The international public tender for the acquisition of a public service’s road transport service for the Lisbon metropolitan area (AML) was launched on February 18th at Centro Cultural de Belém.
At a time when environmental sustainability is on both national and international political agendas, environmental concerns are increasing exponentially and this is visible in the measures adopted by governments, such as ZER, which will be implemented starting in June. In order to increase the quality and quantity of public transport for the approximately 2.7 million Portuguese who live in the AML, the country’s largest tender has been launched, which will involve an investment of 1200 million euros and will serve to increase the supply of current services by 40%. “With this tender we are sustainably increasing the available offer, which will translate into new connections, more adapted to people’s needs, new schedules, and more reliability and capacity of services. And we will do it in an integrated way among the 18 municipalities”, says Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon and AML Metropolitan Council.
The tender will cover the AML with 578 lines and is divided into 4 lots that are equivalent to as many areas of the AML territory: two on the north bank and two on the south bank.
Lot 1 – Northwest (Amadora, Oeiras and Sintra; connection to Cascais, Lisbon and outside AML): 133 lines, 33% of demand
Lot 2 – Northeast (Mafra, Loures, Odivelas and Vila Franca de Xira; connection to Lisbon and outside AML): 218 lines, 32% demand
Lot 3 – Southwest (Almada, Seixal and Sesimbra; connection to Barreiro, Lisbon and AML exterior): 116 lines, 18% demand
Lot 4 – Southeast (Alcochete, Moita, Montijo, Palmela and Setúbal; connection to Barreiro, Lisbon and outside AML): 111 lines; 14% demand
From the second half of 2021 it will be possible to count on this new service, which will include a renewed fleet, better schedules and a single image and brand: Carris Metropolitana.