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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.

Formentera takes island's first mobility action plan to local community

foto-pla-mobilitat-2018--2-1This Wednesday the mobility department of the Formentera Council convened the island's league of community representatives, the Consell d'Entitats, for an unveiling of the island's Pla de Mobilitat Sostenible, or “Sustainable Mobility Strategy”. Infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafael González, citizen participation secretary Sònia Cardona, and representatives of IDOM, the firm enlisted in the document's drafting, explained the exact details of the plan to the neighbourhood, land and environment sections of the Consell d'Entitats.

Mobility studies were commissioned by the Council in 2009 and 2017 as part of an effort to generate an analysis of mobility on Formentera. Surveyers had conversations with residents, tourists and other visitors to the island and kept tallies of pedestrians, cyclists, individual vehicles, rental cars and public transport.

Wednesday April 11, when the Consell d'Entitats held an initial participatory session to create a draft plan, attendees got an overview of the data collected and crunched in an effort to define the fundamentals of sustainable mobility on Formentera.

Sustainable Mobility Plan
The result —a targetted action plan— was unveiled last night before members of the Consell d'Entitats. Subsequently the plan will be submitted for preliminary review at the island's July plenary.

Review of the studies gave rise to 12 guiding principles, 34 programmes and 145 proposals requiring further development. Of particular note are the clear steps proposed for public transport upgrades.

After preliminary review, stakeholders will have one month to present comments and objections. Information from yesterday's meeting will be posted to the Council's transparency portal.

The secretary, who described the plan as “crucial, said that while tranquility is at the core of the Formentera experience, but "we're not there yet on mobility". “This strategy gives us a clear path forward in becoming an island that is practical, safe, clean and peaceful”.

Formentera Council revives regulated access at es Cap lighthouse

regulacio-acces-far-es-cap-21The Formentera Council's mobility department announces the Monday June 25 reactivation of a plan to limit car and motorcycle access to es Cap de Barbaria lighthouse.

Tracing current plans to revive the apparatus to the success of last year's effort, secretary Rafael González said the setup was aimed at keeping crowds at the monument to a minimum and preserving a tranquil, natural setting.

Restricted access to the monument, which starts Monday June 25 and continues until September 30, lasts 20 days longer than last year. Last summer the provisions debúted July 1 and were phased out September 15.

Ins and outs of regulated access
Under the system of restricted entry, a roadblock sits at kilometre marker 6.5 of the highway that descends to Formentera's southern-most tip, es Cap (“the Cape”) de  Barbaria. With parking for 60 cars and 100 motor scooters at an adjacent plot, motorists can get out and walk or cycle the remainder of the path to the lighthouse.

When crowds are at their highest—from 11.00am to 1.00pm and again from 6.00pm to 10.00pm—a patrol person will be stationed at the barrier to provide information about the initiative and facilitate vehicle access for individuals with reduced mobility.

Visits to the lighthouse
According to mobility office data, the lighthouse got an average of five hundred visitors per day. At its busiest, the monument typically supports 280, though crowds of up to four hundred visitors have been recorded. The most popular times to visit are sundown after a clear day, followed by cloudy mornings.

González framed the measure as a chance to brand the lighthouse and nearby es Garroveret defence tower as “unmissable excursions in tune with preserving nearby natural surroundings and tranquility”.

Formentera's summer taxi fleet goes all in on hybrids

foto taxi 2018The mobility department of the Formentera Council announces that this summer and next, the island's seasonal taxi fleet is one hundred per cent hybrid.

The measure represents a deepening of the Council's commitment to minimising carbon emissions with sustainable alternatives. Switching conventional vehicles on the island's taxi fleet for sustainable ones is just one strategy adopted by the Council to achieve that goal. Others include gradually upgrading the fleet of municipal vehicles as well, and the so-called fiscalitat verda (Catalan for “green taxation”) practice of offering reduced taxes for drivers of sustainable vehicles.

Seasonal taxis
This year not only has the Council issued more seasonal chauffeur permits, the season has become longer, too. With two new taxis joining the island's summer reinforcements this year and next, the seasonal fleet went from eight in 2016-2017 to ten.

In 2016 and 2017 islanders enjoyed just three months of expanded service (June 15 to September 15). That period has been extended to four months (June 1 to September 30). Of the ten seasonal taxis, five will be on the road from June to August and the remaining five are on duty from July to September. Hence, the adaptive service will be bolstered by the addition of five taxis in June and September and ten in July and August.

Twenty-five vehicles, two of which are accessible for individuals with reduced mobility, form the island's year-round fleet of taxis.

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