Good Practice Database

This database contains good practice examples on how the accessibility of public space and public transport can be improved, covering all categories of the ISEMOA Quality Management System.

With the help of the search function you can look for examples that are relevant to your interests.

If you just want to know more about good practice examples concerning one or a combination of specific categories (for example 'city' and 'public space') you can click on the desired categories and only examples in these categories will be displayed.

You can also use the fulltext search by typing in keyword(s).

All good practice examples can also be downloaded as pdf files. For a pdf file including all good practice examples, please click here (~15MB).


Export as PDF

ISEMOA Good Practice Fact Sheet

Title in original language ATENDO
Title in English ATENDO - personal assistance for disabled rail passengers
Location Spain
Year 06/2007
Initiator RENFE Operadora (rail operator) & ADIF (rail network manager)
Developed by
(one pick only)
  • Administration / Political actor
  • Operator
Implementation Area
  • Municipality
  • City
  • Urban
Supported accessibility level
  • Micro accessibility
Elements of the working process - Preconditions
  • User needs
  • Legal / Administrative context
  • Current state
Elements of the working process - Policy
  • Policy on paper
  • Leadership
Elements of the working process - Strategy
  • Partnerships
Elements of the working process - Implementation
  • Supportive measures
Elements of the working process - Monitoring and Evaluation
  • User / society results
  • Stakeholder feedback
Type of PRM Affected
  • Visual impaired
  • Motor impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Cognitive / Learning impaired
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - Local Train
  • Vehicle
  • Stops / stations
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - Long Distance Train
  • Service
  • Vehicle
  • Stops / stations
Why is it a good practice example? ATENDO is a service focused on people who may have problems accessing rail services. The target group is PRM in its broader sense, including any disability, including psychological ones, and elderly people.
Background and Objectives / Aims ATENDO is the customer service to PRM provided jointly by the Spanish rail network manager ADIF and rail operator RENFE Operadora. It is a personalised service that guides, advises and facilitates the traveller's access and transit through stations and helps them boarding and dismounting the trains.

ATENDO offers its services to three groups of possible clients: The first group are people with physical, sensory or psychological disabilities. The second group are elderly people with reduced mobility. Finally, the service is provided to any other people with reduced mobility.
Implementation (incl. obstacles, public participation) ATENDO helps people with disabilities or with reduced mobility to access rail transport by personal assistance. The service covers both accessibility in the train station and onboard the vehicle.
  • In Euro [EUR]: 7.600.000
Conclusions (incl. output, analysis of benefits) RENFE states that during 2009 ATENDO services were used by 235,571 people, covered 2,056 train circulations and had a cost of EUR 7,600,000.

The demand for the service doubled from 2008, when it helped 112,614 passengers. The rail service offers covered by ATENDO have increased by 15% from 1,790 services and the cost has risen by almost 40% from 5,5 million Euro. The service initially (in 2007) covered 46 stations and currently (2010) covers 120, around 60% with a permanent service.
Information - documents ATENDO Guide (10.518 KB)