The prizes award tramway operators of all over the World. The award recognises the reduction of private vehicles in Zaragoza since Line 1 is in service.
This prize - awarded to the Zaragoza Tram from among 500 projects selected - values the urban integration project designed for the Line 1 track by AldayJover Arquitectura y Paisaje for the Joint Venture construction company formed by FCC and ACCIONA. Thus, the urban development that the city has experienced (renovating areas such as the pedestrian walkway along Gran Vía and the pedestrianisation of Coso and César Augusto) with the implementation of the Tram is rewarded.
The award - given by 'Actualidad Económica' magazine - forms part of the 2013 Business Success Awards and values the public-private formula that made it possible to have one of the most modern Tram systems in the world up and running in record time.
Recognition for "one of the increasingly important objectives for public transport in the 21st century: passenger experience and innovation in customer service". Other factors were valued: punctuality and efficiency of the service; good, innovative ticketing; clear and precise information for the passenger; commitment to the community and links via 'social media'; and technological innovation to improve the user experience.
With this award, the organisation wanted to reward "the work in favour of universal accessibility and the initiative to incorporate specialists into the Tram technical team in the area of accessibility who could provide their experience and knowledge so the matter of accessibility could be taken into account and which have led to very satisfactory solutions being provided".
The Zaragoza Tram received the Solidarity Award from the ONCE in the category of Public Institutions "as it is a means of transport that is totally accessible for all citizens and because from the very start it has been in contact with the Aragonese organisations for the disabled to achieve complete accessibility".
In the category of Urban Development, the Zaragoza Tram obtained the prize that highlighted a project "that generates added value for residents and visitors".
The award - presented by the British Ministry of Transport - was given "for the development of the project, business model, economic implementation, provision to public transport in the city, sustainability, modernity in its tracks and innovative technology".
In the presence of 200 experts from around the world, with this award the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) recognised "an innovative and benchmark project; avant garde, effective and comfortable transport".
Zaragoza Council - through the Urban Mobility Service in the Public Services area - was rewarded in the XII Spanish Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in recognition of the work undertaken to renovate the traffic light system in the city. This project facilitated the later implementation of the dynamic traffic light priority system in the hub of the Tram.
The Spanish Ministry of Environment gave this award to Zaragoza Council for the implementation of Line 1 of the Zaragoza Tram, promotion of the use of bicycles and installation of connections for electric vehicles.