Local Energy Agency of Murica

Country: Spain

The seventh largest city in Spain, Murcia has a population of 436,870 inhabitants. The city is proud of its sustainable transport measures, mostly for the reopened tram line. Murcia has made worthy progress in the field of sustainable urban transport. Although trams were introduced in Murcia in 1896, after 33 years in service they were replaced by buses. A new 2.2 km long tramline was opened in 2007 and met with such success that a contract to extend and operate it for 40 years was offered in April 2009, with a further extension secured in June 2011. Electronic ticketing systems have been installed at all 28 stations to provide rapid and easy access of services to passengers, particularly those with limited mobility. Plans have been made for three additional tramlines, covering the entire city in an east-west and north-south direction.