BusinessThe number of users of public transport increased by 21% in October to close to 430 million

The number of users of public transport increased by 21% in October to close to 430 million

A Renfe AVE parked on one of the tracks of the Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes station on the occasion of the start of the Constitution Bridge, on December 2, 2022, in Madrid (Spain). – A. Perez Meca – Europa Press


More than 429.2 million passengers used public transport last October, which represents 21% of the same month of 2021, according to data made public this Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) which ensures that the urban transport increased by 19.1% in the annual rate and interurban by 26.7%. Within the interurban, the 35.6% increase in rail transport stands out.

The variation rate of the number of public transport passengers in Spain for the month of October compared to September was 8.9%.

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INE data show that urban transport in Spain was used by more than 257 million passengers in October, 19.1%
more than in the same month of the year 2021.

Metro transport increased by 21.1% in the annual rate. The Palma metro presented the greatest increase (48.3%) and the Bilbao metro the least (12.1%). Among the cities that have a metro, the largest increase in bus transport was registered in Palma (52.7%), and the smallest in Bilbao (10.2%).

Urban bus transport increased by 17.7% in October compared to the same month in 2021, according to INE data.

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All the autonomous communities presented positive annual rates in this type of transport. The greatest increases occurred in Extremadura (27.1%), Castilla – La Mancha (23.7%) and the Valencian Community (22%). In turn, Pais Vasco (14%), Galicia (14.1%) and Aragon (14.5%) registered the smallest increases.

More than 123.5 million travelers used interurban transport in October, representing an increase of 26.7% compared to the same month in 2021, according to data from the statistical institute.

By type of transport, rail grew 35.6%, air 26.1%, bus 20.2% and maritime 10.1%.

Cercanias increased 17.3% in bus transport and 33.7% in rail transport. The medium distance grew by 26.7% in bus transport and 79.3% in rail.

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Lastly, long distance increased by 48% in bus transport and 22.6% in rail. Within the latter, High Speed ​​grew by 24.2%.

With regard to special and discretionary transport, more than 48.6 million users used special and discretionary transport in October, which represents an increase of 17.3% in the annual rate.

The number of special transport passengers rose 1% and exceeds 31.5 million users. Within this, school fees fell by 2.3%, while labor fees increased by 13.9%.

For its part, discretionary transport grew by 67.1% compared to the same month in 2021, with more than 17 million passengers.


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