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Port de la Savina: operativity study unveiled

Foto Operativitat La SavinaIn a press conference today, Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer was joined by Joan Gual de Torrella, Marc Pons and Xavier Ramis, the chiefs of the Balearic port authority (APB), mobility ministry and office of air and sea transport, in unpacking a study on the operational capacity of Port de la Savina, as well as a suite of fresh proposals tuned to improving mobility in the harbour.

Ferrer explained that the APB-led study came in response to calls from the Consell de Formentera underscoring the need for more environmentally sustainable maritime connections between Formentera and Eivissa. She remarked that the ferry route cuts across Ses Salines reserve, and pointed to increasingly frequent crossings and a growing stream of visitors. “The aim is not to stop people from coming, rather to improve the service”, said Ferrer, highlighting proposed safety upgrades and changes to make the harbour “more sustainable in terms of the environment and economy”.

Marc Pons pointed out that up to 97 ferries make the journey every day in August, though on average they are only 30% full. The study’s authors, from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, recommend reducing ferry frequency by 30% to 68 a day in the high season, along with guarantees for passages and scheduling.

Joan Gual de Torrella said the proposed changes had the buy-in of all the agencies directly concerned, and underscored the importance of collaboration from ferry companies in getting the changes off the ground this season. The study calls for modifying the departure times of regularly scheduled journeys in order to prevent overlap and minimise potential operational risks, not to mention increasing travel time from thirty to sixty minutes.

The officials sat down to discuss the proposal with transport company representatives in the run-up to the press conference. Formentera’s chief of mobility, Rafael González, was also on hand at the gathering.


10 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

As formentera.eco returns, island’s scheme to count and cap in-bound vehicles extends free permits to visitors

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from 1 July to 31 August, vehicles brought or driven on the island will once again be subject to the formentera.eco regulatory scheme. As department chief Rafael González pointed out, though this season’s exceptional circumstances mean visitors will benefit from a full rebate of associated fees, the project itself “isn’t going anywhere; we don’t want the public health crisis to affect the model of sustainability we’ve worked toward for years”.

Drivers who wish to operate a vehicle on local roads in July and August must first obtain a permit on the formentera.eco website, and, as part of a one-off measure this season, the process can be done at no charge. The reservations portal will go online Wednesday 10 June, the same day drivers who opted to secure a spot early can begin confirming pre-bookings. An e-mail will go out in the days ahead with details on those steps, which motorists will have ten days to complete.

Resident permits
Conseller González pointed out that while Formentera residents would once again be exempt from fees, all but those motorists who already possess up-to-date accreditation to park in metred blue zone spaces must still apply for the formentera.eco permit. Drivers can request a parking pass or check the validity of the one they have by visiting formentera.eco and entering their vehicle plate number.

Rent-a-car agencies
Car hire companies can request accreditation for rental fleets by first obtaining a username and password from the Formentera Department of Mobility and then visiting a special section of the formentera.eco website.

As in years past, a reader in La Savina will the scan number plates of in- and out-bound vehicles in order to confirm they are registered. Fines for failing to possess accreditation vary from €1,000 to €10,000.

Formentera.eco 2020
In 2020, the cap on in-bound vehicles is set at 21,487—four per cent lower than in 2019, when the limit was 22,382. According to the conseller, the administration’s roadmap for the current legislative term envisions “sensible and progressive” progress that, in the space of four years, will translate into 16% per cent fewer vehicles on the island. That means lowering the ceiling by 4% every year, a goal which González continues to stand by: “It’s an end-game that reflects the Formentera we want to preserve today and for generations to come”.

5 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

New mobility orders

Now that the phased easing of confinement has begun, the Consell de Formentera has adopted new presidential orders on mobility.

Organisational and safety measures laid out for phase one of confinement de-escalation are as follows:

Masks must be worn in public transport (bus and taxi)

Buses:

* Service reduced by 20% compared to standard winter service. Hours of passage are coordinated with ferry arrivals and departures.
* Buses will travel at up to 50% capacity

Taxis:

* Service reduced by 80%. Five of the island’s 25 licensed drivers may operate in rotating shifts.
* Up to 2 passengers can ride in rear seats
* In coordination with ferry arrivals, taxis will be available at the Port de la Savina bus stop. Elsewhere on the island, riders must contact 971 32 23 42 for service. The chauffeurs’ association is responsible for determining the rotating shifts. Established conditions must be respected.

The current decree shall not affect previous orders such as cleaning measures in buses and taxis or updates from health authorities. Additional cleaning measures will be necessary to ensure surfaces are disinfected in light of new riders. Safeguards are also in place to protect public transport personnel.

Metred blue zone parking remains suspended during this phase of confinement de-escalation

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6 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

New mobility order

foto 2020 nou decret mobilitatPRESIDENTIAL DECREE ON FORMENTERA HIGHWAY TRANSPORT MEASURES AMID COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS

Yesterday, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer signed a new mobility decree laying out the following reductions in public transport service:

1) Buses:

- Reduction of service to 66% of normal level; merging of L1 and L2 routes into a single line linking island’s major towns; service to port for townspeople and Hospital health workers at departure and arrival times of passenger ferries.

Updated times will begin Monday 6 April 2020 and remain in effect for the duration of the state of alarm. For pick-up along certain portions of route, riders must call 695 16 16 36 one hour prior to scheduled stop (or before 9.00pm for the first trip of the next day). No bus service on Saturday afternoons, Sundays or holidays.

2) Taxis:

- Reduction of service to 20% of normal level, bringing total number of operational taxis from 25 to 5. Service for arriving ferry passengers from Port de la Savina bus stop; other travellers must request service by calling 971 32 23 42. Taxi service shall determine shift rotation.

Measures established by preceding decrees remain in effect the present document notwithstanding. For example, hygiene and informational measures decreed by health authorities remain in effect in buses and taxis, and increased sanitising measures must focus on high-touch surfaces. Standing protective measures involve safety of public transport staff.

Two measures in particular bear repeating: buses must not exceed 33% capacity, and taxi passengers must not exceed one per vehicle, save for riders requiring assistance such as minors, the sick, individuals with reduced mobility or in cases with other valid motives. Taxi passengers must ride in the back seat, and multiple passengers must maintain one empty space between them.

Lastly, in an effort to reduce any non-essential movement of vehicles, blue and green zone metred parking remains suspended, as does enforcement of restrictions on overflow lot parking.


4 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Mobility decree re: Covid-19

Given the state of alarm surrounding the Covid-19 health crisis, the Consell de Formentera reports that a decree has been adopted with the following protocol concerning public transport on Formentera roads.

Signed today by Consell president Alejandra Ferrer, the decree mandates a caveat on the continued provision public transport: that both buses and taxis must circulate at 50 per cent capacity. Exceptions are made for taxi passengers such as children, the sick and individuals with reduced mobility who require accompaniment. Failing that, ride-hailers travelling by cab must sit in the back seat and leave one seat of space between them.

Operational taxi service is required by law at the Port de la Savina bus-stop whenever ferries arrive. Across the rest of the island, the service is available by telephone at 971 32 23 42.

Both bus- and cabdrivers must advise passengers of hygienic and precautionary measures to be followed by everyone. They must also follow the recommendations of health authorities with regard to cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. Protocol to safeguard staff according to the indications of health authorities are likewise mandated.

Drivers whom health authorities consider to be particularly at risk are encouraged to stay home from work.

17 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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