Santa Cruz to Allocate Over 30 Million Euros for Renewal of Urban Bus Fleet

The City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, through the Department of Mobility, will allocate more than 30 million euros of its own funds for the renewal of the current fleet of urban buses for the public company Transportes Interubanos de Tenerife (Titsa), within an investment plan, of a multi-year nature, which for the current year will have a total budget of 10.4 million euros, as announced by the councilor of the area, Evelyn Alonso.
The councilor explained that this action is part of the actions planned by the municipal area to improve the efficiency of urban collective transport, among which stands out “the acquisition of 60 new hybrid, plug-in or electric buses that will be acquired until the year 2029, in which the current fleet is expected to be renewed.” The objective is to promote road sustainability and reduce the current carbon footprint in the capital.
Alonso explained that this action will imply the expansion of the Santa Cruz Interchange, for which an adjacent plot will be acquired, right on the corner of the Isla de Mar terrace, to locate the hybrid buses. “The Titsa company will be the one that assumes the cost of the site and the City Council will collaborate in its adaptation, since the idea is to allocate this new space to parking and charging points for new urban transport vehicles.”
On the other hand, the capital City Council will implement measures this year that facilitate the efficiency of collective mobility. To this end, commented the Councilor for Mobility, “the technical assistance service for public transport in Santa Cruz will soon be put out to tender and awarded, which will consist of auditing the current urban fleet to determine which lines are needed or which need to be reinforced. regardless of the data that Titsa provides.”
A measure that seeks to promote sustainable transport and for which almost 83 million euros will be allocated in the municipal budget for 2024. Likewise, the update of the order placed with Titsa for the provision of the urban collective transport service of travelers of the municipality, which this year will have an allocation of 12.6 million euros.

Taxi

Regarding public taxi services, the councilor added that this year the strategic plan to improve the competitiveness of public passenger transport with metered vehicles will be incorporated. Actions that will involve continuing the rescue process of 37 more licenses in the capital. “A total of 1.5 million euros will be allocated to this action, of which the City Council will contribute 700,000 euros and the Cabildo the remaining 600,000 euros,” she stressed.
In this sense, he recalled that “this multi-annual and inter-administrative agreement seeks the withdrawal of 151 taxi licenses from the municipality, according to the study carried out, at the request of the City Council, and which has been communicated on several occasions to the Taxi Board.” For this reason, the councilor indicated, “this is an agreement with the Council with an approved agreement that represents a cost of 5,587,000 euros, which will be contributed at a rate of 3,072,850 euros by the City Council and the rest, 2,514. 150 euros, from the Insular Corporation, until 2026.”
Alonso specified that “those taxi drivers who do not accredit the procedures required to put an end to the exploitation of the license will not be paid the corresponding compensation, estimated at 37,000 euros per license.”
In this sense, he highlighted that “scrupulous compliance with the agreements reached will allow the taxi sector to adjust more to the ratio recommended in the suggestions chapter of the study commissioned by this City Council.” He thus announced that “this measure will provide economic stability to a sector that has had a very difficult time during the pandemic and will allow it to look to the future with more optimism, making the number of licenses compatible with the provision of mobility that is provided to citizens as public service”.

PMR

Another of the budget axes for 2024 that the Mobility area will carry out will be based on the granting of new subsidies for the conversion of taxi drivers adapted for People with Reduced Mobility (PMR). 105,000 euros will be invested in aid to the sector to facilitate the acquisition of new or converted taxis to facilitate the transportation of users who have some type of disability.
The PMR adapted taxi service will have aid of up to 15,000 euros per vehicle and 3,000 euros in inspection, with the

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