Palma.—The cost of a single bus ticket on Palma's EMT municipal bus routes for those not holding a Palma Citizens' card is going to rise from 1.25 euros to 1.50 euros - a 20 percent rise - on 10th January, the City Council said yesterday.

The City Council said in a statement that the price hike had been given the green light by the Balearic Islands' Price Commission and will be applied to all lines run by the EMT public bus company. It will mean that there will be price adjustments not just for a single ticket, but also for the 10 journey saver card and for those using the Palma Citizens' Card to pay for bus journeys.

The change will not affect money which has already been credited to citizens' cards to purchase bus journeys. Holders can go on using the card until the money for the bus rides runs out, 30 days after the credit was first made. People who have bought the 10 journey saver card can go on using the card even after 10th January until the bus trips have been used up.

Three new categories are being introduced for people using the tariff on the Palma citizens' card which allows an unlimited amount of journeys within the space of a month. Children aged between 6 and 16, and pensioners who can show a “Gran B” or “Carnet Verd” (green card) can buy unlimited travel for 7 euros; and large families can buy the same for 10 euros. Altogether, tariffs are going up by between 10 and 50 cents, putting the average tariff at 69 cents.

As of 10th January, those holding the Palma Citizens' card will pay 80 cents for a single journey and non-card holders will pay 1.50 euros; school and university students will pay 45 cents; senior citizens, large families and children between 6 and 16 - who until last year rode free - will start to pay 30 cents a journey. Only children up to five-years-old and the very elderly with a special pass will continue to ride free.

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