Faster Hospital Access With Traffic Light Priority

The Spanish subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom has successfully installed the mobility and safety elements for the first traffic light priority for buses in Madrid.

  • Kapsch TrafficCom to supply and implement technology for project
  • Travel time between new neighborhood and local hospital cut by 40%
Gran Via road in Madrid at night. In the centre of the image is a traffic light on green
Kapsch is collaborating with the Madrid City Council on various projects aimed at reducing congestion

The city has launched its first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), connecting two key neighborhoods in a move that will cut journey times from 50 to below 30 minutes. The new line will link the Valdebebas neighborhood, which has grown rapidly in recent years, with the Hospital Ramon y Cajal in the north of Madrid. The bus line has a total length of 31 kilometers, 19 of which are on exclusive lanes.

The new traffic light system helps buses get green lights automatically, reducing stops and making routes faster and more reliable. This is done via on-board beacons that register when the vehicle passes loops embedded in the pavement, with a signal then sent to traffic lights. As part of the project, Kapsch TrafficCom has supplied and installed 62 traffic light controllers from its EcoTrafiX™ platform, as well as ten CCTV cameras and the communications network for the hardware.

In addition, more than 12 kilometers of fiber optics have been installed to transmit the information and images from the ten new cameras to the Mobility Management Centre, from where the correct functioning of the system is controlled.

Kapsch’s Experience in Mobility Management in Madrid

In addition to the new bus, Kapsch is collaborating with the Madrid City Council on various projects aimed at reducing congestion, reducing pollution and public health risks, as well as improving the road user experience by speeding up travel times.

Javier Aguirre, CEO of the Spanish organization highlights:

“The concentration of population in the suburbs requires public institutions to offer new, more sustainable mobility models that respond to the daily needs of citizens. Our collaboration with the Madrid City Council highlights this priority, putting our knowledge and technology at the service of a new urban mobility.”

This article was originally published by Kapsch TrafficCom.

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