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USB chargers on the metro and on the bus
If you need to charge your mobile, Line 2 of the metro has USB charging points at some stations and also on the trains. A third of the bus fleet also offers this free service.
Stations with recharge points
The innovative pilot project for recharging via USB on the Barcelona metro started in December 2016, when high powered 3.0 rapid recharge points were installed in four stations on L2 (the platforms of the Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gràcia and Paral·lel, and the ticket hall at the Universitat interchange).
Incorporating chargers for mobile devices on urban transport is consistent with Barcelona's vocation as a digital and connected city, where 90% of users say they use smartphones.
Following this line of becoming a digital city, in March 2017, TMB developed the second phase of the project with the Catalan company Yupcharge. Two trains serving Line 2 of the metro had high power mobile device chargers installed that users can use for free in order to charge up their mobile devices.
They are located at each end of the trains at a height suitable for people with reduced mobility to access. Additionally, they are easy to locate thanks to external and interior signage. Each charger is equipped with four USB ports.
Trains and buses equipped with USB
Between July 2018 and April 2019, the third phase took place, involving the installation of chargers on every train operating on Line 2. In coming phases, chargers will be installed in trains of all remaining metro lines.
Since 2015, USB sockets form part of standard equipment of all new buses, that is a third of the fleet. In each vehicle, there are at least three USB charging points and three in articulated buses.
USB plug sockets benefit from the Agile Power technology of Yupcharge, which provides a rapid and efficient recharge to all connected mobile devices. Apple devices can take up to 3 amps and Android devices incorporating new fast-charging processors are able to recharge 75% more quickly than with a conventional plug socket. There is also a recognition system to let you know the status of the device as it recharges. The goal is to provide an efficient recharge in the least possible time. With these rapid chargers, Line 2 of the metro is once again at the forefront of cutting edge technology applied to public transport.