Regional Government of Madrid continues to adapt public transport offer to reduced number of passengers
The Regional Government of Madrid continues to adapt the public transport offer to the fall in the number of passengers resulting from the measures approved by the Regional Government of Madrid and other public authorities as a result of the situation and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Yesterday, the demand for public transport in the Region of Madrid fell by 18% on the figure for Friday, the last working day prior to the introduction of the new mobility restrictions passed by the Government of Spain. Specifically, on Monday there were 427,503 journeys, compared with 524,469 on Friday. Yesterday’s figure represents a fall of 92.1% on the same day last year.
For this reason, and as in recent days, the Regional Department of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure has again adapted the public transport offer, such that weekdays days will record similar levels to those at weekends.
Accordingly, as of tomorrow, the service provided by Metro de Madrid, EMT buses, other city and commuter buses of the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium, light railways and tramways will be adjusted to the new mobility patterns of the people of Madrid, affected by this declaration of a state of emergency.
The offer agreed guarantees the necessary mobility for workers in essential sectors, as well as the provision of an essential public transport service.
At any event, the service offered will guarantee the maximum separation possible between passengers, with priority given to lines with stops close to hospitals, and in the case of commuter buses, the frequency of service will be maintained for the 28 smallest and remotest villages in the region, most of which are in Sierra Norte [northern mountain region].
The Regional Transport Consortium, together with various other operators, will continue to review public transport movements in the region, to which end the adjustments agreed today may be modified according to changes in demand in the network as a whole.
Within the framework of measures and recommendations adopted to avoid contagion of the coronavirus, the Region of Madrid reminds citizens of the need to remain at home.
Even if the journey is strictly necessary and falls within the cases provided for in the state of emergency, the elderly and those who suffer from an illness are advised, on health grounds, to avoid using the Metro and public transport in general. This recommendation from the health authorities extends to their care-providers and those who live with these sectors of vulnerable people.