Good Practice

High Performance Bus Network — Exprés.Cat

Introducing new services to match surface area public transport supply with public demand.

Catalan Government
Local policy


In 2012, a new bus service was introduced — a brand-new rapid transit system (BRT) named


In the last ten years, demand for intercity bus transport in Catalonia has grown 57%. In 2012, the regional bus network already comprised more than 700 lines with 53.1 million trips per year

POLICY DESCRIPTION lines have been designed to connect large and medium-sized cities with Catalonia’s four main centres – Barcelona (19 lines), Girona (7 lines), Tarragona (7 lines), and Lleida (7 lines).


  • High frequency during peak hours, and new direct bus services.
  • High and competitive commercial speeds: high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) bus lanes, priority at traffic intersections, etc.
  • Real-time information: bus stops with real-time dynamic information panels, as well as information on board.
  • New lines incorporated into the integrated fare system.
  • Improved intermodality with other modes of transport using 100% accessible vehicles.
  • More sustainable, comfortable and biodiesel-powered vehicles, with added value services such as Wi-Fi and free newspapers.
  • New image: is promoted with a new corporate image to enhance visibility among users and facilitate rapid identification.
  • Network financed through a public-private partnership (PPP). Buses funded by operators (66%) and government (33%); brand image managed by operators, and real-time info system by government.


41 of 43 planned lines have been implemented, with an increase in supply from 5 September 2022.

Network assessment to date confirms that quality matters: riders have increased on all lines in service, and respondents in satisfaction surveys give an average score of more than 8 out of 10.


Devant Abelló

Head of Equality Promotion

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