While MobiCascais, an innovative system of integrated mobility, has just concluded this month’s five years of operation, the municipality is preparing to expand the range of vehicles covered. After buses, bicycles, parking lots and trains, very soon scooters will also be part of the integrated mobility service, which can be managed via a smartphone application.
In recent months, the novelties didn’t stop there, and the municipality also announced the acquisition and circulation of hydrogen buses, with the goal of gradually making road transport environmentally neutral.
Since May, residents have already begun to feel the difference in the new network of more environmentally friendly buses with innovative features, which replace the Scotturb buses and which have intensified their presence on the streets and roads of the municipality.
“The new MobiCascais buses, operated by the company Martin S.A., are state-of-the-art vehicles, comply with all environmental standards and provide the passenger a travel experience with more comfort, safety, accessibility and connectivity,” says an official source of the municipality. The vehicles offer significantly better conditions of use, from seats and access ramp for passengers with reduced mobility, video surveillance system, information screens, free access to wi-fi and even USB connection to charge mobile devices. In other words, not only in line with sustainability but also with the new digital era.
Another novelty, which is also a sign of the times, is that these buses allow the transport of bicycles by hand and luggage, to encourage the use of public transport, eliminating the most common barriers. And statistics provided by the Municipality of Cascais reveal that since the availability of bike-sharing in 2017, more than 30,700 users have already been registered, and in leisure bikes, the number exceeds 71,000 users.
“This is a major revolution in public transport in Cascais. Residents win, the environment wins, and we all win because we gain quality of life”, recently emphasized Miguel Pinto Luz, Vice Mayor of Cascais.
Already in 2020, Cascais had assumed a pioneering role, being the first Portuguese municipality to offer free bus transportation for all residents, workers and students, and one of the few at a European level.
At this time, “the municipal network has been expanded, with a new fleet of 96 buses with highly energy-efficient vehicles, which allows for extended coverage of the entire territory”, as new lines were also created with more frequent schedules for its approximately 210 thousand inhabitants and 1.2 million tourists.
In total, “there are 83% more kilometers traveled than the existing network, which translates into about 7 million more kilometers per year,” says a source from Cascais Próxima.
MobiCascais is Cascais’ integrated sustainable mobility management system, based on a platform integrating various transport service operators and a network of infrastructure and equipment, which seeks to promote public transport and various soft mobility solutions such as shared or leisure bicycles, not forgetting electric chargers to accompany the expansion of electric mobility.