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The CTB presents the I Bilbao Charity Photo Marathon prizes

The CTB General Manager, Gorka Ugalde, presented the prizes at the CTB Office at San Mamés station and thanked the participants. Karen Amaia Bilbao won the “Public Transport” category for her “Circula en verde" photograph.

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Notice for users of the BEC park & ride

Due to the Machine-tool Biennial, the park & ride facility at the BEC will not be operational in the week of 28 May – 1 June. Please excuse any inconvenience.


CTB has installed energy economizer equipments for a set of Bilbao Metropolitan Railway escalators

In 2016, CTB [Bizkaia Transport Consortium] launched a call to tender to supply and install economizer equipment for a set of Bilbao Metropolitan Railway (FMB) escalators. The project aimed to fit systems to the escalators that would lead to significant savings in electricity and whose economic and technical feasibility had been previously demonstrated in a prototype.

ThyssenKrupp Elevadores, as the successful bidder, executed the contract in 2017.

The cost of the supply was €165,041.14 (including VAT) and the implementation period was 6 months. This project received funding from the Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE), an entity under the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda, as part of the grant programme for energy efficiency measures in the railway sector, a programme that in turn is part of the Sustainable Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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CTB welcomes delegation from Ukraine wishing to learn about Barik system

This morning the CTB (Bizkaia Transport Consortium) welcomed an official visit from a Ukrainian delegation who wished to see Bizkaia’s public transport system for themselves. CTB General Manager Gorka Ugalde acted as host for the visitors, who included staff from the municipal authorities in Lviv interested in the process of creating, implementing and managing the Barik system across all areas and modes of public transport in Bizkaia, and in its impact on sustainable mobility in the territory.


CTB’s Barik NFC app has now been used for over 275,000 top-ups

CTB’s Barik NFC app has now been used for over 275,000 top-ups, with an average of 645 per day. 131,134 users have now downloaded this free app which enables Barik cards to be topped up from mobile phones running on Android.
In 2017 the OPEM (Spanish Office of Patents & Marks) granted a patent to the CTB (Bizkaia Transport Consortium) for this pioneering system for topping up Barik cards via mobile phones while safeguarding the security of the general system.
There are currently almost 1.6 million Barik cards in circulation.

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The Transport Consortium of Biscay will take part in the Children's Christmas Park

The Transport Consortium of Biscay, in collaboration with Metro Bilbao, will take part again this year in the Children's Christmas Park with the installation of a stand for the entertainment of children and young people. The aim is to promote the use of public transport and the Barik card.

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CTB approves €26 million in investments to enable ongoing work to continue

The Board of CTB (the Bizkaia Transport Consortium) met at the corporate headquarters in Bilbao at midday today and approved investment to the tune of €26 million, which will enable actions and strategic infrastructure work already ongoing to be continued in 2018.

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The CTB is to begin work to replace the roof of the Metro station at Gobela

El Consorcio de Transportes de Bizkaia (CTB) iniciará el próximo lunes 13 de noviembre las obras de sustitución de la cubierta de la estación de metro de Gobela en Getxo. Las labores, que cuentan con un plazo de ejecución de 6 semanas y un presupuesto de 60.000 euros, se centrarán en la marquesina para protección de las personas usuarias.

La misma está formada por una estructura principal de acero de la que suspenden unas placas de hormigón. El motivo de la reforma es el mal estado en el que se encuentran las mismas a consecuencia de las inclemencias del tiempo. Así, se ha resuelto la ejecución de un canalón central para el correcto desagüe del agua de lluvia.

La primera semana, del 13 hasta las 06.00 de la mañana del día 18 de noviembre, las obras obligarán al cierre de la estación, si bien las labores se desarrollarán en horario nocturno durante las cinco siguientes semanas. A lo largo de las seis semanas de obras, tampoco se podrá aparcar en la avenida de Negubide ni acceder de 23.00 a 06.00 horas.

Recordar que, a pesar de que la estación quede cerrada, los trenes circularan con normalidad. Las y los usuarios de la estación de Gobela deberán utilizar durante esos 5 dias de la primera semana las estaciones de Areeta o Neguri.


CTB awards contracts for investment in excess of €8 million in Metro Bilbao

The main projects include the tender for the back-up control centre at the centralised control centre, for the amount of €2.4 million. The facilities at the Ariz depot in Basauri will house this new centre, which will take over operation of all Metro systems should a serious incident knock out the current control centre at Calle Navarra 2

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An agreement between institutions is to enable Bizkaia to have 11 joint customer service offices (OAC) for public transport.

They are to begin operating on 7 November, and will deal with complaints and claims involving all operators. They will be able to manage and issue personalised Barik transport cards and other Barik transactions. They will also offer general information on timetables, lines, journeys, fares, etc. for all the operators signed up to the system.


Metro Bilbao welcomes official delegation from Romania interested in learning first-hand about public transport in Bizkaia

Yesterday Metro Bilbao received an official visit from a Romanian delegation interested in learning first-hand about public transport in Bizkaia. Metro Bilbao’s general Manager Eneko Arruebarrena and the General Manger of CTB (Bizkaia Transport Consortium) Manu Tejada hosted the group from Romania, chaired by Iustin Cionca, with Silviu Huduzeu as deputy chair, which also included the mayors of Hunedoara and Timis, Mircea Flaviu and Calin Ionel.


CTB welcomes official delegation from Colombia interested in learning about Public Transport in Bizkaia

Yesterday afternoon the CTB (Bizkaia Transport Consortium) received an official visit from a Colombian delegation interested in learning first-hand about public transport in Bizkaia. The Secretaries of Planning at the offices of the mayors of Manizales, Montería, Cali and Pasto, who are visiting the Basque Country this week, wished to learn how matters of sustainable mobility and structured development of transport were handled here, and to find out more about the track record, development and funding of our Metro and railways.


CTB patens App for topping up Barik Cards via mobile devices.

Following a methodical process lasting two years, with the patent being valid throughout Spain for 20 years.

This achievement confirms the position of CTB (The “Bizkaia Transport Consortium”) as a pioneer in R&D&I and an innovative, cutting-edge organisation that works to make Bizkaia a more closely knit, cohesive territory via public transport.

The free “Barik NFC” app has now been used by 67,498 people for over 200,500 top-ups, with an average of 352 top-ups per day in its first year, 427 in 2017 so far and 537 in September.

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CTB is to earmark €2.5 million in funding for a new control centre at Metro Bilbao which will be used in case of serious incidents.

This back-up control centre will be installed at the Ariz depot in Basauri, which will take over control of the operation of all systems on the network should a serious incident knock out the current control centre at Calle Navarra 2.

Work is already ongoing to adapt the Metro’s interlock systems, to the tune of a further €400,000, to ready them for use with the new back-up control centre.

The current control centre is also to be fitted with additional traffic management functions to upgrade its internal operation.

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CTB earmarks over €4 million for improvements in safety, reliability & comfort on Metro Bilbao

The main actions include refurbishing the track between Ibarbengoa and Larrabasterra at a cost of €2,194,794 and purchasing a new lathe to repair and optimise wheels at the maintenance sheds in Sopela at a cost of €1,149,500. In its meeting this morning the CTB also approved the early repayment of two loans using the remaining budget allocation from last year, and gave the go-ahead for the funding of improvements in the sewerage and water supply networks for the below-ground area in Urduliz.

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Artxanda funicular railway obtains TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence

The Artxanda funicular railway has obtained the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running. This is the 7th edition of these recognitions, which are awarded on the basis of favourable reviews from users on the TripAdvisor website.

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Prizes from CTB for best pictures of public transport in Bizkaia in 2017

At the San Nicolás station today, CTB General Manager Manu Tejada announced the winners of the 4th “A Look at Public Transport in Bizkaia” photo contest. He thanked contestants for all the 352 entries submitted. The winning pictures were those of Iñaki Alonso in the category of “Our Public Transport], Manuela Gallardo in “My Life on Public Transport” and José Ignacio Olabarria in “Innovations and Improvements in Public Transport in Bizkaia”. The consolation prize went to Cristina Vañes.


CTB sells 41,112 new tickets in May: 7000 more than with the old ticketing system

The Bizkaia Transport Consortium (CTB) rates the first full, comparable month since the introduction of the new one-off multi-mode tickets on 8 March. The new system has proven to respond well to the demand from public transport users in Bizkaia.

The usual customer service points of Metro Bilbao, Euskotren, Bizkaibus, Bilbobus, Renfe and the CTB Customer Service Office (OAC) at San Mamés continue to offer information and advice on which tickets best suit users in each case.

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247 pupils from schools in the Ezkerraldea, Meatzaldea and Enkarterri areas who have taken part in the ACTÍVATE+ programme are receiving recognition for their efforts today.

In an event held at the municipal theatre in Barakaldo with the participation of Provincial Councillor for Sustainability and the Natural Environment Elena Unzueta, Head of Environmental Affairs at the Provincial Council fo Biuzkaia Unai Gangoiti, Head of Natural Heritage and Climate Change Affairs at the Basque Government Aitor Zulueta and Chairman of GAP Internacional Carlos Oppe, the pupils in question received diplomas acknowledging their involvement in Actívate+.

The jury for the programme also awarded the prizes for the best projects out of all those submitted by the 19 schools that took part in the scheme this year.

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1st meeting of Bizkaia Mobility Authority approves wording of 2018-2028 Strategic Plan for Public Transport in Bizkaia

TAmong other points, the plan is to analyse possible shortcomings, overlaps and duplications in the various modes of transport and work towards the implementation of a far integration system.
The first meeting of this new institutional cooperation body also approved the setting up of new integrated customer service offices.

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