The new bus routes are intended to provide more expedient substitutes for the currently functioning tram routes that connect numerous neighborhoods in Barcelona, including Baix Llobregat, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Sitges and Vilanova, Geltrú, and Sant Pere de Ribes. The new initiative involves a network of 17 more routes for city buses that are intended to circulate quite frequently. In this way, the Generalitat expects to reduce the waiting time at each bus stop to a maximum of 10-15 minutes. Moreover, pans for a separate bus lane are in process.
These innovations will help to make the means of transport in the city more efficient and flexible than the current tram network provides. During the period of planning and preparation, the project ministry determined the proposed initiative to be the best option for connecting areas that lie outside of city limits and for areas considered to be an extension of the city with important residential districts. Before the current project, there were few public transportation options available despite the high demand for travel among these destinations.
The new system will be called BRCat. The Generalitat plans to construct the first line, B1, to connect Cornellá and Castelldefels, passing through Sant Boi de Llobregat, Viladecans, and Gavá by way of the C-245 line. This route will include a specially designed bus lane, bicycle lanes, and separate, narrow traffic lanes for residents using other transport vehicles.