Two months of ‘cheaper travel passes’ sees public transports ‘snowed under’

Two months since the government slashed the cost of passes for bus and rail travel, public transport chiefs are having “difficulties responding” to demand.

Diário de Notícias broke the news, saying it precedes the implementation of cheap ‘family passes’, which will add to gathering pressure.

The crisis is most apparent in Lisbon, says the paper, where now 160,000 people are taking advantage of better value public transport.

Other areas – like the Algarve – have not been so obviously affected, largely because public transport services are so few and far between in many localities that they fail completely to respond to populations’ travel needs.