The Mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martinez Almeida informed on Monday that two zero-emissions buses will be operating in the city’s downtown free of charge.
These units are 100% electric and are part of the Madrid 360 anti-pollution mobility plan.
The Mayor added that the buses’ routes had been altered following a demand study conducted by the Regional Transport Consortium.
In this sense, he clarified that the fleet will have two routes: the first one, between the Moncloa and Atocha stations; and will not conclude on Felipe II as it was initially planned. And the second one will go from Argüelles to Puerta Toledo, instead of from San Fernando to Puerta de Toledo.
Attendees to this event included PP leader Pablo Casado; the President of the Community of Madrid Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and regional Vice President Ignacio Aguado.
Martínez Almeida recalled that the Madrid 360 plan was proposed back in October as an alternative to Manuela Carmena’s Plan-A aimed at fighting against pollution and reaching the zero-emissions goal.
“In February, we will be presenting Madrid 360 at EU institutions,” he stated.
Similarly, they will “travel to Brussels to lay out a strategy that is initially 15% more ambitious than Madrid Central”.
He added they will request a €5 million investment from the government of Pedro Sanchez to implement a high occupancy vehicle lane at A-42.
The purpose of this initiative is that Plaza Eliptica is no longer “one of the most contaminated places in the city”.
Other ongoing projects also touch on the matter of mobility in the city.
For instance, the Menéndez Pelayo underground parking in front of El Retiro, as sources familiar with the environment and mobility sectors told EFE. This initiative will be aimed at “improving urban infrastructures in the area.”
Meanwhile, the parking lot will cover a surface going from the 12 de octubre to the O’Donell street.
Regional authorities assure this demand study is in the works and a financial assessment should be conducted after its conclusion.
Diseñamos un plan de movilidad especial con motivo del cierre de la línea 4 de metro. La @EMTmadrid conectará Avenida de América con Pinar de Chamartín mediante un servicio especial y un operativo específico regulará y controlará el tráfico. https://t.co/mQEx1eCESl pic.twitter.com/sB75wVUrXG
— Ayuntamiento Madrid (@MADRID) January 10, 2020
Ecologistas en acción presented a report titled “Air Quality in Madrid throughout 2019”. This document warns that, for the tenth year in a row, the city infringed the limits established by European law.
With regard to this, Martínez Almeida said he is “used to being criticized all the time” and has asked the organization to “not get involved in politics.”
Municipality promoting zero-emissions initiatives
Furthermore, the Madrid City Hall, through the Department of Environment and Mobility led by Borja Carabante, signed three agreements with Naturgy’s UFD Distribución de Electricidad; i-DE, Iberdrola’s distribution branch, and Red Eléctrica de España on Friday. The goal of these agreements is to address the process of a transition to an energy model that is sustainable and emissions-free.
Esta mañana hemos firmado un convenio con @iberdrola @Naturgy y @RedElectricaREE para impulsar la transición energética en Madrid hacia un modelo más sostenible, descarbonizado y eficaz https://t.co/mHJoIot9W5 pic.twitter.com/L6bp8DzNhH
— Borja Carabante (@bcarabante) January 10, 2020
In this way, Carabante said, “we contribute to the Paris climate goals, the EU climate agenda, and Madrid’s commitment as a member of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.”
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