Around 700,000 users are already benefiting from the Young Persons Season Ticket in its first six months
The new Young Persons Season Ticket, set into operation by the Community of Madrid on 1 October last, completed its first six months of life today, with a total of 683,898 users. All of them are already benefiting from the advantages of this transport pass, which allows young people in the region from 7-26 years of age to travel round all the Regional Transport Consortium fare zones at the flat rate of 20 euro.
The Community of Madrid Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Pedro Rollán, recalled today its entry into service six months ago at Ciudad Universitaria metro station, along with a group of young beneficiaries of the Young Persons Transport Season Ticket. Rollán emphasized that “without as shadow of doubt the university population present here today is one of the groups most benefited by this measure”.
The new Young Persons Season Ticket, which is financed by the government of the autonomous community with at least 84 million euro, has surpassed all expectations, as the initial forecast set the number of users who would take advantage of this measure at 550,000.
The municipalities with the largest number of users who have validated their Young Persons Public Transport Cards (TTP) are, besides the city of Madrid with 308,911 validations, Fuenlabrada with 15,386, Móstoles with 14,835, Getafe with 13,921, Leganés with 13,302, Alcalá de Henares with 12,304, Alcorcón with 11,224, Parla with 8.664, Pozuelo with 8,024, and Las Rozas with 7,691 users.
These figures show how the measure has had a profound repercussion in the main population centres in the region, where mobility is one of the most important factors determining quality of life.
Besides increasing the age of use from 23 to 26, as a new feature, introduction of the new Young Persons Season Ticket has included the application of a flat rate at the one-off price of 20 euro to all fare zones where the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium transport passes are valid. These zones comprise the A to C2, to which we have to add the Castilla-La Mancha ones (E1 and E2).
Prior to 1 October 2015, young people between 7-23 years old who used the Young Persons Season Ticket paid 30.30 euro for the B1 and B2 interzone pass and 97.40 euro for the E2 zone, depending on their fare zone; whereas users 23-26 years old had to pay 47.90 euro for the B1 and B2 interzone pass and 131.80 euro as far as fare zone E2.
With the entry into force of the new rate, young people from 7-26 years of age pay 20 euro only for their 30-day season ticket, with the possibility of travelling round all the fare zones. The saving obtained by these young people ranges between 34-85%, which has represented a considerable economic benefit for their families. When applicable, this price is also subject to all the respective discounts established for members of large families and handicapped persons.
The Young Persons Season Ticket has the dual aim of improving and facilitating the mobility of the young population on a general basis, enhancing our environmental quality by reducing the use of private transport, and promoting and consolidating habitual use of collective transport for all journeys. This measure has succeeded in achieving increased use of public transport and greater awareness and loyalty amongst younger people.
Extension of the age limit of the Young Persons Transport Season Ticket from 23 to 26 and establishing a flat rate of 20 euro are measures corresponding to commitments 103 and 104 of the electoral programme of the President of the Community of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, already welcomed with the most fervent approval
Thanks to this commitment in the area of public transport, the Young Persons Season Ticket Day has been set into operation, on the 20th of every month. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate both access for young people to different facilities and events taking place on dates close to the 20th of the month and their participation in various sporting, cultural or leisure activities.
In the course of the first 6 months some 1200 young people have benefited and taken part in the various activities organized for the use and promotion of the new Young Persons Public Transport Card (TTP). By way of the Regional Transport Consortium, the Community of Madrid will go on offering new promotions, so that during the coming weeks there will be 10 new activities, amongst which special mention should be made of the Short Story Competition in Metro Madrid.
In this way, in April the holding of the Young Persons Season Ticket Day will coincide with the date of Book Day, which is why a competition has been designed in which participants will have to write a short story while making the journey between Legazpi and Nuevos Ministerios on Line 6 of the Underground.
A prior selection will be carried out amongst all those enrolled at website www.ventex20.com who have submitted a story on the subject “travelling on public transport is living”. From these the finalists will come who will take part in the competition on 23 April, the day when the 20 winners will be chosen by a jury panel presided over by the writer Lorenzo Silva. The prize will be two tickets to attend the Madrid Masters Tennis Tournament plus a literary gift item.
NEW PUBLIC TRANSPORT CARD (TTP) RELOADING POINTS
As of 15 March last the Regional Transport Consortium Public Transport Card may be reloaded at over 500 dispensing machines spread over 92 stations in the Renfe Suburban Rail (Cercanías) network in the Community of Madrid. These join the 1450 dispensing machines that already enable this operation to be carried out at the 301 stations in the Metro Madrid network.
Besides at these points, it may also be reloaded at the 26 Regional Transport Consortium offices, distributed in 11 municipalities in the region, at transport interchanges, Consortium offices in the Metro network, EMT offices, authorized tobacconists, and duly marked Bankia ATMs.
At all the machines it is possible to load all Transport Season Tickets of all fare zones and types, with the exception of Annual Season Tickets, which are loaded at the time of obtaining the Card. Payments may be made either in cash or with a bank card.