Tarragona as the first Spanish city with universally free busses

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The mobility revolution in Tarragona leading to a more sustainable city is, nowadays, one of the points announced for the beginning of 2019 as a city project Gustavo Cuadrado

To this end, Tarragona aims to become the first Spanish city to offer a universally free bus service through EMT (municipal bus company) after already being the pioneer in offering a free service to children, young people and the elderly.

The measure is forecast over a four-year period applying a 25% discount annually during the next mandate to the various bus passes and, therefore, the first reduction will be applied at the start of the new year.

This is a clear call towards social and urban transformation that will, on one hand, foster and increase the use of public transport and, on the other, will link all the centres and districts within the city. This will also entail turning the Battestini car park into the main EMT station in the city centre and this will enhance transfers and intermodality.

Towards a more sustainable and less contaminating city

Keeping the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) 100% public means that a gradual renewal of the bus fleet is also forecast, bringing in more efficient and less contaminating vehicles.

It should be taken into account that, with capacity for between 20 and 80 passengers, a bus transports more people in one space, occupies 20 times less than private vehicles and, therefore, energy consumption and emissions per passenger are also much less.

Finally, the creation of an easy access and flexible TT card for the municipal services is also a clear bet on innovation and technology for the benefit of the citizens, following the central concepts and parameters of the Tarragona Smart Mediterranean Region Foundation and its positioning towards initiatives aimed at improving quality of life, sustainability and the efficient management of services, innovating with materials, resources and models through know-how, technology and innovation.

In essence, a better Tarragona, a more advanced city, a smart city.

Gustavo Cuadrado Moya

Tarragona Smart Mediterranean City , Executive Director




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Tarragona and Reus, embryo of a smart region

Gustavo Cuadrado Moya

Tarragona and Reus, embryo of a smart region

Tarragona and Reus, through the Tarragona Smart Mediterranean City Foundation, continue advancing in their task to improve citizens’ quality of life and to promote a sustainable environment, both economically and environmentally, through new technologies and innovation. This leads to ever more efficient resource and service management, in addition to fostering ever more active citizen integration and participation when faced with an ever more demanding society.

When these goals work, which is the case here, horizons broaden. In this context, and with a territorial vision, is how the Smart Mediterranean Region emerges. The concept of region aims to create synergies and support among the many municipalities with the goal of agreeing on a set of policies and programmes aimed at transforming Tarragona on a regional scale and extrapolate it to other cities, regions and territories in the Mediterranean.


Faced with a polyhedral and global world, the vision of an emerging Mediterranean region allows us to focus our efforts on making the Mediterranean smart cities a powerful engine for the region’s growth and transformation.

For this milestone, it is all-important to foster the efficient and sustainable use of water and, likewise, energy efficiency through the responsible use of energy resources and their consumption. At the same time, a cohesive territory that has more efficient and less contaminating means of transport, leading to more sustainable mobility. Also, to encourage healthy habits towards health and good eating through the Mediterranean diet. And, finally, to take advantage of the artistic and cultural wealth in the region as a tourist and heritage pole of attraction.

It is in this way that the Foundation serves and acts as the territory’s main nexus, establishing binding links among its companies, the knowledge sector, public administrations, entrepreneurs and citizens.

International expansion of the territory

Finally, with this Mediterranean-ness, the chance to promote the Tarragona brand cannot be missed. An intelligent territory with a European and international scope, conveying the commitment to and leadership of a digital transformation strategy, positioning good practices abroad, opening up new potential markets. At the same time, being proactive by participating in international networks, sharing experiences and providing scalability for innovative local projects.

All in all, the Foundation works to promote ours as an intelligent, Mediterranean region within a cohesive and sustainable territory that takes advantage of new technologies, knowledge and local innovation to improve, day after day, the quality of life of active, participative citizens. Premises belonging to the XXI century that make Tarragona a smart region.

Gustavo Cuadrado (Executive Director) Tarragona Smart Region Foundation