Regional Government of Madrid publishes an informative book on the history of Metro tickets

Regional Government of Madrid publishes an informative book on the history of Metro tickets
The publication, entitled ‘A brief history of tickets and passes of the Metropolitan Railway of Madrid (1919-2019)’ can be downloaded or read online. This publication reviews the most common tickets used on the Madrid underground in its 100 years of history. It also chronologically analyses the technological, conceptual and graphic evolution of the tickets and passes and their fares

The Regional Government of Madrid has published the book entitled ‘A brief history of tickets and passes of the Metropolitan Railway of Madrid (1919-2019)’, which gives an informative review of the most usual transport tickets used on the Madrid underground in its 100 years of history. Through this publication you can view all the transport tickets of the Madrid underground, from the first tickets, that sought to compete with the tramway on price, to such curious aspects as lift tickets, free passes – such as for the company doctor – and the first combined tickets or weekly passes, to the most modern contactless Public Transport Cards (TTP).

This work, which can be downloaded in a PDF format free of charge from the website of the Regional Transport Consortium (CRTM), also chronologically analyses the technological, conceptual and graphic evolution of the Metro tickets and passes and their fares. The presence of CRTM and its different types of ticket can clearly be seen as from 1986 – the year when this body was founded.

The book is divided into five main chapters, with an additional final chapter, with a glossary of transport tickets. The first chapter is entitled ‘Day of the start of the Civil War’, where you can see the tickets and passes that existed from 1919 to 1936; the second is entitled ‘Civil War and Post-war, the passes and exchangeable vouchers between 1936-1959’; the third is entitled ‘The 1960s and 1970s’, which covers the two decades between 1959 and 1979; the fourth is entitled ‘The era of magnetic tickets, development of tickets as from the arrival of democracy and the first major extensions to the network between 1980 and 2003; while the fifth addresses ‘The technological transition and introduction of the contactless ticket between 2003 and 2019’.

This publication is in addition to the research work on the history of public transport in Madrid that can be consulted in a digital format on the CRTM website.