- The Minister Arcadi España has highlighted that progress is looking more positive in comparison to previous weeks.
- Metrovalencia registered 3,266,593 passengers and TRAM d’Alacant registered 588,451.
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) allowed 3,855,044 transport users to travel in March this year, which has meant an increase of 11.84% compared to the same period in 2020 when, starting 14th March, confinement began and mobility restrictions due to COVID-19 were put in place.
In order to analyse these results and their evolution, the Minister of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, and the Managing Director of FGV, Anaïs Menguzzato, held a work meeting and later visited one of the stations in the Metrovalencia network.
As explained by the Minister “these results mean that, for the first time in a year, a positive balance has been achieved in the monthly results of Metrovalencia and TRAM d’Alacant passengers since the beginning of the restrictions applied due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, thus maintaining a positive trend compared to previous weeks”.
In Metrovalencia the number of journeys was 3,266,593 and represents an increase of 8.63%, while in the TRAM d’Alacant network the increase compared to March last year is 33.86%, with 588,451 passengers registered.
The results for March also represent a significant increase over the previous month, when weekend mobility restrictions were still in place. FGV registered 2,780,078 journeys in February, 39.61% of the accumulated journeys in the same month in 2020. The increase from February to March this year was 38.67%.
Arcadi España also pointed out that “throughout these twelve months, FGV has at all times maintained the metro and tram service in Valencia and Alicante and has been adapting it to the guidelines established by the state and regional authorities”.
“At the same time, we have been adopting different measures of prevention, cleaning and care for users, implementing, for example, a very innovative measure such as the incorporation of the COVID-19 Assistants to ensure a transport service in the maximum safety conditions,” said the Minister.
In Metrovalencia, the six metro lines accounted for 2,864,965 journeys in March and the three tram lines in operation reached 401,628 journeys.
The metro line that transported the most people was Line 3 (Rafelbunyol/Aeroport) with 4634.55 passengers; followed by Line 5 (Marítim-Serrería/Aeroport) with 485.785.286; Line 1 (Bétera/Villanueva de Castellón) with 484,886; Line 2 (Llíria-Torrent Avinguda) with 469,182; Line 9 (Alboraya Peris Aragó/Riba-roja de Túria) with 406,472; and finally Line 7 (Marítim-Serrería/Torrent Avinguda) with 384,085 customers.
In the case of the tram, Line 4 (Mas del Rosari/Doctor Lluch) recorded the most journeys with 302,855, followed by Line 6 (Tossal del Rei/Marítim-Serrería) with 85,967, and Line 8 (Marina Reial/Marítim-Serrería), which had 12,806 users.
In terms of traffic by stations, Xàtiva (L3, L5 and L9) was in first place with 217,253 journeys; in second place Colón (L3, L5, L7 and L9) with 188,400, and in third place Àngel Guimerà (L1, L2, L3, L5 and L9), with 150,689 journeys.
According to the distribution by lines in TRAM d’Alacant, Line 2, which connects Luceros with San Vicent del Raspeig, was the most used with 248,560 journeys; followed by Line 1, which connects Luceros and Benidorm, which reached 110,781; Line 3, which connects Luceros with El Campello, 104,218; Line 4, which links Luceros with Plaza La Coruña, 64,658; Line 5, linking Porta del Mar and Plaza La Coruña, accumulated 33,879; and Line 9, which runs between Benidorm and Denia, 26,355 trips.
In terms of traffic by station, Luceros once again led the ranking, with 88,388 users. It was followed by Mercado, with 51,562, and in third position Sant Vicent del Raspeig, with 38,186.