A total of 11,230,777 users chose interurban public transport between January and August of this year.
This figure represents growth of 5.16% compared with users in the same months in 2018, with an increase of 550,779 passengers.
Over seven million users have chosen the TIB bus, 3.3 million have travelled by train and more than 700,000 by metro. The number of rail service users has risen by 11.56%, with 419,703 more passengers. TIB buses, managed by the Mallorca Transport Consortium, have carried 7,180,261 passengers, 1.8% more than in 2018.
The first eight months of 2019 have consolidated the upward trend of the last four years. In 2015, the number of users was 12.8 million; in 2016, it was 13.8 million; in 2017, 15 million and in 2018, 15.9 million. The forecast is to end 2019—based on the projection that this 5.9% increase will be maintained—with approximately 16.8 million users, and that the final count for 2019 will be 880,429 more users than in 2018, and four million more than in 2015, when there were 12.8 million. Therefore, four million users have been added in four years.
The new services launched, such as shuttle buses to natural areas, the Aerotib airport bus, night train, electrification of the entire rail network or the first phase of fare integration and children’s or youth cards have contributed to the increase in users.
Summer services: shuttle buses, with 69.3% more users
A total of 160,086 passengers used the shuttle bus service, 69.3% more than last year. Out of these passengers, 136,341 used the Formentor line up to 31 August.
Another noteworthy rise was on the Es Trenc shuttle with an increase of 112%. The number of passengers went up from 10,422 in 2018 to 22,095 this year.
However, this year the bus ran from the new Sa Barralina car park and Ses Covetes and the service was extended throughout the month of September.
In contrast, the shuttle with the least demand was the Cala s’Almunia–Cala Llombards bus, which had transported 1,650 users by the end of September.
Formentor’s shuttle ended the season on a very positive note on 15 September. From 15 June to last Sunday, 165,361 passengers had used it, and 144,921 of them correspond to the section closed to traffic. This represents an increase of 105% over last year, when demand was 80,605 users.
During the summer season, Aerotib buses bolster the service with more frequencies to respond to increased demand. From 1 May to 31 August this year, 161,390 users chose one of the four Aerotib lines, which is 8,656 more passengers than in the 2018 season (a 5.7% increase). The A11, which links Son Sant Joan with the coastal area of Calvià, was again the most in demand for another year running with 83,621 passengers. Line A32, which runs to Alcúdia Bay, was in second place with 46,025 users. The A42, which links the airport with Cala Bona-Cala Millor and Sa Coma, was used by 18,428 passengers; and the line with the lowest demand was the A51 in Cala d'Or, with 13,316 users.
The night train service has accounted for 15,200 users since its launch on Friday, 5 July. These figures represent a 38% increase in the number of users compared with data recorded in 2018.
The service has provided twelve trains every night on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August and it has operated on the entire Mallorcan rail network with stops at all existing stations, including those forming the Marratxí–Palma corridor, which is usually covered by the M2 metro line.
Children’s and youth cards encourage them to use public transport
Since the launch of the children’s card, 4,154 under 12s have the card that enables them to travel free of charge throughout the interurban public transport network. From 22 January to 31 August, 51,692 journeys had already been made with this new transport ticket.
The children’s card gives users 100 free trips and they can top up the card once these trips have all been used. The card must be validated on the bus or at the train barriers before travelling, in the same way as all intermodal cards are, and children under 12 must always be accompanied by an adult.
Last January the age for the youth card was also increased from 25 to 30. Currently, 8,336 young people aged between 26 and 30 can travel with a reduced-price ticket. Out of these users, 4,578 were young people who had already been travelling with the intermodal card before the change and when the new measure came into force, they were able to switch it for the youth card and travel with more discounts.