SMOU introduces real-time public transport information and a route planner

25/07/2022
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First plan of a woman using the SMOU application on her cell phone

Barcelona’s personal mobility services app now lets users consult timetables, stops and stations for the metro, bus, tram, FGC train and Rodalies de Catalunya train networks

This way, SMOU users can use the application for both public and private transport journeys, thus contributing to a more sustainable mobility model 

From September, SMOU will also offer a feature where users can search for routes to a destination using the various means of transport available in Barcelona and its metropolitan area   

Barcelona’s personal mobility services app, SMOU, now displays real-time public transport information. This latest update, now available on Android and iOS, incorporates a new feature containing all public transport information for the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. 

In the new version, users of the SMOU app can consult timetables, stops and stations for the metro, bus, tram, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) train and Rodalies de Catalunya train networks. Having this information to hand in real time enables users to plan their journeys in Barcelona and the surrounding area better. 

The First Deputy Mayor and president of B:SM, Jaume Collboni, has stated, “With the integration of public transport into SMOU, we are taking another step in the transition to more sustainable, digital, smart mobility in the city. Our vision is to make this app the hub for all mobility apps in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and an everyday essential for the city’s residents, who now have access to an indispensable tool for planning their personal journeys”.

The map shows stops, stations and wait times 

In an effort to continue to offer an easy, intuitive experience to SMOU users, the public transport information is displayed in the app following the same design and usability criteria as the other services available: parking via app, parking meter, Bicing, Endolla Barcelona vehicle charging, scooter sharing, bike sharing, car sharing and more. 

From now on, on the menu at the bottom of the screen, users will find a “public transport” icon. When selected, the metro, bus, tram, FGC and Rodalies de Catalunya stops and stations will be displayed. Information on lines, timetables and wait times for the next departures can be found by clicking on each stop or station. What is more, for easier viewing, information can be filtered according to line, so that users only see the timetables that are relevant to them. The app can also be used to consult the daily timetable for a specific stop or station. 

SMOU app users can still configure the icons that appear on the menu at the bottom of the screen by clicking on “More” and then “Edit”. 

Rutes: a new tool for city residents to plan their journeys 

In line with these efforts to improve the way SMOU users can plan their journeys in the city and between cities in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, from September, the app will offer a route planner. 

This new function, called Rutes, will allow the user to search for the different public or private transport routes between one place and another within the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. SMOU users can personalise each search by selecting the means of transport they wish to use: public transport, Bicing, their own bike, car, scooter/motorbike or walking. 

Once the start and end points are chosen, the app will show different route options on the map, indicating the distance and time for each of them. If the chosen option is private car or scooter/motorbike, the app will also display the parking options available at the destination. 

SMOU: the app that brings together all means of transport 

With more than 600,000 users and 1,500,000 operations per month, SMOU is the app that brings together all means of transport on one convenient platform, thus helping people to plan their journeys in the city and between cities in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. With its user-friendly, simple, intuitive design, SMOU covers all the different public and private means of transport available, so that there is no need to download various apps.