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The Organising Committee for the Barcelona’’92 Olympic Games (COOB’’92) created a specific Transport Department to rise to the mobility challenge posed by any Olympic Games. The many different needs of the Olympic Family had to be met: travel to and from training and official events, and arrivals in and departures from the city.

On average, 40,000 people were moved around every day. To ensure the smooth running of the operation, all the city’’s public transport mechanisms were coordinated and all members of the Olympic Family were accredited so that they could use public transport at no extra cost. A sponsorship agreement was also entered into with the Spanish railways operator RENFE to meet the travel needs of those members of the Olympic Family staying in the Salou and Cambrils areas. In addition, a fleet of various kinds of vehicles was specifically formed for the Olympic Games.

There were 100 coach routes for the athletes’ daily travel needs, as well as 472 other kinds of vehicles (cars and minibuses) for discretionary use by each National Olympic Committee. Likewise, transport was provided for referees and judges, and there were 89 bus routes for media professionals.

Apart from the chauffeurs of official vehicles forming part of the fleet for dignitaries, all the drivers were Olympic volunteers. The total cost of road and rail transport between the various Olympic venues and sites was €37 million (6.17 billion Pesetas).

Selected resources

Els serveis a la Família Olímpica: els transports

COOB’92 (1992): “Els serveis a la Família Olímpica: els transports” a Memòria oficial dels Jocs de la XXVa Olimpíada: Barcelona 1992. Barcelona: COOB’92, vol. 3, pàg. 255-268.

Guía de transportes: medios de comunicación

COOB’92 (1992): Guia de transports: mitjans de comunicació = Guía de transportes: medios de comunicación = Guide des transports: médias = Transports guide: media. Barcelona: COOB’92.

Manual de formació específica del voluntari olímpic: conductors

COOB’92 (199-?): Manual de formació específica del voluntari olímpic: conductors. [Barcelona: COOB’92].

Manual del conductor: autocar-autobús

COOB’92 (1992): Manual del conductor: autocar-autobús. Barcelona: COOB’92.

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.