Between January and November 2019, nearly 562 million passengers were transported on public transport services within the Lisbon metropolitan area.
According to data from AML - Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, to which Jornal Económico had access, “since the implementation of the new fare system, between April and November 2019, over sixty-three million passengers were transported compared to the same period of 2018, which corresponds to an average increase of 17,4% ”.
According to a statement from AML, "these figures confirm the adequacy of the measure to the needs and ambitions of the population".
"It should be noted that, in the first quarter of 2019, the number of passengers transported already presented an average growth of 5%, in relation to the same period of the previous year", points out AML in the same document.
In the month of November alone, according to the available data, 764.095 passes were sold, which represented an increase of 36,3% compared to the same period in 2018.
"November maintained sales levels slightly lower than October, being the second month with the highest number of pass sales since the implementation of the new fare system", highlights the statement from AML.
Still in November, almost fifty-six million passengers were transported in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, based on the validations of the ticketing system, which translated an increase of 17,9% in the validations registered compared to the same period last year.
“There is also a decrease of 10,1% in relation to the month before October, which is due to the smaller number of working days in November, with holidays during the week, and to school breaks in some schools (with semesters) ”, Clarifies the AML.
In the referred month of November, 88% of passengers transported used passport tickets, and only 12% occasional tickets.
"The loyalty to the transport system is now greater, the result of an increase in the number of passengers with a pass, to the detriment of occasional passengers, a trend that began to register after the implementation of the new fare system, and which continues", points out the AML, stating that “these values are based on the validations of the ticketing system, not considering possible fraud”.
The road sector transports 48% of passengers, railway sector was the one that grew the most
According to data collected by AML, the mode of transport with the most passengers in the metropolitan area of Lisbon is the road, with 48% of the total passengers, followed by the metropolitan with 30% of passengers, the heavy rail with 19% , and the river with 3%.
“However, the mode that recorded the largest increase in passengers since the implementation of the new fare system was the heavy rail, with an increase of around 30% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, when in the first quarter this increase was close to 8% ”, said the statement.
AML also notes that in the month of November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, passengers in the road mode increased by 17%, while those in the subway increased by 12%.
“These data, as a whole, confirm the importance of implementing the new passes as a measure to encourage the regular use of public transport. It should also be stressed the effort and commitment of all players in the system, especially transport operators in different modes, to respond to the challenges introduced by the new tariff system ”, defend the AML officials.
According to this institution, the new 'NAVEGANTE' passes represented 97% of the passes sold in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, corresponding to 60% of these sales to the 'NAVEGANTE Metropolitano' pass, followed by the 'NAVEGANTE Municipal' with 17%, and the '+65' with 14%.
“As in the previous month, there continues to be a growing trend in the demand for the 'NAVIGANTE Família' since its entry into force in August 2019, already representing more than 3% of the system's sales, covering a total of 7.068 households and 26.728 people, ”highlights the AML statement, also noting that more than 109.700 'NAVIGANT 12' passes have been loaded since April.
“Regarding the 'Lisboa VIVA' cards (physical support required to load the 'NAVIGANT' passes) produced, compared to the same period in 2018, there was an increase, in November, of 43%, which means that there are new memberships every month, which translate into more and more frequent users of the public passenger transport service ”, underline the AML officials.