It has been announced that the company Autocares Ricardo, SL has been awarded the concession for the management of the urban public transport service in Estepona. The signing of the contract and the launch of the new service will occur once the Advisory Council of Andalucia resolve the concession which exists with the CTSA Portillo company, who ceased to provide their services in January 2011.
The new company has proposed an extension of the coverage of urban transport, with the implementation of an east and a west line, originating at the centre of Estepona. The service will provide travel within the town, with twenty stops, operating continuously from 8 am till 8 pm, Monday to Sunday, with a maximum frequency of 30 minute intervals. It also includes the connection between the town centre and the Las Joyas urbanization.
A requirement of the concession was that there be reduced rates, with the aim of favouring registered voters older than 65 or younger than 25 years and bus passes for everyone. Pensioners and young people will benefit from a reduction of over 50% in the price of tickets.
Buses will also be suitable for people with reduced mobility and will have standing space as well as seats. The concession period is ten years, determined by the legislation regulating public transport.