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The Barcelona TRAM transported at total of 26.8 million passengers in 2016, an all-time record that is 5.5% more than the previous year. Specifically, there were 17.7 passengers on the Trambaix network (up 4%) and more than 9.1 million riders on the Trambesòs network (up 8.6%).
The data obtained over the past year, in addition to showing that the TRAM hit the 26-million-passengers-per-year mark for the first time ever, shows an upward trend, taking into account that the average number of passengers on a working day consolidated its place around the 100,000 mark in October.
TRAM is modifying service on Trambaix lines T1, T2 and T3 from 1 February to improve service from 5 pm to 8 pm Monday to Thursday, adopting peak-hour service like that currently in place between 7 am and 10 am, down from 5 to 4 minutes. This new Trambaix service aims to adapt the Barcelona tram offering to demand and will be available throughout the year, except during the month of August when the T1 line is also out of service, as it is covered by line T2.
This measure, approved by the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (Metropolitan Transport Authority), is the result of a study conducted by the TRAM regarding Trambaix service over the past three years, from 2014 to 2016. The TRAM analysed how Trambaix ridership has evolved on weekdays. The study showed an important increase in passengers between 5 pm and 8 pm, similar to but not quite reaching the levels seen in morning peak hours, and that the service provided in the month of August is unwarranted by the number of users that month, as it has previously been the same as the rest of the year.