26 February 2007
Bad in Barna
Patrick Crozier

Seems Barcelona’s commuter trains are not as good as they could be:

The other thing everyone’s talking about is the awful Barcelona commuter train system; there was another massive delay yesterday on two of the suburban train lines. That makes about twelve major screwups on the Renfe commuter trains this year so far. This time a bunch of passengers got pissed off and blocked the train tracks at Martorell, thereby holding things up even more, of course. That’s what happens when the government runs the trains or any other industry that should be in private hands.

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The FGC at Plaça de Catalunya
I know I am libertarian ideologue but I am actually quite shocked.  In my experience the rail system in Barcelona is fantastic - although my experience is mainly with the Metro (owned by the Barcelona city government) and the FGC (owned by the government of Catalunya).  This, of course, is RENFE, run by those hicks in Madrid.

Commuter action is not unknown.  In the 1970s, unhappy commuters smashed up a station in Tokyo.  A few years later the company was privatised. 

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  1. Is Barna supposed to be Barca?  Or have I missed something?

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on  07 March 2007 at 11:53 am

  2. No, I got told off for that.  Barça is the football team - you know the one that got knocked out last night.  Barna is the word for the town.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  07 March 2007 at 12:36 pm

  3. I can’t say I had any problems on the Barcelona railways, although the first time on any big city rail system is a bit daunting and both London and NY gave me palpitations the first time around.

    Posted by Reclaimed Railway Sleepers on  25 March 2008 at 06:46 pm

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