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       Metro seat removal not easing overcrowding




       Ever since the implementation of cheaper
       public transportation passes, the foot traffic
       in the Lisbon Metro has increased, leading
       to complaints about overcrowding and the
       overall quality of the transportation system.

          n the wake of this change  trains stop at each station.
          of affairs, the Metro   The clarification comes after
          announced it was        the government’s Programme
       Iremoving seats in order to  for the Aid in Reducing Tariffs
       better accommodate demand.  in Public Transportation
       A move which it now clarifies to  (PART), has been blamed for a
       have started in 2017 in an  sharp rise in public
       effort to enhance the versatility  transportation users. An
       of carriage spaces, which  increase which, some say, the
       could be further used for the  infrastructure in place was not
       transportation of children or  ready to cope with.
       luggage.                   The Lisbon Metro vowed to
       Additionally, seat-removal  “monitor its services
       also allows for the        continuously and every time
       enhancement of the speed at  there are significant variations
       which trains circulate,    in demand, even if
       consequently reducing      occasionally, to adopt
       waiting times and increasing  adequate changes to its  The government’s programme for the Aid in Reducing Tariffs in Public Transportation (PART), has been blamed
                                                              The government’s programme for the Aid in Reducing Tariffs in Public Transportation (PART), has been blamed
                                                              The government’s programme for the Aid in Reducing Tariffs in Public Transportation (PART), has been blamed
                                                              The government’s programme for the Aid in Reducing Tariffs in Public Transportation (PART), has been blamed
                                                              The government’s programme for the Aid in Reducing Tariffs in Public Transportation (PART), has been blamed
       the frequency with which   operations”.                for a sharp rise in public transportation users. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
                                                              for a sharp rise in public transportation users. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
                                                              for a sharp rise in public transportation users. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
                                                              for a sharp rise in public transportation users. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
                                                              for a sharp rise in public transportation users. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
       Pestana Hotel Group takes legal action against dredging                                             The Hotel Group claims risk to local economy
                                                                                                           The Hotel Group claims risk to local economy
                                                                                                           The Hotel Group claims risk to local economy
                                                                                                           The Hotel Group claims risk to local economy
                                                                                                           The Hotel Group claims risk to local economy
                                                                                                           and environment are behind move.
                                                                                                           and environment are behind move.
                                                                                                           and environment are behind move.
                                                                                                           and environment are behind move.
                                                                                                           and environment are behind move.
        Earlier this month the Pestana Group  from dredging on the Tagus estuary.  violates national and European law.  studies. APSS further defends its position
       filed an urgent motion with the courts to  A Pestana spokesperson said that  The Setúbal and Sesimbra Port   by stating that the intervention is necessary
       suspend, effective immediately, the Permit  ‘dredging on the delta zone of the Tagus  Administration (APSS) already  for the enhancement of ‘sailing safety’,
       to Use National Maritime Space (TUPEM)  estuary will have irreversible impacts on  announced that it will be challenging the  while improving the port’s capacity ‘to
       granted to Mota-Engil. The Hotel Group  the regional economy, as well as the  motion, claiming that dredging is  receive larger ships with better
       made the move in order to stop Mota-Engil  environment’, adding that the TUPEM  supported by previous environmental  environmental performances’.
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