December 14, 2019. The President of the Government, Francina Armengol, and the Mayor of the Spanish City of Palma, José Hila, have presented the new bus fleet of the Municipal Transport Company (EMT). The public company has acquired 100 new vehicles, which will run on natural gas, worth 32 million euros. The Government has contributed 7.1 million through the capital fund and the European Regional Development Fund (Feder).
Of the hundred new vehicles, 20 will start operating before the end of the year, while the rest will do so before spring 2020.
Armengol has highlighted the institutional collaboration to be able to carry out policies that give solution to the needs of the citizens and allow achieving challenges, such as environmental. In this sense, she has claimed public transport as the most comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly solution. She has also considered the impulse of public transport as essential to initiate an efficient transition and thus comply with the 2030 Balearic Agenda.
For his part, the Mayor of Palma, José Hila, said that sustainability is a strategic commitment, a priority objective of the City Council of Palma. In this regard, he recalled that as of December 18, a revolution will begin to the EMT with an offer of more quality, more frequencies and more sustainable buses. According to Hila, this initiative improves public transport to provide an alternative and add restrictions to the private vehicle in the center.