Fernando Medina ensures that the assumption "of the property and the management of the" Rail by the city of Lisbon "is not a question of the exercise of power of an administrative nature", but rather a decision "strategic in order to achieve the improvement of public transport". Still, the mayor warns that the situation "will not change from day to night" and "revert" the "level of degradation" the current is "a challenge for the next decade".
Very critical of him that it was the performance of the Carris and Lisbon Metro over the last few years, the president of the Chamber of Lisbon upheld even though these companies no longer provide "a public service" ("that ensures the needs" of the population), limiting the offer "a transport service".
Looking for the whole of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, considered to be "a jumble, absolutely unintelligible, garbled and irrational," with "hundreds of titles of transport, dozens of operators" and assigned licenses to private companies based on criteria that not for the "public service".
in the Face of this reality, the mayor understands that the path passes by to promote "integration ” metropolitan", to ensure "accessibility" and by recovering the "credibility" of public transport. Fernando Medina, the tariff now charged "are not compatible with an effective mobility policy", it being his opinion that "there is no real public transport that does not have a dimension of public funding associated with it".
When the Rails pass through to the camera (allowing for a "joint" service "with the public highway, the parking, the network ciclável, other operators and instruments of mobility"), the mayor believes that the railway line of Cascais will be "the great stone which is missing." Noting that this "has been deteriorating a lot over the years," Fernando Medina stressed the importance of establishing a connection, in Alcântara, between the lines of Cascais and the Waist.
the councilman of Planning and Urbanism of the city of Lisbon has highlighted the importance of establishing this "continuity" and added to the list of changes desired by the municipality to the arrival of convoys of the Fertagus to the Gare of the East. Manuel Salgado also wants to see the consummation of the connection of the lines the green and yellow of the Metropolitan of Lisbon (between the Mouse and the Cais do Sodré station) and the expansion of the red line to São Sebastião the Field of Ourique.
As for that that may be the offer of the Rails when the camera taking over its management, the councillor explained that the idea is "to redesign the bus network in three levels: "a network of proximity, neighborhoods, organized by parishes", "a network of general distribution" to cover "the entire city" and a "fast network" that serves as the main poles, traffic generators and make the connection with the train stations and metro.
Another of the speakers at the conference on sustainable mobility held this Tuesday was the president of Carris, metro and Transtejo, which recognised the need "to recover the quality of the service" of these companies and to "reverse the process that was oriented to a sustainability solely financial". Is accurate, said James Fahn, "to ensure that there is provision, not only that there is business".
echoing the words of Fernando Medina about the time it will take to reverse the current situation, the president of the transport company asked for "time", but admitted that this is something "difficult ” to require those who have already waited too long".