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Post by kosovohp on Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:45 am

Barcelona is served by a comprehensive local public transport network that includes a metro, a bus network, two separate modern tram networks, a separate historic tram line, and several funiculars and aerial cable cars. The Barcelona Metro network comprises nine lines, identified by an "L" followed by the line number as well as by individual colours. Most of the network is operated by the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), but three lines are FGC commuter lines that run through the city. When finished, the L9 will be the second longest underground metro line in Europe with 42.6 km; only shorter than London's 76 km Central Line.

TMB also provides most of the services of the city's daytime bus network, as well as a tourist bus service. The tourist bus service gives the opportunity to visit the city on open-topped double-decker buses. The Barcelona Bus Turistic runs along three sightseeing routes, and passengers can get on and off as many times as they like. A similar service is also provided by the private-owned Barcelona City Tour. The night bus network, known as Nitbus, is operated by Tusgsal and Mohn. Transports Ciutat Comtal operates the Aerobus (to the airport), the Tibibus (bus from Plaša Catalunya to Tibidabo amusement park) and the non-regular Portb˙s services, plus the Port-Zal (line 88) and line 86 regular lines.[73] Other companies operate regular services that connect the city with towns in the metropolitan area. The Estaciˇ del Nord (Northern Station), a former railway station that was renovated for the 1992 Olympic Games, now serves as the terminus for long-distance and regional bus services.
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Another company, TRAMMET, operates the city's two modern tram networks, known as Trambaix and Trambes˛s.[74] The historic tram line, the Tramvia Blau,[75] connects the metro to the Funicular del Tibidabo (both operated by TMB). The Funicular de Tibidabo climbs the Tibidabo hill, as does the Funicular de Vallvidrera (FGC). The Funicular de Montju´c (TMB) climbs the Montju´c hill. The city has two aerial cable cars: one to the Montju´c castle and Port Vell Aerial Tramway that runs via Torre Jaume I and Torre Sant SebastiÓ over the port.

Barcelona has a metered taxi fleet governed by the Institut MetropolitÓ del Taxi (Metropolitan Taxi Institute), composed of more than 10,000 cars. Most of the licences are in the hands of self-employed drivers.[76] With their black and yellow livery, Barcelona's taxis are easily spotted.

On 22 March 2007,[77] Barcelona's City Council started the Bicing service, a bicycle service understood as a public transport. Once the user has their user card, they can take a bicycle from any of the 100 stations spread around the city and use it anywhere the urban area of the city, and then leave it at another station.[78] The service has been a success, with 50,000 subscribed users in three months.

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