"FTS serving public service facilities and transport interfaces"
Almada City Council will implement a feasibility study focused in Almada's old town, concerning the application of a FTS serving local inhabitants and other citizens.
Located on the south bank of the Tagus River across from Lisbon, Almada is one of 18 municipalities within the Lisbon Metropolitan Region, with 160 000 full-time residents. Mostly due to this geographical situation, the transport sector accounts for 1/3 of the total energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Almada.
Figure 1: Aerial view of the city centre of Almada
Therefore, Almada has been developing policies and strategies towards a more sustainable mobility. After a planning and studying phase, several projects were launched aiming at promoting the use of public transport and soft modes for the daily journeys, like the new tram system and a cycling network, which is being built.
Concerning bus transport, the collective transport mode closer to the citizens, the mobility plan of Almada proposed the reorganization of bus lines in Almada to:
- Serve more efficiently the main generation/attraction poles in the territory of Almada
- Cover the mobility need of the population outside the area of the tram (MST)
- Serve as feeder for train and tram
- Reduce the number of changes, which deter the use of PT
So, 2 new lines of mini-buses were proposed to ensure the connection with the new tram and complete the mesh of road public transport:
- Cacilhas/Almada/Pragal: M1
- Laranjeiro/Cova da Piedade/Almada: M2
Figure 2: Proposed mini-bus lines M1 and M2
The Municipality of Almada decided to create line M1, which serves the North part of the city, comprising the old town, markets, commercial and services city centre, among other important spots.
Taking the opportunity of the participation in the FLIPPER project, it was decided to include flexibility aspects in the new line, to better meet the needs of the people, taking into account the defined requirements service for this new service:
- Targeted at the elderly population of the area covered by the service
- Reach private social institutions, day care centres, Almada’s market, Torcatas’ market, cemitery, Almada’s city center, parking facilities, ….
- Feed the public transit network in Almada/Cacilhas: tram, buses and boat
- Use 2 electric mini-buses
The study for the implementation of the service is in its final stage and the operation is expected to start on the 1st July 2010.
The service will run daily from 7h00 to 19h00, except on Saturdays (8h00 to 13h00) and Sundays (no service). Passengers can get in and out anywhere along the circuit, which is indicated by a green line painted on the pavement. Deviations to the circuit are possible, by request through previous booking.
Figure 3: FLEXIBUS circuit
Figure 4: Electric mini-buses that will operate the FLEXIBUS service
Figure 5: Presentation of the FLEXIBUS buses in the official celebrations of the 25th April
(Almada, 25th April 2010)
These pages will be developed as the feasibility study progresses.