Almeria City is ‘quicker on foot’ say locals

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Photo: Guillaume Capron
ALMERIA: A city for walking

ONLY 11 per cent of Almeria City residents use public transport.
Forty-nine per cent of journeys inside the city are made on foot and 38.6 per cent of residents use their own cars. Thirty-five per cent of bus passengers are students and 24 per cent use them to get to and from work.
The public transport network is inadequate and has not been reviewed in 14 years, found a study carried out for the recently-approved Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PMUS).
Twenty-seven per cent told PMUS researchers that they preferred their own cars but 63 per cent answered that they shunned public transport because it did not answer their needs.
Twenty-four per cent said the service was inadequate, 20 per said it was too slow and 19 per cent said there were too few buses. There were also complaints that buses were inaccessible for those with mobility problems.
As a result, buses are on average only 30.4 per cent full. Line 1, with buses every 20 minutes, and Line 18, which goes out to the university, are the only routes where buses are more than 45 per cent full.

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