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Mobility Measure

Further integrate ferries into the Public Transport network

A new bus transport route shall be piloted.  The route shall connect the Ferry Landing Site (which connects Sliema and Valletta through a sea link) to the main bus terminus at the entrance of the city and the Park and Ride located in Floriana (on the approach road to Valletta). 

Implementing sustainable mobility

Currently, ferry transport accounts to just 1% of the national modal split. However, a great potential exist where commuting to Valletta can be shifted from the road to the sea. By connecting the ferry landing sites more conveniently with public transport, the ferry network will become integrated within the holistic public transport system, thus becoming more accessible and user-friendly for tourists and residents alike.

This measure will also install ITS applications which will make the service even more accessible.  Variable message signs will be installed in order to inform passengers in real time of the arrival and departure times of both the ferries and the buses.  Once in operation, this will be the first example of intermodal real time information system in Malta.

Objectives

The following are the objectives which the ferries integrated in the Public Transport system aims to achieve:

1. Encourage sustainable transport behaviour among tourists;

2. Encourage a modal shift from private to public transport;

3. Improve the accessibility and attractiveness of public transport;

4. Improve and encourage intermodality;

5. Reduce congestion by shifting mobility from land to sea transport;

 

How will this be achieved?

The measure was designed to have a bus retrofitted to LPG connecting the ferry landing site in Valletta to central Valletta. This will spare the passengers from the steep hill to reach central Valletta, a feature which discourages many people from using the ferry.

This connection will make the ferry service more attractive and the installation of a VMS indicating the arrival time of the ferry and the departure time of the scheduled bus will enhance the intermodality aspect.

How did the measure progress?

Since the inception of the project, the ferry patronage has increased dramatically and the Malta Public Transport has started offering the circular route integrating the Marsamxett ferry landing site as one of its stops.

There is therefore no additional benefit in offering the same route and Transport Malta will act as a monitor of this service and perform data collection which is invaluable in ameliorating the already existing service.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

By shifting commuters from roads to the sea, congestion should decrease and so will the associated pollution. Should this integrated network be successful, more users will be attracted to the notion of intermodality and hence this will be a good promotion to this practice.