The Environmental Impact Study (MER) for the extension of the Lisbon metro between Rato and Cais do Sodré was the target of 164 participations in the "Participates" portal, in the framework of the public consultation, until Wednesday morning until 8 pm. On this site, which makes it possible to participate in the public consultations launched in Portugal, the documents relating to the processes to be analyzed are available for consultation.
The public consultation started on 11 July and ends today. According to the EIA, the introduction of a circular line in the Lisbon metro connecting the Rato with Cais do Sodré should lead to "a significant reduction in the use of individual transport": an estimate of the number of people stopping using of a vehicle own operation is 1,232,276 in the first year of operation and 38,545,108 passengers in the period of 30 years.
The capturing of passengers for individual transport will take place both among users with reduced mobility and the city of Lisbon and in connections in suburbs, "by improving accessibility to the important interface of Cais do Sodré", which will facilitate passenger access from the south bank. will facilitate, reducing the number of transhipments.
The study also concluded that the option for a circular line in the first year of operation will be able to win 8,932,833 new passengers in the Metro network compared to the current network. In 30 years of use, the estimate of more than 317,884,167 passengers indicates the maintenance of the current network. It is stated that the average waiting time will be "lower in all cases, except the red line in the morning period".
In the green line with the new round format, the travel times between existing stations will "slightly decrease, because the train will run at a top speed of 60 kilometers / hour, instead of the current speed of 45 kilometers per hour he adds.
The government announced in May last year that the Metropolitano de Lisboa will have two other stations until 2022 – Estrela and Santos – with stations in the Amoreiras and Campo de Ourique also planned, although in these two cases without an expected completion date.
In addition to the circular line, it was also announced that the yellow line would be reduced and that there would be a route between Odivelas and Telheiras (via Campo Grande). This change remains in the online documentation. According to the municipality of Odivelas, the Environment Minister, João Matos Fernandes, in June, after several protests, told the mayor of the municipality that the yellow line would eventually be shared with the circular, without suffering any reduction.
The expansion project has criticized on various fronts, including parties, mayors and users. On Tuesday, the Workers' Committee of Metropolitano de Lisboa stated that the circular line linking the Rato and Cais do Sodré is a "bad solution" for mobility in the city and requires the management of the project.