Public Transport on Gran Canaria Island and Las Palmas City
Canarias is one of the busiest regions in Spain. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria occupies the third position with the most traffic jams, having registered a congestion level of 27% in 2016, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife is in the seventh position with 25%, according to the results of the TomTom Traffic Index study 2017, the annual report that includes the cities with the most traffic congestion in the world.
The MetroGuagua or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a collective public transport system that combines the capacity and speed of the light rail or metro, together with the flexibility and simplicity of a bus system. After studying different options, the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opted for the implementation of the BRT in 2021 as it is the most sustainable, economical and environmentally friendly alternative. It will allow complementing the rest of the Municipal Bus Lines and improving the public transport system of the city, responding to the needs of all citizens.
The MetroGuagua is a strategic piece within the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PMUS) of the city that will help to organize traffic, decongest the center and favor an intermodal transport model, in which each person decides with what means they want to travel according to their specific needs.
The deployment of the exclusive lane for the MetroGuagua entails a remodeling plan that will allow improving accessibility, gaining new spaces for pedestrians and creating new green areas, leisure and rest.