Rodalies Barcelona

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Rodalies Barcelona
First service 1848
Actual service 1980 (under current RENFE branding)
Operator FGC and Renfe
Authority ATM Barcelona
Service type commuter rail
Territory Alt and Baix Penedès, Anoia,
Bages, Baix Llobregat,
Cerdanya, Barcelonès,
Garraf, Maresme, Osona, Ripollès, Selva,
Vallès Occidental and Oriental
Lines 15
Stations 228
Gauge Renfe: 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in);
FGC: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) and 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
FGC lines
Barcelona-Vallès
S1 barcelona.svg Terrassa S2 barcelona.svg Sabadell
S5 barcelona.svg Rubí S55 barcelona.svg UAB
Llobregat-Anoia
S33 barcelona.svg Can Ros S4 barcelona.svg Olesa de Montserrat
S8 barcelona.svg Martorell Enllaç R5 barcelona.svg Manresa
R6 barcelona.svg Igualada R50 barcelona.svg Manresa
R60 barcelona.svg Igualada
Rodalies Barcelona
R1 barcelona.svg Line R1 R2 barcelona.svg Line R2
R3 barcelona.svg Line R3 R4 barcelona.svg Line R4
R7 barcelona.svg Line R7 R8 barcelona.svg Line R8
other Rodalies lines
R5 barcelona.svg Manresa R6 barcelona.svg Igualada
R50 barcelona.svg Manresa R60 barcelona.svg Igualada
25 railtransportation.svg Orbital line (in project)
A RENFE "Civia" Rodalies train
Rodalies train (Class 447) between Calella and Sant Pol de Mar.
Rodalies Barcelona lines operated by RENFE and FGC (distances not to scale)

Rodalies Barcelona, in full Rodalies de Barcelona (Catalan pronunciation: [ruðəˈɫi.əz ðə βərsəˈɫonə], Spanish: Cercanías Barcelona), is the commuter rail service that serves Barcelona, and its metropolitan area as well as other parts of the province.

Rodalies Barcelona is made up of 13 lines, 6 of which are operated by the Spanish company RENFE and 7 by Generalitat-owned FGC. The whole network—and fare system—is further divided into six concentrical areas, with Estació de Sants as its centre. Rodalies trains are fare-integrated with the Barcelona Metro network and a few other means of transport in the city, sharing stations and also running mostly underground in Barcelona and its adjacent municipalities.

Rodalies Lines[edit]

The names of the lines, unlike the equivalent Cercanías lines in other Spanish cities, all start with R, using a naming convention based on the Catalan name of the service. Less often they can be found named with an initial C, following the naming convention used elsewhere.

In the centre of Barcelona, there are two underground trunk routes, namely the Aragó tunnel (ca:Túnel d'Aragó) which starts at Barcelona Sants station and ends after El Clot-Aragó station and used by line R2/R2 Nord/R2 Sud and a short section of lines R1, R3 and R4, and the Meridiana tunnel (ca:Túnel de Meridiana) which branches off from the Aragó tunnel after Sants and ends after Sant Andreu Arenal station, and used by lines R1, R3, R4 and a short stretch of line R7.

Lines Route
R1 barcelona.svg Molins de Rei - L'Hospitalet del Llobregat - Mataró - Arenys de Mar - Calella - Blanes - Maçanet-Massanes
R2N barcelona.svg Aeroport - Granollers Centre - Sant Celoni - Maçanet-Massanes
R2 barcelona.svg Castelldefels - Granollers Centre
R2S barcelona.svg Sant Vicenç de Calders - Vilanova i Geltrú - Castelldefels - Estació de França
R3 barcelona.svg L'Hospitalet del Llobregat - Granollers Canovelles - La Garriga - Vic - Ripoll - Ribes de Fresser - Puigcerdà - La tor de Querol
R4 barcelona.svg Sant Vicenç de Calders - Vilafranca del Panedès - Martorell - L'Hospitalet del Llobregat - Sabadell - Terrassa - Manresa
R7 barcelona.svg Sant Andreu Arenal - Cerdanyola Universitat
R8 barcelona.svg Martorell - Granollers Centre (vía Cerdanyola Universitat)

FGC lines[edit]

Main article: FGC suburban lines

FGC is going to become the only company in charge of Rodalies, and nowadays operates two of the main Rodalies lines. Besides, FGC also built commuter train lines of its own, known as S- or suburban lines, which are discussed in their own article.

Line Barcelona-Vallès[edit]

Line Route
S1 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Terrassa-Rambla
S2 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Sabadell-Rambla
S5 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Rubí
S55 barcelona.svg Barcelona Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Universitat Autónoma

Line Llobregat-Anoia[edit]

Line Route
S33 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Can Ros
S4 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Martorell Enllaç - Olesa de Montserrat
S8 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Martorell Enllaç
R5 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Martorell Enllaç - Aeri de Montserrat - Monistrol de Montserrat - Manresa
R6 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Martorell Enllaç - Igualada
R50 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Martorell Central - Aeri de Montserrat - Manresa (Semidirect)
R60 barcelona.svg Barcelona-Plaça Espanya - Martorell Central - Igualada (Semidirect)

Announced lines[edit]

An orbital line is scheduled for 2016.

Rolling stock[edit]

  • 463, 464, 465 (Civia) series
  • 447 series
  • 450 series
  • 451 series

Delays and other incidents[edit]

Renfe has received much criticism in the past few years[when?] because of what has been called an irregular service, due to its frequent delays, outages and other incidents, further aggravated by the implementation of high-speed rail (see AVE) in Barcelona. The company introduced Devolución XPRESS, which eases ticket refund to passengers who had to cope with delays of over 15 minutes. Also, the Ministry of Public Works stated a larger budget would be offered in order to improve rail infrastructure in Barcelona.

Stations[edit]

See also[edit]