Close to 400,000 dogs have travelled on the Metro de Madrid facilities since July 2016

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Rosalía Gonzalo took stock of the measure that has allowed users to go into stations and trains with their pets for the last three years. The largest numbers of passengers with dogs use lines 1, 3, 6 and 12. Animals must wear a muzzle and be on a leash and owners must use the last carriage of the train

Close to 400,000 dogs have travelled on the Metro de Madrid facilities since July 2016, when the Regional Government of Madrid introduced the measure that allows users to go into underground stations and trains with their pets. The Regional Councillor for Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Rosalía Gonzalo, highlighted this today when taking stock of this initiative, accompanied by a group of volunteers from the association ‘La Voz Animal’ and their respective dogs on a trip on the underground.

According to the figures collated by those responsible for the underground, an average of some 360 users have gone into the underground each day over the last three years with their dogs. These use more than 60% of the underground stations, particularly Moncloa, Argüelles and Ciudad de los Ángeles. As regards individual lines, the most used by pet owners are lines 1, 3, 6 and 12.

In terms of the most popular times of day, there is a noticeable difference between user behavior on working days and the weekend. Most traffic is recorded on Saturdays between 11:00 and 16:00, while on working days there are different peak periods and it is harder to find a pattern of behaviour. The underground is used more at the weekends: with 373 dogs a day on average, on both Saturdays and Sundays, compared with 355 recorded on average on weekdays.

Rosalía Gonzalo explained that dogs have been allowed into the Madrid underground since July 2016, thus providing a response to one of the most called for demands from users and following the model of other European metro systems which had previously authorised the access of pets, such as Brussels, London, Lisbon and Berlin.

In order to use the underground system, dogs must be correctly identified through the use of a microchip and registered in the municipal census. Passengers pay no additional charge although they must comply with several additional requirements: the entry of no more than one dog per passenger; they must only use the last carriage of each train and all dogs must be muzzled and be on a leash of a length of no more than 50 centimetres.

These requirements must be met as from entry into the underground system until the animal exits at street level. When using the system, they may go into lifts and use the stairs, but they may not use escalators for safety reasons. 

Other considerations include the responsibility of the dog-handler and that of the owner of the dog on a subsidiary basis; and avoiding blocking the path of other passengers at doors and lifts. Access to dogs may be limited in situations such as mass movements of passengers, both for the safety of passengers and for that of the animals.

As regards the timetable for use of the underground, animals may not use the system from Monday to Friday during rush hour; that is, from 07:30 to 09:30, from 14:00 to 16:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00. There are no timetable restrictions in the months of July and August, at weekends and on public holidays all year round.

Rosalía Gonzalo, Consejera en funciones de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras - Instalación desfibriladores