The mayor, Carlos Moedas, announced that the Lisbon Chamber on Thursday unanimously agreed to provide free public transportation in the city for young and old residents.
In a statement to reporters, at the end of the executive meeting that approved the proposal, Carlos Moedas (PSD) said he expected the measure to be in effect, for those over 65, from “June or July,” and for students up to 23, in September, The beginning of the next academic year, after the approval of the municipal council and the completion of some “technological steps”.
The mayor considered this a “historic day” for Lisbon, noting that only “two or three” European cities had already put forward such an initiative, in the context of combating climate change. “It’s also a historic day in what I wanted to bring into politics, which is the ability to do politics with everyone,” Carlos Moedas, who has been governing Lisbon City Council (CML) since October, added without a majority.
The Mayor of Lisbon confirmed that the now approved measure resulted from months-long work with all councilors, who were helping to build and improve the proposal.