The public transport tariff reduction support program obtains an additional 15 ME
Transport authorities will receive a total of 15 million euros to strengthen the Fare Reduction Support Program (PART), due to the drop in public transport passengers during the pandemic, according to a diploma published on January 28.
According to the diploma, published in the Official Journal, the extraordinary reinforcement of the financing of public passenger transport services, amounting to 15 million euros, will be paid through the Environment Fund and is based on the “need extraordinary funding to provide essential public passenger transport services”, given the persistence of the “effects and severity of the pandemic crisis in the mobility system”.
The Lisbon metropolitan area receives 6,924,923 euros, the largest share of this reinforcement, and the Porto metropolitan area receives 4,787,706 euros.
The Intermunicipal Communities of Cávado (‘670.705), Ave (‘242.738), Oeste (‘227.662), Region of Coimbra (‘501.723), Region of Leiria (102.675), Viseu, Dão and Lafões (891.552), Beiras and Serra da Estrela (259,975), Alentejo Litoral (137,266), Alto Alentejo (89,208) and Alentejo Central (163,867).
In the diploma it is emphasized that, “to solve the problems of underfunding of the public passenger transport system, following the more serious pandemic scenario verified in the first quarter of 2021”, an extraordinary reinforcement of 30 million euros had already been authorized in July 2021 and another of 51.5 million euros in November 2021.
This amount of reinforcement now allocated does not prevent “the need to assess the funding gaps for the rest of 2021 not covered by the support already granted”, he specified.
The supervision and control of this funding is the responsibility of the Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT), “ensuring that there will be no overcompensation in all the measures implemented and determining the restitution funds by the operators, if this has happened.
The transport organizing authorities concerned will have to present “a declaration attesting that the operators who have funds to earn have fulfilled their information duties with the AMT and mentioning the sums already paid and due to each of the operators in their area of intervention”.
They must also undertake “to transfer the funds to the operators in proportion to the value of the debt and the fulfillment of the duties of information”, specifies the law.
According to a report published by the government on January 6, the Environment Fund has applied 280.1 million euros to support the reduction of public transport fares in 2021, an amount which already includes the reinforcements of funds beyond what was provided for in the state budget.