|Actual service||1980 (under current RENFE branding)|
|Operator||FGC and Renfe|
|Service type||commuter rail|
|Territory||Alt and Baix Penedès, Anoia,
Bages, Baix Llobregat,
Garraf, Maresme, Osona, Ripollès, Selva,
Vallès Occidental and Oriental
|Gauge||Renfe: 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 21⁄32 in);
FGC: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) and 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)
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.
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.
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.
|Barcelona-Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Terrassa-Rambla|
|Barcelona-Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Sabadell-Rambla|
|Barcelona-Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Rubí|
|Barcelona Plaça Catalunya - Sant Cugat - Universitat Autónoma|
An orbital line is scheduled for 2016.
- 463, 464, 465 (Civia) series
- 447 series
- 450 series
- 451 series
Delays and other incidents
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.
- Transport in Barcelona
- Autoritat del Transport Metropolità
- Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya
- Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona
- Barcelona Metro
- Trambaix, Trambesòs and Tramvia Blau