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Barcelona operator wins in Porto

Catalonian transport operator Transport Ciutat Comtal (TCC) has been awarded the contract to operate and maintain the light metro and bus networks in Porto for ten years, subject to final government approval. The new agreement replaces the five-year concession held by the ViaPorto consortium of Grupo Barraqueiro, Arriva, Keolis and Manvia that ended on 31 December 2014.

TCC is a joint venture of Barcelona’s metro provider TMB and privately-owned tram operator Moventia, that currently manages a combined fleet of 2000 vehicles in the Catalan capital. TMB is active overseas in a consultancy role, with references in Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Porto’s public transport network is the second-largest in Portgual and in 2013 carried a combined 134.5 million passengers across 70 bus routes and six light rail lines with 81 stations. The 67km (41.6-mile) Metro do Porto operates a fleet of 102 Bombardier trams – 72 Eurotram and 30 more recent Flexity Swift vehicles.