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Palma De Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is a city of 383,000 inhabitants. It is the major city and port on the island of Majorca and the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The city lies on the Bay of Palma in the western Mediterranean and is famous for its Gothic cathedral, known to the locals as “La Seu”.

At present, the city has no specific data on modal split.. However, the island has a high motorization rate with 900 vehicles per 1.000 inhabitants. The mobility culture is still very much based on the private car whose modal share is 58 percent of the trips on the island. Aware of the problem this poses for accessibility, attractiveness, environment and health, the different levels of government, have designed a favourable legislative and political framework for the promotion of sustainable mobility. Today Palma has a surprisingly efficient public transport system operated by the Municipal Transport Company (EMT). It offers a comprehensive service to visitors and locals through a fleet that consists of 201 buses, of which 150 are EURO 2, 11 are EURO4 and 40 are EURO5. One hundred new CNG buses will replace the existing EURO2 buses. The fleet is managed with the help of a new centralised control system that allows dispatchers to know the location of each vehicle in real-time and to take necessary measures to keep vehicles on schedule under different circumstances in an efficient and safe way.The company also aims to make neighbourhoods safer by reducing the numbers of accidents, traffic congestion, energy consumption and pollution, while at the same time promoting better mobility for everyone. This includes for instance operating special services to transport physically and mentally challenged people from their homes to special education centres. Information on the challenges faced in advancing these measures is not presently available, however, the company has developed a number of partnerships in the course of their implementation. For instance, it closely collaborates with local groups and institutions to offer group transport for cultural and entertainment events such as the Aiguafoc fireworks, April Fair, Angel Sunday, All Saints Day observances and home football matches of Real Mallorca.Official city website: Summary finalised: July 2010

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