SOCIALIST Transport Councillor at Palma City Hall - Joaquin Rodriguez and the municipal bus company (EMT) director - Fuensanta Paris, confirmed yesterday that the company board had approved a rise in bus fares for the New Year.
Not everyone was in agreement however, as Opposition Partido Popular councillor Alvaro Gijon said that the hikes were not justifiable. An ordinary single ticket on EMT bus routes will go up from 1.10 to 1.25 euros, a rise of 13.6 percent. For residents living within Palma's municipal boundaries, a bus ride which they would normally purchase using a Citizens Card costing 0.46 euros will go up to 0.65 euros - an even steeper rise of 41.3 percent.
Currently, some 20 percent of bus users buy a single journey ticket and there are over 300'000 who subscribe to the Palma Citizens Card which allows them a discount on public transport.