Today the new urban art mural at the Cornellà Centre TRAM stop has been officially inaugurated with a visit in which the Cornellà Mayor, Antoni Balmón, the Minister of Sustainability and Territory, Damià Calvet, and TRAM’s president, Felip Puig, among others, have participated. For two weeks, Iker Muro, also known by his artistic name Mur0ne, has performed an artistic mural of 1.635m2 inside the Cornellà Centre TRAM stop in Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona). This artwork, managed by the cultural entity Rebobinart, has been the first action within Art al TRAM, a project to promote quality art interventions at several stops that TRAM aims to activate over the upcoming years.

Through this project, they want to use art to revitalise these spaces and make them more pleasant. Moreover, TRAM is focusing on social and environmental values, bringing to the people a city model based on sustainability, social innovation and inclusion through art and culture. Located at street level in one of the most central parts of Cornellà de Llobregat, the Cornellà Centre TRAM stop has become a common walking area. As such, TRAM has chosen this benchmark station in the Barcelona metropolitan area to kick off the project.

Mur0ne’s figurative artistic intervention, composed by bright colours, depicts multiculturality and diversity among tram riders with a play on overlapping profiles that generate a sense of movement. The artwork, integrated in both sides of the TRAM station at Cornellà Centre, has endowed with vitality the stop creating an immersive artistic experience both for the transport users and daily pedestrians.

This is the second remodelling project of the Cornellà exchanger since the 2005 when “Trayectos” project was inaugurated in which students from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona participated, coordinated by professors Albert Valera, Lluis Doñate and Maria Josep Forcadell. The project conceived the TRAM stop at Cornellà Center as a sculptural space where different elements - graphic and three-dimensional images, signs, texts and areas of colour- manifested the idea of travel and transportation.

 

Previous remodelling of the space

 Before starting the mural, TRAM completed significant works to refurbish the lighting at the Cornellà Centre intermodal station, to improve visibility of Mur0ne’s work and reduce power use, replacing the existing lights with low-consumption LEDs.

Iker Muro is a Spanish artist and graphic designer who has been making murals in Spain and abroad since 2002. His work combines figurative and abstract art, conveying both tangible and fictional elements through vivid colours and figures influenced by the visual imagery in the cities where the artist paints.

Rebobinart is the cultural platform that is managing and producing the mural. Since it was founded in 2012, this organisation has had a clearly social philosophy of putting urban art at the service of social and cultural dynamisation of public spaces. They work to promote the most elaborate expressions of urban art and de-stigmatise the perception of an art form that is often considered vandalism and invasive. This is why they foster a professional take on urban art, helping it serve society by creating projects rooted in the area, that add value to the urban space and give residents a greater sense of belonging to their neighbourhood or district, bringing about a culture of participation and critical thinking.

TRAM, the public transport company that manages the two tram networks in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, has supported culture for some time now through collaborations with cultural organisations such as Gran Teatre del Liceu, the museums in the Articket network and local organisations in the cities the tram networks travel through. The project in Cornellà Centre further extends this line of collaborations, brining cultural expression to the people.

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Tramvia de Barcelona will modify service on Trambesòs line T4 this Sunday 10 February for the Barcelona Half Marathon, as the route runs along Avinguda Meridiana and Avinguda Diagonal.

From 7:45 to 11:50 am, there will be no service on line T4. From 11:50 am to 12:20 pm, trams should be serving stops between Estació de Sant Adrià and Glòries, and from 12:20 pm, service should resume between Glòries and Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica, once the organisers have brought the race to a close.

During the affectations in this line, TRAM will reinforce the service of the T6 line to facilitate the displacements of the area. The other lines in the tram network, Trambesos T5 and Trambaix T1, T2 and T3, will run on their normal schedule.

TRAM reminds riders that these times are approximate and will depend on the progress and organisation of the Barcelona Half Marathon.

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TRAM is kicking off a project to bring urban art to the underground walls of the tram, with cultural platform Rebobinart. Iker Muro, also known by his artistic name Mur0ne, is the artist who has been chosen to paint the first mural, 1,635 m2, between the two walls inside the Cornellà Centre tram stop in Cornellà de Llobregat. He will be working on it from 17 February to 9 March.

This work will be the first under the Art al TRAM project to promote quality art interventions at several stops in the two TRAM networks, both Trambaix and Trambesòs. The project aims to use art to revitalise these spaces and make them more pleasant. So, TRAM is focusing on social and environmental values, bringing to the people a city model based on sustainability, social innovation and inclusion through art and culture.

This is the second remodelling project of the Cornellà exchanger since the 2005 when “Trayectos” project was inaugurated in which students from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona participated, coordinated by professors Albert Valera, Lluis Doñate and Maria Josep Forcadell. The project conceived the TRAM stop at Cornellà Center as a sculptural space where different elements - graphic and threedimensional images, signs, texts and areas of colour- manifested the idea of travel and transportation.

Before starting the mural, TRAM completed significant works to refurbish the lighting at the Cornellà Centre intermodal station, to improve visibility of Mur0ne’s work and reduce power use, replacing the existing lights with low-consumption LEDs.

Mur0ne’s work will be visible starting in March, representing multiculturalism and diversity among tram riders with a play on overlapping profiles that generate a sense of movement. Located at street level in one of the most central parts of Cornellà de Llobregat, the Cornellà Centre TRAM stop has become a common walking area. As such, TRAM has chosen this benchmark station in the Barcelona metropolitan area to kick off the project.

Iker Muro is a Spanish artist and graphic designer who has been making murals in Spain and abroad since 2002. His work combines figurative and abstract art, conveying both tangible and fictional elements through vivid colours and figures influenced by the visual imagery in the cities where the artist paints.

Rebobinart is the cultural platform that is managing and producing the mural. Since it was founded in 2012, this organisation has had a clearly social philosophy of putting urban art at the service of social and cultural dynamisation of public spaces. They work to promote the most elaborate expressions of urban art and de-stigmatise the perception of an art form that is often considered vandalism and invasive. This is why they foster a professional take on urban art, helping it serve society by creating projects rooted in the area, that add value to the urban space and give residents a greater sense of belonging to their neighbourhood or district, bringing about a culture of participation and critical thinking.

TRAM, the public transport company that manages the two tram networks in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, has supported culture for some time now through collaborations with cultural organisations such as Gran Teatre del Liceu, the museums in the Articket network and local organisations in the cities the tram networks travel through. The project in Cornellà Centre further extends this line of collaborations, brining cultural expression to the people.

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Tramvia de Barcelona has been awarded quality certification for its service charter from the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR), making it the first rail transport system in Catalonia with this recognition. Plus, this body has also granted TRAM Railway Operational Safety certification, a voluntary certification held only by the Malaga Metro and MLO light rail in Madrid, which was granted to a public transport operator in Catalonia for the first time.

In 2018, TRAM published its service charter with 16 commitments regarding the quality of service, the environment, safety, customer service and social responsibility, each with quantifiable achievement indicators. In 2019, these indicators were audited and validated, and the charter has been certified as complying with UNE 93200:2008 standards.

The service charter is one of the most common tools used to explain the rules and regulations of the service to users and the commitments the provider undertakes in providing it. It is a way to set service standards and ambitious goals for continuous improvement.
This certification as complying with UNE 93200:2008 standards, therefore, makes the document proof of TRAM’s commitment to quality, going beyond merely a declaration of intentions without any verifiable path.

Railway Safety certification

TRAM has also been granted Railway Operational Safety certification by AENOR, which is proof of compliance with safety regulations or guidelines created according to the criteria in European and national railway safety regulations.

This certification shows TRAM’s commitment to safety, one of the company’s core values, and means that all tram and metro operators are working together to achieve benchmark standards. The end goal is to ensure that everyone can work in the safety conditions required by both the administration and the parties involved.

Plus, TRAM periodically certifies various aspects of its services and activities, such as quality management, to ISO 9001:2015 standards; environmental management, to ISO 14001:2015 standards; occupational health and safety, to OSHAS 18001:2007 standards; and the AENOR certificate for Public Passenger Transport Service UNE EN 13816:2003.

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Tramvia de Barcelona did more than 29.8 million trips in 2019, an all-time record in TRAM history and up 2.36% from the previous year. Specifically, there were 29,772,109 trips: 20,226,482 on Trambaix (up 6.12%) and 9,545,627 on Trambesòs (down 4.8%).

The data compiled from last year, in addition to showing that TRAM is very close to reaching 30 million trips per year, show an upward trend, with ticket validations rising more than one million a year from 2013 through last year, when the rise was nearly 700,000 trips.

The drop in trips on Trambesòs is due to the fact that the tram did fewer trips in the first quarters of 2019, from 27 January to 25 April, when service was cut between Glòries and Can Jaumandreu stations due to works on the tunnels at Plaça de les Glòries. The section affected by the works carried out by the Barcelona City Council was covered by a shuttle service.

Since TRAM was launched in 2004, passengers have taken more than 364,540,919 trips on the tram. The Trambaix network, with three lines (T1, T2 and T3) and 29 stops, has been used by 247 million riders since it began operating. The Trambesòs network, which also has three lines (T4, T5 and T6) and 27 stops, has been used by over 116 million passengers.

The Trambaix network began service on 3 April 2004 and the Trambesòs network on 8 May that same year. The number of trips taken on Tramvia de Barcelona has grown steadily since it went into operation, with the only exceptions being 2010 and 2012.

 

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TRAM is hosting a new activity at La Ciutat dels Somnis (The City of Dreams). This children’s festival kicks off on Friday 27 December, at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc fairgrounds and runs through Thursday 2 January.

The “TRAMQUIZZ” activity will explain how a tram works, what the TRAM team does and what driving staff do to make sure public transport runs smoothly.

The various learning elements with explanations and pictures of the tram and tram facilities prepare the children to take the TRAMQUIZZ trivia questionnaire and see what they’ve learnt.

The booth with have a learning space and a photocall. Plus, children and families who visit the TRAM booth will get cut-outs of a tram to put together on cardboard.

The activity is geared towards children from 4 to 12 years old and, within the Children’s Festival, is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Affordable and clean energy; Decent work and economic growth and Sustainable cities and communities.

Children’s festival

La Ciutat dels Somnis 2019 is the third edition of the new format of the traditional children’s festival. This year, it is back with more days for children aged 4 to 12 to have fun while learning about all the professions that make a big city like Barcelona work. So, the fairgrounds will be filled with supermarkets, security guards, sports groups, architects, veterinarians and more, plus the tram, which offers a sustainable connection between the city and other towns in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region.

All the activities are aligned with one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and adopted with the 2030 Agenda.

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