The timetables of the TIB interurban bus lines will change on Monday, 25 May as there has been an increase in the number of passengers since lockdown easing began. This is a rise of 21% compared with the service previously on offer. This means we are entering phase 2 with 61.2% of the service provided before the state of alarm was declared.
The new timetables involve an increase in frequencies on 19 interurban bus lines, mainly on working days. The lines with changed timetables are: Port d’ Andratx–Palma (L102), Peguera–Magaluf–Palma (L104), Galilea–Palma (L140), Estellencs–Palma (L200), Port de Sóller–Valldemossa-Palma (L210) Port de Sóller–Palma (L211), Pórtol–Estació de Marratxí (L301), Hospital Joan March–Palma (L302), Inca–Sencelles–Palma (L310), Port de Pollença–Palma (L340), Platja de Muro–Alcúdia–Palma (L351), Cala Rajada–Palma (L411), Costa dels Pins–Palma (L412), Montuïri–Manacor (L421), Cales de Mallorca–Manacor (L424), Son Severa–Manacor (L432), Cala d’Or–Cala Rajada (L441), Campos–Palma (L500), Cala d’ Or–Palma (L501). The Portocolom–Palma line (L490) already changed its timetable on Monday, 18 May.
Current bus demand represents 10% of the number of users compared with last year’s records in normal circumstances. The number of users of the SFM rail service represents 27% compared with 2019 levels. SFM is operating its service at 80% and this will change as demand rises. From Monday, 25 May, the express train services between Inca and Palma will call at all stops in both directions between Inca and Marratxí stations.
Preventive measures on public transport
Preventive measures have been established on public transport to ensure safe and healthy travel for users.
With this aim in mind, vehicles and public spaces in the transport network are now cleaned more frequently. All trains are cleaned at the end of every journey at the intermodal station. Buses are also cleaned and disinfected more often with the use of specific products that are effective against the effects of the pandemic. Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers have also been installed in several places in the intermodal station, and train and bus interiors are now being adapted so users can clean their hands.
So that users can maintain a safe distance from each other, recommended routes have been marked at the main station of Palma, and the seats that users can occupy have been marked in vehicles. Since the start of the state of alarm, the maximum bus and train capacity has been reduced to ensure a minimum safety distance between users. At most 50% of the seats can now be occupied. This figure can only be exceeded if two people living in the same household travel together since, in accordance with current regulations, they are allowed to sit in adjoining seats.
Other preventive measures are the obligatory use of a mask on trains, metros, buses and in stations for all users from the age of six. The use of a mask by children aged three to five is recommended. Users are asked to avoid paying in cash and to use the T20 and T40 intermodal saver tickets instead.