As of today, the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) reinforces the offer of public transport, especially buses, allowing the capacity to be 90% of that which existed in the same period last year.
On Thursday, AML's first secretary, Carlos Humberto, informed that there was “an understanding with the transport operators” that as of today there will be a “significant reinforcement of the offer”.
According to the official, “the idea is to have an offer of about 90%” in relation to the existing capacity in the same period last year, but there may be reinforcements “in what may be necessary”, namely in the “lines that bring passengers to the capital, Lisbon ”.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the AML Metropolitan Council, which has functions as a transport authority, following the reduction in the number of buses since mid-March, due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In the case of the Metropolitano de Lisboa, the reinforcement took place on Saturday with the doubling of the offer on weekends, during the daytime, on the Blue, Green and Red lines, circulating six-car trains.
In a statement, the company explained that the additional adjustments are due to the increase in demand that has occurred on weekends in its network and also to “contribute to reducing the spread of covid-19”.
On the other hand, Grupo Barraqueiro reinforced on Monday the buses of Rodoviária de Lisboa, Mafrense and Boa Viagem, “with special focus on the hours of greatest demand during the morning and afternoon”.
According to the business group, the decision was “taken jointly with the AML” in order to restore the public transport service “to levels very close to those registered before the start of this pandemic”.
As for rail transport, the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, guaranteed on Monday that the capacity of most trains that run during peak hours in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML) is “below 50%” , stressing that the “objective data” do not evidence public transport responsibilities in the spread of covid-19 in the region.
The official also revealed that CP – Comboios de Portugal does not have the capacity to increase the number of trains in circulation at AML, but noted that the possibility of changing schedules is being studied.
DYBS (RCS / RCP / SSM) // MLS
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