Successful fare integration implemented in Seville

  • Updated9 September 2004
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Greater Seville includes 22 municipalities for a
total population of 1.2 million inhabitants.

Achieving greater fare integration between
the 10 companies operating transport
networks on its 1,300km2 territory has been a
major objective of the Consorcio de
Transportes del Area de Sevilla, the
metropolitan transport authority since it was
set up in March 2001.

On 1st October 2002,
a first step was implemented with the
integration of fares of all metropolitan bus
operators with the introduction of a common
validation system for magnetic tickets and the
launch of 10-trips tickets valid in the whole
metropolitan area.

After one and a half year of operation, the
decrease in number of passengers witnessed
previously has been halted (12.8 million
travellers per year).

The new integrated fare
system has been consolidated and the use of
the new tickets is steadily growing.
During this period, 35 new buses have been
purchased by bus operators, 23 of which
being accessible for passengers with reduced

Simultaneously, an ambitious
programme of equipment and signposting of
bus stops has been initiated, with the
installation of 200 bus shelters and 650 bus
stop posts.

Among the most noticeable projects in the
short and medium term is the development
of SIV, a real-time information system based
on GPS technology and GPRS transmission
of data.