Carris (Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa) - Articles and news items
Issue 4 2012 • 3 September 2012 • Luís Miguel Vale do Couto, Marketing Director, CARRIS
The ‘One Less Car’ project was launched in 2009 by CARRIS – the main public transportation company in Lisbon, Portugal. This new project promotes the use of sustainable forms of urban mobility – mainly highlighting the benefits of using public transport on a regular basis.
Mobility is essential to economic and social development; it enables the public to move freely, gain access to trade, communicate and establish and maintain relationships. Yet the development of mobility also brings congestion, air pollution, traffic-related accidents and the environmental costs of transportation.
Current mobility trends are unsustainable which means that the growing worldwide demand for transportation cannot be met simply by expanding today’s means of transportation.
It is against this background that CARRIS began a sustainable mobility project in 2009 to address the complex challenges that this sector must address to do its part in helping the world achieve sustainable development.
Carris (Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa) is the urban transport operator of Lisbon and throughout its 137 years of existence, has constantly been aware of its responsibilities. Carris’ development policy and strategy seeks to change behavioural role and organisational structure, making public transport more attractive and efficient with a view to sustainability. As an urban transport operator, Carris has a significant role in urban mobility and accessibility, contributing to the development and sustainability of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon.
The company’s priorities are as follows: operational cost reduction, optimising available resources, transport safety and security, energy and environmental aspects, innovation and continuous improvement in the quality of transport service.