The coordinator of BE, Catarina Martins, defended this Tuesday the urgency of lowering the prices of passes across the country, considering that the car cannot be cheaper than public transport or the train.
For the start of the official period of the municipal campaign, and after the need to adapt due to the weather conditions, BE chose a regular stop on its electoral itinerary, the CP railway workshops in Entroncamento, with warnings about the disastrous cost it will have for the country does not prepare for climate change.
We need that traveling by public transport and traveling by train is no more expensive than traveling by car, and people here at Entroncamento still pay more than 100 euros for a pass. We need those who live here to pay as much for passes as in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area next door, there are so many commuting movements every day for those who work, those who are studying”, he defended.
Starting from the example of Entroncamento for the rest of the national territory, Catarina Martins defended that it is “fundamental that the prices of passes fall throughout the country”.
We need fair passes throughout the country, that is, the car cannot be cheaper than public transport or the train”, he stated.
The party’s municipal commitment, both in Entroncamento and in the rest of the Médio Tejo area served by the train line, “is this fight for the prices of passes to be equal to those in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon”, defending Catarina Martins, who “does not have no sense of this discrimination”.
The Left Block, as you know, when it made the Lisbon agreement, fought for the reduction of social passes. We are aware of the role that local authorities can play in this work and here we are to fight so that here in Entroncamento, in these municipalities, the price of the pass can also be lowered.”, undertook.
For the BE leader, the best way to achieve “a safer territory”, but also “more solid accounts” is to prepare for the future and reduce “the use of an individual car and for that it has to be cheaper to use the train, public transport than the car”.
Asked about the party’s intention to move forward, through parliamentary channels, with a proposal for this reduction in the price of passes, the block coordinator said that “BE has never failed to present a proposal nor will it fail to present a proposal to lower the price of passes”.
But we are well aware of how important the efforts of local authorities in this work are. We know how important it was in Lisbon, we know how important the strength of the Left Block is at Entroncamento to ensure that the lowering of passes prices is a reality here too”, praised.
Therefore, Catarina Martins reaffirmed the “uncompromising commitment of the BE mayors so that public transport can be the norm for people’s movements, so that public transport can have more quality, more efficiency and be cheaper than walking with the individual car”.