EMT Madrid buses reach 84.5 per cent of pre-pandemic passenger levels in July 2022

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With passenger levels significantly higher on EMT night lines and during the weekends, EMT Madrid is on track with its post-pandemic recovery, having increased its passenger levels by 12 per cent since the start of 2022.

EMT Madrid buses reach 84.5 per cent of pre-pandemic passenger levels in July 2022

Credit: Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid

The Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT Madrid) has announced that its buses have transported more than 25 million passengers in July 2022, representing 84.5 per cent of passenger levels registered in the same month in 2019. This places July as the second best month since the start of the pandemic, only surpassed by April 2022.

By type of network, EMT Madrid has found that the recovery of passengers has been especially relevant on night lines which, with a recovery of users of 85.8 per cent, are above the average for all EMT lines as a whole.

As far as days of the week are concerned, the demand for EMT buses are significantly higher during the weekends, registering 88.7 per cent recovery on Saturdays and 87.8 per cent on Sundays.

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In addition, as for the time slots, those between 9:00 and 13:00, between 15:00 and 16:00 and from 20:00 to 00:00 have experienced a greater recovery. The number of travellers reached between 23:00 and 00:00 are significantly higher, which even exceeds the passenger levels registered in 2019 by 8.63 per cent.

In the daily analysis, the day with the most passengers transported was 1 July 2022, with 1,087,142 passenger travelled. The best demand recovery data compared to 2019 was obtained on 31 July, with 96.22 per cent. 

The figures registered in the month of July confirms that people in Madrid are re-embracing public transport. EMT Madrid began the year with a 72.5 per cent recovery in passenger demand in January 2022. In the following 6 months, the municipal authority has managed to increase its recovery of travellers by almost 12 percentage points compared to 2019.