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IU-Verdes proposes a solution to improve the mobility needs of neighborhood residents (06/09/2019)

Councilwoman Gloria Martín has explained that the neighbors who ride at the Doña Inés stop take an hour and twenty-five minutes to travel the distance of 34 kilometers that separates them from Lorca, which seems more typical of a developing country that of a European one

The councilor of Izquierda Unida-Verdes has denounced the deficiencies in the public transport service provided by the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia through a private company that affects the Highlands of Lorca.

Martín explained that, for example, the neighbors who ride the Doña Inés stop take an hour and twenty-five minutes to travel the distance of 34 kilometers that separates them from Lorca, which for the councilor of the United Left is "more typical of a developing country than a European one. "

And it is that the bus of the Lorca-Caravaca line leaves from Monday to Friday during the week to Lorca from Doña Inés (06.40 h), Coy (06.50 h), Avilés (06.55 h), Zarcilla de Ramos (07.10 h), La Paca (07.25 h), and Las Terreras (07.35 h), to reach the town center at 08.05 hours.

The return takes place in the opposite direction from Lorca (14.30 h) to Doña Inés (15.35 h).

The second line runs between Lorca (12.20 h) and Doña Inés (13.20 h), only one way, and no longer passes through Las Terreras.

This causes that the residents of this population center that have moved to the town center to carry out any management, have to wait until 14.30 hours to return to their homes using the Lorca-Caravaca line.

The third, also only one way, departs from La Paca at 09:30 hours, passes through Zarcilla de Ramos (09.45 am) and arrives in Lorca at 10.15 hours.

As if that were not enough, no bus passes through Zarzadilla de Totana, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays there is no service for anyone.

Martin said that the service is not far from the one offered by the 'mail' that operated in the middle of the last century and has demanded that the regional authorities implement another transport model that "significantly improves the mobility possibilities of the inhabitants of these villages, "mostly elderly people.

In that sense, Gloria Martín asks the municipal government team to transfer to the next Director General of Transportation (has not yet been designated by the regional president) the need to implement a Program of Interurban Public Transportation similar to the one already offered, for example, the Junta de Andalucía.

It is a rural taxi service on demand that works in collaboration with the City Councils, which are responsible for managing the reservations that occur, organizing the routes, as well as controlling the issuance of the invoices issued by the taxi drivers on behalf of the services .

Users have to pay a small fee with the rest of the amount covered by the regional administration.

"It makes no sense to have almost empty buses circling and generating a significant economic cost to ultimately not solve the problem," said Martin.

Therefore, he insisted that these villages need a model designed for "captive" neighbors, who do not have a private vehicle and need to move to the city.

In addition, this service would involve taxi drivers in the municipality, which would also be an incentive for the sector.

"We believe it is worthwhile to launch at least one pilot experience and see how it works," he requested.

If it is positive, Martín is committed to launching this model in other rural areas of the municipality.

For the councilor of the United Left, the obligation of the autonomous community is to meet the mobility needs of citizens in those villages whose neighbors need to travel to hospitals, health centers, administrative or judicial centers at specific times.

"It is about offering a service with which the neighbors can be connected, periodically, comfortably, economically and quickly with their urban centers," he said.

The proposal has been very well received by some taxi drivers in the municipality who have been asked for an opinion, so Martin will meet with the professional associations to advance the idea.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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