EU invests 60 mn in 'green' public transport in Portugal

Better connections in Coimbra

19 January, 12:45

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, 19 GEN - The European Commission has given the green light to a 60-million-euro investment from the Cohesion Fund to convert an old railway line into a connection with electric buses between Coimbra and Lousa, Miranda do Corvo, and Serpins in Portugal.

    The new line will also facilitate the movement of individuals that must go to hospitals, the university and suburban areas from the center.

    UN Cohesion Minister Elisa Ferreira said that this project will reduce travel times and pollution while improving comfort of passenger and air quality.

    As estimated 13 million passengers are expected to use this new transport system every year, thereby helping to reduce traffic, noise, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new buses will also be part of a multimodal public transport system with a single price.

    This year has been named European Railways Year, expected to lead to regional and local improvements in the transportation sector. (ANSAmed).

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