Thursday, June 02, 2022

Tenerife Tram celebrates 15 years of service with more than 200 million passengers

Tenerife Tram near the Plaza Weyler

The Cabildo de Tenerife and Metrotenerife commemorate the anniversary of the Tenerife Tram. June 2 marks the 15th anniversary of the entry into operation of Line 1 (2007) which, together with Line 2 (2009), make up a tram network connected to the main health, educational, administrative and commercial centres in the metropolitan area of the city. And in this time the tram has exceeded the figure of 200 million passengers transported.

The First Vice President and Island Councilor for Mobility, Enrique Arriaga, points out that "to commemorate this event, the Cabildo de Tenerife and Metrotenerife have scheduled dozens of events, including the informative and photographic exhibition, Ayer y hoy, 15 años conectando (Yesterday and today, 15 years connecting) and the labelling of one of its units, all with the aim of thanking society for the loyalty shown to this means of transport and making them part of the 15th Anniversary. There will also be gymkhanas, surprises for users and even the recording of a flashmob.

The island councillor and president of Metrotenerife values ​​the work of the staff over the years and points out that "they are the great bastion of the transport company together with their know-how in which companies from all over the world have been interested in those who serve them”.

The hall of the Intercambiador Tenerife (Santa Cruz Interchange) will host the photographic exhibition 'Yesterday and Today, 15 years connecting' from June 2 and until the end of the month. A total of 12 panels will show the transformation that the arrival of the light rail brought to Santa Cruz and La Laguna, as well as details of the service from its constitution in 2001 to the present.

15 years in figures

Insular director of Mobility, José Alberto León, explains that since “2007 the Tram has provided service for 181 months, which translates into more than 200 million passengers transported in nearly 2,020,000  journeys and 21 million kilometres travelled. 

The tram service is close to the demand rates prior to the pandemic, currently standing at 97%. A demand whose user profile has not changed in these years and continues to be a woman, under 45 years of age and with secondary education, a resident of urban centres and an employee, mainly. According to the latest commercial studies, Punctuality, Environment and Accessibility are some of the aspects most appreciated by passengers, who have always described the tram service as remarkable since it came into operation.

Metrotenerife has an average workforce of 200 professionals who, apart from managing the operation of the Tenerife Tram, have been able to position and project the company internationally in different fields, such that in July 2021 it was the first Canarian company to issue Green Bonds in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To this must be added the consulting and technical assistance services that have been carried out or are being carried out on four continents through mobility projects in Ecuador, Colombia, Senegal, Albania, Israel, among other countries.