenced. The Regional Government will start the tendering processes in 2019 for the purchase of 60 new trains at an estimated cost of 700 million euros. The underground will end 2018 with 687 million users, the highest figure in its one hundred years of history. The data published by INE [National Bureau of Statistics] show that the number of Metro passengers between May and July increased 12.8% compared to the accumulated 11.6% decline in the number of EMT [municipal bus service] passengers

The Regional Government of Madrid is going to purchase more trains and hire more drivers to meet the increase in demand experienced by Metro de Madrid, whose number of passengers is growing continuously. The outlook is for the company to end 2018 with 687 million users, the highest figure in the underground’s one hundred years of existence.

This was the response today during the Plenary Session of the Assembly of Madrid given by the Secretary for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo, to the questions on the service provided by the underground raised by the Socialist Group and Podemos. The purchase of the new trains will involve an estimated cost of 700 million euros.

Gonzalo underlined that, although at the present time Metro offers an adequately sized service in relation to the current demand, the number of passengers has been increasing continuously over the last few months. Thus, in 2018, Metro has been transporting 100,000 more passengers daily than in 2017 and, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics, the number of underground users increased by 12.8% between the months of May and July. Gonzalo noted that a large part of this increase comes from users who had normally been using other means of public transport such as the EMT bus service, which experienced an accumulated decline of 11.6% in its number of passengers during the same period.

“Increasingly more Madrilenians choose Metro for fast, comfortable and safe travel”, Gonzalo summed up and pointed out that the regional Government is already working to absorb this sustained increase, maintaining Metro’s usual levels of quality at the same time. In this regard, Gonzalo announced that, in 2019, Metro will initiate the tendering processes for purchasing 60 new trains, 32 of which will be used for replacing older units and 28 for reinforcing the service where necessary.

In addition, Gonzalo explained that the underground has speeded up the processes for engaging new drivers which were originally planned for next year, and talks are already underway with the trade unions to define the staffing needs for this position. The workforce in this job category was already increased in 2016 with the hiring of 360 new drivers.
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