American Society of Civil Engineers

Barcelona Line 9 – The First Driverless Metro in Spain

by Corinne Braban, (Siemens Transportation Systems, STS SAS, Business Unit Automatic Train Control, 50 rue Barbès, 92542 Montrouge Cedex, France E-mail: and Gérard Yelloz, (Siemens Transportation Systems, STS SAS, 50 rue Barbès, 92542 Montrouge Cedex, France E-mail:
Section: Urban Projects, pp. 1-12, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Automated People Movers 2005: Moving to Mainstream
Abstract: First driverless line in Spain, the new metro line 9 under construction will soon become the backbone of the Barcelona’s public transport system. Early March 2003, GISA — Generalidat de Catalunya — awarded Siemens Transportation Systems and its consortium the contract for equipping the line 9 with CBTC for driverless train operation. The CBTC system will equip 50 steel-wheeled trains running on 42 km of line. The paper provides an overview of the driverless signalling project.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Light rail transit