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National Express subsidiary ALSA preferred bidder for Porto bus contract

Industry news  •  18 September 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

National Express have been named preferred bidder by the Porto public transport society (STCP) to operate buses in the Portuguese city in a contact lasting ten years.

Lisbon’s ‘One Less Car’ project

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.

Understanding Metro do Porto’s successful business strategy

Issue 4 2012  •  31 August 2012  •  João Nuno Aleluia, Exploitation Department Manager, Metro do Porto

Metro do Porto (MP) integrates six municipalities of the Porto Metropolitan Area (PMA). Playing the backbone role of PMA while structuring the territory, MP offers a high capacity urban transport network, furthering the integration of modes and operators.

From its early stages, MP focused on the capacity and technical performance of the network system, but this gradually evolved into focusing on clients and business, and by the end of the first phase of network construction (between 2000 and 2006), MP’s main concern shifted to optimising transport supply by effectively using resources to maximise the use of the metro system to reflect the PMA’s growing population and demand.

The primary business objective of MP is to carry the maximum possible number of passengers every day. Its vision is to promote sustainable mobility and the region’s com – petitiveness, while creating a quality service to ensure citizens’ well-being.