Gone are the discussions that arose during the reintroduction in different Spanish cities, alluding to the risk of being run over or the unnecessary occupation of urban space.
Unfounded fears, as shown, for example, by the data on road accidents in the city of Vitoria: of the 4,430 traffic accidents in 2016, only 25 involved trams. In other words, a more than residual 0.5%.
The tramway is currently one of the modes of transport that adds more color to sustainable mobility and to cities. The recovery by many cities such as Vitoria, Barcelona, Seville, Murcia, Bilbao, among others, makes it one of the most attractive options for getting around cities today.
Its reimplantation marks a global strategy within cities, and through its reintroduction projects, it revitalizes and rehabilitates urban spaces in decline.
Moreover, their integration into the city’s ecosystem is coupled with the fact that their infrastructure costs are much lower than the creation of metro lines.
One of the most important aspects of tram use is intermodality, which makes it easy to connect with other means of transport within cities. The frequency with which it runs means that it is hardly necessary to know the timetables.
They are also very functional as a tourist attraction, since in many cases it allows tourists to comfortably move around the different points of the city while they can view it from inside the tram.
Moreover, in cases such as Barcelona or Murcia, it is a transport that connects directly to the universities, making its use especially popular among young people.
The tramway has earned the right to be part of the mobility planning by local governments.