Alcalá de Henares (Spain)

Alcalá de Henares is a city of 204,000 inhabitants, located 35 km northeast of the city of Madrid. It is famous for being the birthplace of Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) and is well known for its Castilian architecture. Public transport is a key issue in the city, mostly the shuttle trains to Madrid and buses to neighborhoods.

The city could provide no data about the modal split of local traffic. However, the majority of citizens use public transport, mostly buses. For instance, during 2009, the company’s buses traveled 3,812,000 km and transported more than 10 million passengers.

No information could be retrieved concerning the city’s strategy towards achieving sustainable urban mobility. However, regarding mobility services, Alcala’s public transport company was founded in 1974, and today has a fleet of 58 buses. All of its buses are adapted to serve people with limited mobility and include wheelchair ramps, safety belts, wide aisles and special protection. Buses use Euro 3, Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuels.

Information on the challenges faced in advancing these measures, and the partnerships elaborated in the process of their implementation is not presently available.

Summary finalized: July 2010

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