TMB awarded study of integrated fare system for public transport in Cuenca, Ecuador

TMB awarded study of integrated fare system for public transport in Cuenca, Ecuador :Through its company, Metro, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has been commissioned by Cuenca City Council to undertake complementary studies to implement an integrated fare system for mass public transport that includes the tram and urban, micro regional and inter-urban buses.

The study covers the period 2012-2044 and will include a definition of all the elements necessary in an integrated fare system, an implementation plan and recommendations for selecting the most appropriate technology to guarantee the success of the proposal. The work is scheduled to last six months and will be carried out by 16 specialists.

Promoting collective transport

Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador, with more than 500,000 inhabitants in the city and its sphere of influence. With the introduction of the new fare system, the local authorities aim to increase the potential of collective transport over private vehicles, reduce transfer costs for users, improve operation of the transport system and minimise fare evasion.

In 2012, as a step prior to the construction of the Cuenca tramway, currently underway, TMB was involved in the supervision of complementary and basic engineering studies of the city’s primary transport network, in conjunction with spanish engineering firm Ayesa.

TMB operates the 102.6 km-long metro network in Barcelona, which includes 141 stations and transported 370 million passengers in 2013. In its capacity as an international consultancy, it has previously participated in other activities on the American continent, related to the transport systems of Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Lima and Panama City. Last year it was commissioned by the Ecuadorean Government to carry out a viability study of a new freight rail network for the South American country, which has a population of 15 million.

Cuenca tramway

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