EVA won an international tender and will explore public transport concessioned by AMAL

Concession provides on-demand transport system for locations with more than 40 inhabitants, without regular connection

AMAL-Community Intermunicipal do Algarve will award the concession of the Public Service of Road Passenger Transport to the company EVA Transportes, after the international tender that aimed to «strengthen and improve mobility on 98 lines in the south of the country».

According to a note sent by AMAL to the newsrooms, "this decision comes after the transfer of the management of the public road passenger transport service to public entities, namely municipalities and intermunicipal communities, in 2015".

The Algarve's municipalities were pioneers in moving forward with this measure, which forced the a contest with a value of around 85 million euros for a five-year lease.

EVA Transportes was already, even before this international tender, the main operator of public transport in the Algarve region.

AMAL adds that the signing of the contract should take place later this year, «starting a transition period for the operator to ensure obligations that include the implementation of an on-demand transport system, for places with more than 40 inhabitants that do not have this regular service, ensure the free transport of 2 bicycles by bus on the Vila Real de Santo António-Faro, Faro-Lagos and Lagos-Sagres and the implementation of the Aerobus service for direct connection from some cities to the airport of Faro, also with free transport of 2 bicycles per vehicle».

This service, which will be fully operational in August 2020, does not cover urban transport managed by municipalities, in the case of Proxima (Faro), ONDA (Lagos) and Vai e Vem (Portimão).

In March of last year, in an initiative by DECO Algarve, it was highlighted that the lack of an intermodal agreement strategy and between transport links of the same operator, inadequacy of tariffs, insufficient and weak information made available and regional asymmetries were the main problems detected, in the Algarve region, in terms of public transport.

In turn, Manuel Tão, a specialist in transport and researcher at the University of Algarve, had stated, at the beginning of October, in a report of Sul Informação about the mobility situation in the region, that the mobility system that exists in the Algarve «is not adapted to those who are too young to have a driving license or those who have health problems, due to their age, and are no longer able to drive. All this is badly done».

A situation that may explain the fact that the Algarve is using public transport less, as revealed in December last year, by the Barometer “Algarve Conjuntura – Mobility and Transport”, by CCDRA. According to this barometer, from April to June 2018, there was, in the region, an increase in road traffic on the main roads and a drop in the use of public transport, such as trains and buses in the Ria Formosa.