Like the chirimiri, a fine rain. This was the trickle of passengers on the first working day of the new stations of the line L10 Sud metro , which have taken the suburban to the Free Zone , ending a historical injustice of the Catalan capital with the Marina neighborhood, the last one in Barcelona that did not have this public transport. Large numbers of users were not registered, but people constantly entering and exiting the Foneria and Foc stations .
The wagons were rather empty, far from the 3,200 daily customers expected. The main reason is that yesterday many workers enjoyed a day of bridge prior to the celebration of the Day. Another is that after decades without metro, with the only connection by bus, the neighbors must get used to the new service. A change of habits in which the pedagogy of transshipment will be fundamental.
“I work at Arc de Triomf and I have decided to test if the subway is better than the bus to get there,” says Katy at the Foc station. “Normally I take the 23, I have it next to home, but we have struggled a lot to have a subway in the neighborhood, we are happy and we have to give it a chance”, adds this member of the association La Marina Viva. “Some complain because they think it would have been more practical to connect with Plaza Espanya,” explains this neighbor before making a transfer at Torrassa station after six minutes of travel.
Others are very clear that they will change their way of moving: “I will use the subway to go to Badalona to see my father, who is very old, before he had to take the V5 and go to Plaza de Sants”, says Loli, another user . “It’s about time, we pay our taxes like the other neighborhoods,” adds Antonio, her husband.
Some people get confused by line and get on the L10 thinking that they have caught the L9
“I will travel by subway to the center, we were waiting for it and it is very good, but it would be more useful if the whole stretch had been opened until we reached the ZAL”, says Pedro, another citizen of the neighborhood. And it is that the line finishes in Foc but during the next years – concretely in 2022 if the Generalitat obtains the credit of the European Bank of Investments – the layout will extend until the viaduct that crosses the polygon of the Free Zone to connect with the greater zone industrial of Barcelona.
Where it also passes by is for l’Hospitalet, which will only have to wait until next year to have its two stops, Provençana and Ciutat de la Justicia. From the Santa Eulàlia neighborhood of the second city of Catalonia, Antonio and Manuela, a retired couple, moved yesterday out of pure pleasure. “We have gone for a walk and we have come here to see the new stations,” says Manuela. “I really want to open the two of l’Hospitalet, the City of Justice will be very useful,” he insists. “My favorite station is Fira because it is beautiful, but it is also beautiful and functional”, says Antonio in Foneria before picking up the ticket and going to Foc, designed by the same architect who at the time engineered the Fira, the Japanese Toyo Ito.
And is that as happened over the weekend, yesterday many curious climbed aboard the subway to see how the new line works and discover the two new stops. “I see them well, I think the information is clear, but I am very used to public transport and I saw that there were people who were confused,” says Pere, a passionate metro.
Indeed, the fact that the L10 and L9 share the platform caused some fright. “I went up in Torrassa to go to Fira, I did not notice the signs and without realizing I got here”, says Laura from Foneria while pushing a baby cart. “It will be the custom or maybe the information is not completely clear,” he asks himself before undoing his steps to take the correct line. Laura was not the only one, more than one of them happened exactly the same, also some tourists loaded with suitcases that wanted to go to the El Prat airport.