Cercanías (Spanish: [θerkaˈni.as]) is the name given to the commuter rail systems of Spain's major metropolitan areas. In Catalonia and the Valencian Community, the term is replaced by Rodalies (Catalan: [ruðəˈɫi.əs]) or, in singular, Rodalia (Valencian: [roðaˈli.a]), while the designation Aldirikoak (Basque: [aldiɾikoak]) is used in the Basque Country.
Operated by the national rail company RENFE, Cercanías are in the process of being transferred to the regional autonomous governments, that is the case of Rodalies de Catalunya which has already been handed over to the Catalan Government.
There are currently twelve Cercanías systems in Spain: Asturias, Bilbao, Catalonia, Cádiz, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia/Alicante, Santander, San Sebastián, Seville, Valencia, and Zaragoza. It is well linked to Metro systems in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Bilbao.
The Madrid network was the target of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. The attacks, which killed 191 people in Santa Eugenia, El Pozo and Atocha stations, were the bloodiest terrorist actions in Spain to date.
List of Cercanías routes
- Cercanías Asturias
- Rodalies de Catalunya (serves Barcelona city, metropolitan area and province, as well as parts of Girona and Tarragona provinces)
- Rodalies Barcelona (serves Barcelona city, metropolitan area and province)
- Cercanías Bilbao (Bilboko Aldiriak)
- Cercanías Cádiz
- Cercanías Madrid
- Cercanías Málaga
- Cercanías Murcia/Alicante (Rodalia de Múrcia/Alacant)
- Cercanías Santander
- Cercanías San Sebastian (Donostiako Aldiriak)
- Cercanías Sevilla
- Cercanías Valencia (Rodalia de València)
- Cercanías Zaragoza
The Cercanías services use these rolling stock:
Renfe Cercanías is going to be transferred to the Autonomous Communities.
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