The 20-euro Young Persons Season Ticket reaches the million user mark and allows Madrilenians to save 100 million euro
The 20-euro Young Persons Season Ticket, one of the first initiatives set into operation by the President of the Community of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, has in barely 15 months surpassed the million user mark, an extremely important figure equivalent to the population of such cities as Birmingham, Athens or Cologne.
The Regional President celebrated this at Sol Station together with the young user of season ticket one million, a figure that she asserted is the result of two of the most important measures enacted this legislature in fulfilment of her electoral programme: on the one hand, the establishment of the flat rate of 20 euro for travelling round all the fare zones and, on the other, its extension from the age of 23 to 26 years.
In the 15 months that have passed since this rate came into force on 1 October 2015, Madrid families have saved over 100 million euro in transport. Specifically, every user has been able to save or assign to other needs between 180-1,341.6 euro a year, depending on the areas in the region in which they live.
In the words of the Regional President, these are facts that “clearly show how the policies of the Community of Madrid offer alternatives of sustainable mobility to the citizens, with no impositions of any kind”.
To go on fomenting the use of public transport, a new awareness campaign gets off the ground tomorrow, aimed especially at young people. The intention hereby is to continue reinforcing the objectives set by the Government of the Community of Madrid right from the outset of the legislature, namely promoting the use of public transport amongst young people, with more economic and affordable fares; arouse awareness regarding its importance as an alternative to the private vehicle; and progress in the sphere of social cohesion and territorial rebalance. The Regional President announced the launch of this campaign at Plaza de Pontejos, alongside an interurban bus bedecked with awareness messages relating to the use of public transport.
Cifuentes pointed out that “this policy has succeeded in fomenting mobility, tourism and the economy in the region at the same time” and she singled out the fact that with the new season ticket over 80,000 new users, half of them from the private vehicle sector, now use public transport on a regular basis, and 75% will go on using it when they reach the age of 26, as has been revealed by a survey carried out by the Regional Transport Consortium last October.
The President of the Community also recalled other initiatives of her Government to foment the use of public transport, including the assignment of 940.5 million euro to the different means of public transport and the hiring of 360 new metro drivers, which will be joined by the recent creation of another 590 jobs, making a total of as many as 950 new operators.
She also made mention, as additional measures, of the freezing of fares in this legislature; the Accessibility Plan to install more than 80 lifts in the metro; the season ticket for unemployed workers attached to the employment activation programme; technological modernization by means of the installation of fast-charging USB ports for mobile devices; free access of bicycles with no time limits at 92 stations; and the access of dogs to the metro network.
“Public transport promotion and fomenting policies represent one of the mainsprings not only in the sphere of mobility, but also in the area of the social policies of the Government of the Community of Madrid. That is because with the Young Persons Season Ticket Madrilenians extend their mobility options and benefit from a considerable saving, as the million users who now enjoy it can confirm. And these are figures that we are sure will increase in the future”, asserted Cifuentes.