Faster hospital access with traffic light priority
- Kapsch TrafficCom to supply and implement technology for project
- Travel time between new neighborhood and local hospital cut by 40%
Vienna/Madrid, December 7, 2023 – The Spanish subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom has successfully installed the mobility and safety elements for the first traffic light priority for buses in Madrid.
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.
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," highlights Javier Aguirre, CEO of the Spanish organization.
Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of transportation solutions for sustainable mobility with successful projects in more than 50 countries. Innovative solutions in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management and demand management contribute to a healthy world without congestion.
With one-stop-shop solutions, the company covers the entire value chain of customers, from components to design and implementation to the operation of systems.
Kapsch TrafficCom, headquartered in Vienna, has subsidiaries and branches in more than 25 countries and is listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: KTCG). In its 2022/23 financial year, about 4,000 employees generated revenues of EUR 553 million.