The start of the operation of Carris Metropolitana in the municipalities on the north bank of the Tagus was postponed to January 1, 2023, as “the conditions considered essential are not guaranteed”, the management entity announced this Wednesday.

The operation in ‘area 1’, which corresponds to the municipalities of Amadora, Cascais, Lisbon, Oeiras and Sintra, and in ‘area 2’, concerning the municipalities of Loures, Mafra, Odivelas and Vila Franca de Xira, was scheduled to begin in July 1st.

“The lack of a very significant number of new vehicles, the inaccuracy in the dates of their availability and the adequacy of the information systems necessary for the provision of the service in accordance with the requirements of the specifications and the contracts signed for areas 1 and 2 , are, among some others, the main reasons identified for considering that the service is not in a position to be put into practice”, justifies Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa (TML), in a statement.

Thus, until the entrance of Carris Metropolitana, “the road transport operation will take place under normal and usual conditions”, also indicates TML.

The municipalities of Almada, Seixal and Sesimbra, in the district of Setúbal, are already in a position to proceed with the operation of Carris Metropolitana on 1 July, integrated in ‘area 3’, which will have “more frequencies, schedules, new lines and a renewed bus fleet”.

The entity that manages Carris Metropolitana also announces a reinforcement of the road service in ‘area 4’, which corresponds to the municipalities of Setúbal Alcochete, Moita, Montijo and Palmela, also in the district of Setúbal, since “the level of service that is being provided is still lower than that defined contractually” with the operators.

Carris Metropolitana started operating on June 1 in the municipalities of Alcochete, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo, Palmela and Setúbal, but there were several complaints from passengers, namely insufficient buses, delays and lack of signage at stops.

According to Fectrans – Federation of Transport and Communications Unions, “the workers were not aware of either the new routes or the new schedules and, on top of that, the service sheets (where all the information about the service that the worker will do) is available. during the day, where he takes breaks and meals) were in Spanish”.

“The four operators responsible for the operation of Carris Metropolitana in the four geographic areas are contractually responsible for adapting the road operation to the service levels that were required in the specifications (fleet renewal and significant increase in supply, among others) and for informing, at previously defined moments, any facts that may prevent the start of operations on the contractually foreseen dates, which has not been verified with the necessary advance for decision making”, criticizes TML.

TML also indicates that during the summer, 111 lines will start operating in the municipalities of Almada, Seixal and Sesimbra (currently there are 88), representing an increase in vehicle kilometers of 21%, 29% and 16%, respectively, on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

“For now, 339 vehicles will circulate, of which 236 are entirely new, significantly reducing the age of the fleet currently in service”, he highlights.

TML also announced in the statement that the five “Carris Metropolitana Navigator Spaces” will start operating on Sunday, customer support stores where ticket loading operations, passes requests, among others can be carried out.

Carris Metropolitana, the common brand under which public road transport operations in the AML will operate, started on June 1 in Alcochete, Moita, Montijo, Palmela and Setúbal.

Four operation zones were created, two involving municipalities on the north bank and another two on the south bank of the Tagus.

‘Area 1’ includes Amadora, Cascais, Lisbon, Oeiras and Sintra, ‘area 2’ Loures, Mafra, Odivelas and Vila Franca de Xira, ‘area 3’ Almada, Seixal and Sesimbra and ‘area 4’ Alcochete, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo, Palmela and Setúbal.

Carris Metropolitana operates the municipal networks for 15 of the 18 municipalities (Barreiro, Cascais and Lisbon maintain local operations) and the entire inter-municipal operation of the 18 municipalities.

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