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- • The new section of L9 will go into service just days before the beginning of the Mobile World Congress
- • The line will transport an estimated 30 million passengers each year
12 February is the definitive date for the start of service of Barcelona’s Metro L9, which will connect the Zona Universitària station to El Prat Airport T1. Making it possible to reach the airport by metro has been an absolute priority for the Government of Catalonia in order to meet the commitments made to the organizers of the Mobile World Congress for the line to be in service before the 2016 event, which will be held from 22 to 25 February.
The line that will begin service next month, covering nearly 20 kilometers, will transport nearly 30 million passengers each year. Travelers can get off at either of the airport terminals and get on at one of 15 stations.
The new metro line will also much improve mobility for participants at Mobile World Congress 2016, as they will now have a direct link between the Fira de Barcelona facilities in L’Hospitalet –where the fair is held- and the El Prat airport.
The carriages that will cover this new section of L9 began testing in November 2014. The section of the line that will go into service in February is expected to have twenty automatic, driverless trains. Nearly 3 billion euros have been invested in the section from Zona Universitària to the Airport alone.