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Formentera enthusiastic about playbook ahead under Maritime Transport decree

foto decret transport maritim 2The Formentera Council welcomes a series of proposed measures from the regional government that were laid out yesterday as part of an unveiling by two administration officials—minister of territory, energy and mobility Marc Pons and head of ports and airports Xavier Ramis—of an order known as the Maritime Transport decree.

CiF president Jaume Ferrer called the order “a crucial step on the road to definitive approval” for a measure aimed at “addressing an issue that has held the attention of the Formentera Council for three legislative terms already”. Ferrer congratulated the Balearic ministry and directorate general of territory (a field often called “spatial planning” in Europe) on the success of their work with Formentera's mobility department in building consensus around the decree's overarching vision for the island's maritime transport, and confided: “We're looking forward to the prospect of the decree's speedy completion and adoption”.

Maritime Transport decree
The decree has its roots in Llei 11/2010 (November 2), a piece of legislation concerning maritime transport empowering the Govern balear to dictate regulations and administrative provisions necessary to assuring regular transport in tune with the mobility needs of people in the region. The legislation also regulates transport associated with leisure and tourism, and gives legal force to the scheduling and frequency of passages between islands as well as requirements of guaranteed service provision.

Identifying the route linking the La Savina (Formentera) and Eivissa ports as a “strategic line” and a “maritime route in the public interest”, the decree affords special attention to the case of Formentera and the features that amplify residents' perceived remoteness. The idea is to accommodate Formentera travellers whose travel plans, whether early morning or late night, necessarily involve passage through Eivissa.

CiF mobility secretary Rafael González welcomed the new order on the grounds that it addresses many pleas voiced locally. “Early-bird and red-eye ferry journeys between Formentera and Eivissa were high on that list”, said González, “along with the need to regulate sea excursions and guaranteeing universal access to them”. The secretary applauded the Govern's commitment to finding solutions for those sticking points. “The proposed formulas will be reviewed once the documents are made available to ensure they address and resolve the concerns of Formentera residents", he said.

A period for public comments on the order, beginning today, means that contributions will be accepted from the distinct entities, groups and institutions with ties to maritime transport.

Winter hours in effect for Formentera's metred parking service

foto zona blava 3The Formentera Council's mobility department reports that beginning Thursday November 1, winter hours will take effect across metred parking areas in La Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran. Meanwhile, in Es Pujols, traffic wardens will cease to enforce the pay-to-park system in zona blava (“blue zone”) spaces until the start of summer. Elsewhere metred parking will be in force Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 2.00pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Parking is free on Sundays and bank holidays.

Cars parked in blue zone spots can remain there up to three days, unlike in summer, when the limit is one day. Green zone (zona verda) spots on the other hand are reserved for authorised vehicles, which can be parked for no more than three days, and La Savina residents carrying proof of residence, who can leave vehicles parked for as many as 15 days, just like in summer.

15-minute spots
From November 1 islanders will notice brand-new 15-minute spaces along with accompanying parking passes that feature an updated look. 15-minute spots in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran are designed to encourage frequent vehicle turnover in those areas where business activity is concentrated and parking spaces are in short supply.

Free for everyone, the new 15-minute parking passes can be obtained and used in pay-to-park lots across the island. A 15-minute ticket can be used to park in any blue zone. Three-day passes are valid for all parking spaces except those dedicated to 15-minute use.

The Formentera Council will stage an outreach push in November to inform islanders of changes. Parking attendants' primary task will be to educate motorists and business owners in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Savina

113 Formentera riders request reduced fare cards for Palma bus

bus-palma-descompte1The Formentera Council’s mobility department reports eighty islanders have already obtained cards letting them ride buses in Palma at a reduced fare. The Citizen Information Office, or OAC, began processing applications for the cards September 5.

One hundred thirteen requests have been logged to date–eighty have been answered with discount cards already, and twenty of those have gone to students. All Formentera residents may request the card, which entitles its holder to a discounted fare when travelling to or from the city of Palma’s port or airport.

A full-fare ride from the airport to downtown Palma used to set riders back €5. Cardholders travel the same distance for just €1. Student ID cards, which entitle their holders to lower prices when riding any line on Palma’s metropolitan transit network, are reserved for individuals listed on Formentera’s municipal registry, or padró, and enrolled in an educational programme in Palma.

Local residents can request reduced fare cards for Palma buses at OAC/OVAC

foto-bus-port-aeroport-palmaThe Formentera Council's mobility department wishes to that islanders can now request a card for reduced fare on buses in Palma de Mallorca.

The card entitles Formentera residents to the same discounted fare as their neighbours in Palma when riding the bus lines linking the airport and port with the city centre. Travelling from Palma to the airport will go from costing five euros to one, while riders who get on in Palma and get off at the port will pay €0.80 instead of €1.50.

Formentera residents currently attending university or following technical studies on Mallorca will be able to enjoy the same reduced fare as their counterparts in Palma.

Requests for the reduced fare card can be processed in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the OVAC. The card must be picked up in person at the OAC.

Bus service to keep special hours for Saturday's Flower bash and Sant Jaume celebrations

foto pujada-busThe Formentera Council's mobility department announces that, this Saturday night for Sant Francesc's Flower party and again for Sant Jaume celebrations on Tuesday (July 24) and Wednesday (July 25), special operating hours will be in effect for the island's bus service.

For everyone who wants to get in on the Formentera Flower fun this Saturday, or check out the concerts this Tuesday and Wednesday at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, a dedicated bus service provide public transport between Sant Francesc and other towns and central points on the island.

In the words of mobility secretary Rafael González, the special service is intended for islanders and tourists “who want to enjoy the festivities without having to get behind the wheel”. He also heralded an additional effect—fewer traffic accidents.

Saturday's Flower
The line which hitches es Pujols and Sant Francesc, and, in the process, makes stops in sa Roqueta and la Savina, will begin service at 10.00pm in es Pujols and run every thirty minutes until 1.00am. Every half hour from 1.30am to 5.30am, buses will leave Sant Francesc and set out towards es Pujols.

The line connecting la Mola with Sant Francesc will also pass through Hotel Riu, es Caló, es Ca Marí and Sant Ferran and make two evening runs—one departing at 11.10pm and another at 12.10am. Meanwhile, a total of five departures from Sant Francesc are planned to get residents of la Mola home safe and sound. That service begins at 1.30am and continues every hour until 5.30pm.

Concerts on Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th
Buses setting out from la Savina and serving ses Salines, sa Roqueta, es Pujols and Sant Ferran before arriving in Sant Francesc begin running at 8.30pm. The service will continue every 45 minutes until 10.45pm.

Another circuit, this one linking la Savina and la Mola, starts in the port at 8.20pm and runs until 4.00am. Buses in the opposite direction will leave la Mola at 9.15pm, 10.15pm and 12.45am on a path to Sant Francesc.

Users of the evening's special bus service will be charged €4 for single and €6 for return tickets.

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