Public transport consortium proposed
A MARINA Baixa public transport consortium has been proposed by Benidorm town hall.
The first steps towards a Marina Baixa public transport network were placed on the table of the area's security commission this week.
The future consortium would include nine towns in the area, namely Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi, Altea, Villajoyosa, Finestrat, La Nucía, Polop, Callosa d'Ensarríà and Relleu, to ensure bus routes between them, and especially for the district hospital in Villajoyosa.
The public transport service in these areas is currently covered by two companies - Llorente Bus and Alsa - thanks to licences awarded by the Valencia regional government that have been extended for several years.
However, new legislation allows towns with more than 50,000 residents to issue their own licence - which is the case of Benidorm. But before starting the process, the local authorities have decided to bring neighbouring towns on board to increase its application.
If all towns accept, and with the support of Benidorm, it would allow local councils to outline the most needed routes and schedules, as well as tariffs. The plan would essentially create a new metropolitan public transport network similar to that already including Alicante and its surrounding towns (San Juan, San Vicente, etc).
The proposal would mostly benefit smaller towns and scattered urbanisations between muncipalities. However, it would not be completely independent from Valencia as it would require a concensus from the regional government.