From 1 September, 270,000 users who already have the Intermodal Card will benefit from these measures.
From 1 September until 31 December the train and metro service will be free of charge in Mallorca, as a result of the discount announced by the state. In addition, there will be an initial 50% discount on the TIB network bus service.
This was confirmed today by the councillor for Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí, who expressed his gratitude for the double commitment made yesterday by the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, regarding the free train and metro service in Mallorca and the increase in subsidies for land transport in Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera to reduce fares by up to 70%.
“The Spanish government has been receptive to the requests made by the Government of the Balearic Islands,” said Minister Marí, “and has recognised the uniqueness of the islands.
Marí clarified that they will now work with Madrid to close the economic agreement to pay for the free train and metro service in Mallorca, while “we will collaborate with the island councils so that they can make use of the 20% increase in subsidies announced by Sánchez for the rest of the islands that do not have a rail network”.
Marí said that all these measures pursue a clear objective: “to continue working to promote citizens’ access to public transport, in line with helping people with economic measures that also encourage less car use, with the consequent savings in petrol, and more sustainable mobility,” he added.
For his part, the director general of Mobility and Land Transport, Jaume Mateu, the manager of the Mallorca Transport Consortium, Maarten Van Bemmelen, and the manager of SFM, Mateu Capellà, explained the technical details of the application of the subsidies that will come into force in Mallorca on 1 September.
How will it be applied?
Users travelling with the Intermodal Card will be able to access the train and metro free of charge, and in the case of journeys that include train and bus, the user will only pay the corresponding fare on the bus with the discount applied.
From 1 September, all fares will be reduced by 50%. Therefore, the first journey made by the user in September will already be half the price compared to the first journey in previous months. Thus, a user making the Palma – Inca journey, who paid €2.80 for the first journey, will now pay €1.40.
For the following journeys, the price will be reduced with respect to the base price and depending on the points accumulated by the user on their Intermodal Card. Thus, a person who makes 40 journeys in the same calendar month will benefit from a discount of up to 72% compared to what they are currently paying.
For example, a person with a general profile who makes 4 hops journeys now pays €73.80 per month; with the discount they will pay €20.70 per month.
Bearing in mind that this is the highest fare with the Intermodal Card (General Profile, 4 hops), no user will pay more than 21 euros per month, confirming public transport as a much more economical mobility option than the private vehicle.
The TIB + EMT transfer (or the other way round) continues to be free, so that the journey on the urban network is and will continue to be free.
Journeys on the metro line to the UIB (M1) will be free if the user uses the Intermodal Card; if they use the Citizen Card (EMT) they will pay the EMT fare corresponding to their profile or season ticket.
270 thousand active cards
On the other hand, it is important to note that the free train service and the discount of more than 50% on the bus service in Mallorca applies to journeys made with the Intermodal Card.
Therefore, these measures will benefit from the outset the 270,000 users who currently have the card.
All users who already have the card do not have to do anything to benefit from the new measures. From 1 September, the new fares will be applied automatically. However, the card must still be validated at the entrance and exit of the bus, train and metro.
For those who do not yet have the card, the Consorci de Transports de Mallorca is reinforcing the issuing service in Palma, Inca and Manacor to make it easier to obtain it. The card can also be applied for in Alcúdia and at the points set up at the citizen service offices in Marratxí and Llucmajor, and at municipal offices in other towns on the island.
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