Algarve metrobus route study launched

Algarve metrobus to link several areas in Faro, Loulé and Olhão 

The Algarve’s regional development commission (CCDR Algarve) has launched a technical study into the route of the region’s future busway (called a ‘metrobus’).

According to a CCDR Algarve statement, the proposed route is expected to link Faro, the Gago Coutinho Airport, the University of the Algarve campus in Gambelas, Parque das Cidades in Loulé (near the Algarve Stadium) and Olhão.

The project is being developed by the municipal councils of Faro, Olhão and Loulé, the University of the Algarve, airport authority ANA and tourism board Turismo do Algarve, and is part of the Portugal 2030 programme, having been recognised by the European Commission (EC) as a “structuring project” for the region in the Algarve 2030 programme, CCDR Algarve says.

Its goal is to develop a “sustainable multimodal urban mobility” option in the region as part of a “transition to a zero-carbon emissions economy” and the “decarbonisation of public transportation in the region.”

In a region where quality and reliable public transportation options are sorely needed, authorities are hoping that the ‘metrobus’ will help cut down on the number of daily commutes carried out in private cars.

The future 38km bus rapid transit (BRT) system, to be served by an electric bus which will travel in its own bus lane and feature 24 stops, is expected to be used by a population of around 185,000 people in the three municipalities – in other words, around 40% of the Algarve’s population.

By Michael Bruxo

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