The mobility sector in global cities has undergone a great transformation in the past years by adapting to the latest urban needs and trends and offering a wider range of options when wanting to go from one place to another (in a much more sustainable and safe way). Such mobility methods use technology to streamline all journeys, to effectively manage the entire innercity and outer-ring transport network.
Barcelona's mobility needs to face a major change in the way how it is being administered and executed, in order to ensure optimal compliance with the best standards of quality of life, environmental health, competitivity of the key financial sectors, quality of employment, and movement of people and goods.
To carry out a strategic think-through with more than 60 members, experts, and key mobility sector stakeholders, to elaborate concrete proposals for a new mobility model for Barcelona and its metropolitan area.
To achieve this agreement, the document details that we must avoid local or one-off solutions, it is necessary to act with a long-term vision, a metropolitan perspective and focus on elements of consensus. The report identifies 9:
- Mobility must be conceived, designed and executed in terms of the Metropolitan Region, in which the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) plays a key role, understanding this to be the area of the suburban rail network. In this sense, the need to integrate the State into the TMA (not only as an observer) is highlighted, as well as the participation "in a decisive manner" of private actors and a more important role of the large public transport operators.
- Mobility is a field of clear and necessary public collaboration, more so taking into account the new mobility systems.
- The rapid deployment of committed investments by the administrations in public transport and, in particular, the metro, rail and suburban railway, is essential.
- Technology is key to mobility in a city like Barcelona, both for the use that can be made of available data in mobility management and planning and in the whole emerging concept of shared mobility.
- It is essential to find solutions to intelligently regulate access to Barcelona by private vehicle.
- The distribution of goods is one of the elements that requires greater and better intervention so that it is agile, efficient and does not mean yet another element of pollution and saturation of Barcelona.
- The energy transition associated with the New Green Deal and the associated European funds is an opportunity for Barcelona to develop a system of mobility that is a reference for its sustainability and based on the use of technology.
- A model of mobility must be created that integrates all types of alternatives, uses and ways of guaranteeing sustainable, accessible and efficient mobility
- Barcelona can become an urban laboratory of reference in connectivity and global mobility to establish new concepts of vehicles, 5G connectivity, and new transformations that adapt to new urban needs.
As a large metropolitan agreement and based on the consensus identified, it must be able to deploy specific key proposals to make Greater Barcelona a safer, healthier, more sustainable, more accessible and more competitive city with a higher quality of life for its citizens. "As a city, we cannot afford to make this an object of political controversy or to delay solutions that have been proposed for a long time", stresses the document, which identifies 15 proposals to start working on:
- The need for a public-private instrument for planning and managing mobility with an overall view. The report points out that the "optimum" instrument is the Metropolitan Transport Authority, which should give its governance to all the administrations (and specifically the Spanish government) and the private sector.
- Accelerate investments that lead to efficient and sustainable public transport The experts insist that Barcelona's mobility needs the implementation of the agreed infrastructure plan and the deployment of the improvements in suburban trains foreseen in the 2008-2015 suburban plan.
- Implement the urban toll (both at the entrance to the city and in the car park) as a measure to regulate access to Barcelona and the financing of public transport.
- To create metropolitan car parks in railway stations under the Park & Ride concept.
- Development of Business Travel Plans and teleworking.
- Continue to make progress in speed reduction solutions in the centre.
- Car parks and stations as service hubs for mobility and the community.
- Big Data as a tool for planning and managing metropolitan mobility.
- Shared mobility to make Barcelona a reference point.
- The opportunity to develop a Maas (Mobility as a Service) platform aimed at improving efficiency, service quality, intermodality and incentives for users of metropolitan mobility.
- Rejuvenating and decarbonising the private vehicle fleet and the fleets associated with public services.
- The need to update the taxi service in Barcelona.
- An urban network that facilitates and regulates the distribution of goods under conditions of sustainability and efficiency.
- Tourism as an activity that needs to be fully integrated into the metropolitan mobility system.
- Barcelona could become a reference urban laboratory for global mobility.
José Adell Duacastella (Grupo Julià), Mar Alarcón (Social Car), Alberto Alcober (Inmobiliaria Colonial), Gemma Batlle (Eurecat), Timo Buetefisch (Cooltra), Eva Bufi (Ardana Consultants), Luis Cabrera (CBRE), Albert Cagigós (Deloitte), Pere Calvet (FGC), Martí Casamajó (everis), Chema Casas (Telefónica), Carles Casas (FGC), Mayte Castillo (Renfe), Salvador Clave (Aucerna), Maria Josep Coral (RACC), Maarten de Jongh (Norgestion), Miguel Ferrer (Glovo), Maria Rosa Fiol (AEBALL), Elena Foguet (Value Retail), Carlos Galcerán (COGESA), Juan Galiardo (Uber), Teresa García-Milà (Barcelona GSE), Simeón García-Nieto (EY), Raül Gonzalez (Cellnex Telecom), Pau Guardans (Único Hotels), Joan Guzmán (Autopistas Abertis), Oscar Iniesta (LLYC), Eva Jodar (CBRE), Patricia Kunkel (Kunkel Consulting), Josep Laborda (Factual), Teresa Lloret (Kreab), Maria Teresa Machado (Hábil Hábitat), Gabriel Martínez (Banc Sabadell), Francesc Parellada (Restaurant 7 Portes), Núria Paricio (Barcelona Oberta), Pol Pau (BusUp), Enric Pérez (Cellnex Telecom), Lluis Pitarch (Uber), Lluis Puerto (RACC), Joan Enric Ricart (IESE Business School), Raimon Ripoll (Deloitte), Miquel Roca (RACC), Álvaro Rocabayera (Emprendedor), Laura Ródenas (Golden Hotels & Experiences), Guillermo Ruiz (Banc Sabadell), Carmen Santana (Archikubik), Vicente Segura (Deloitte), Daniel Serra (EIT Urban Mobility), Christoph Spieker (SEAT), Xavier Tapias (SDIN), David Toeg, Salvador Tomas (Dupont), Joan Torres, Joan Viaplana (SABA).