Residents of East Thessaloniki have been able to travel free of charge thanks to a pilot service operated for citizens (Flex Bus) ΟΣΕΘ and operating under the European MultiDEPART project of the EIT Kick for Mobility initiative.
The transport service is an offer of the Thessaloniki Transport Organization ΟΣΕΘ and operates from Monday 21 March. The project will last one month, ie. until April 21, as announced in ΟΣΕΘ.
According to information from carandmotorthe competent authority was impressed by the reaction of the public and is making significant efforts to extend the free ride service until at least mid-May. A necessary condition is to find funding to cover the costs.
Shipping carried out by Mercedes minibus, which serves from 15 to 20 passengers, with a coverage area of routes relating to the settlements of Neo Risio, Tagarades, Ag. Paraskevi, Suroti and Vasilika, and from the beginning of April and Ag. Antonyua (νέο ρύσιο, ταγαράδες, αγαραρασκεήή. Σουρωτή και βασιλικά, ενώ από τςς αξέςές απριίίίι κξιηρρίίίιι ται η περιοχή του αγ. Αντωνίου). The final stop is next to the IKEA store terminal.
Free travel in Thessaloniki
In the first two weeks after the launch of the service, more than 60 users have registered in the Nemi app and more than 15 adaptive routes have been successfully implemented, serving dozens of users.
Users can, through an application (Android, iOS) available for smartphones or tablets, program (48 hours before the desired movement) the desired route, choosing from a number of stops located in the above areas, the desired one. It is also necessary to indicate the time of the trip.
As an alternative for those who unable to use the application, you can call by phone 2316020774 (DEY-PA, 08:00-16:00) and book a ride.
A prerequisite for using the application is user registration of a functional email address, after which he can enter, if he wishes, his full name or only his initials. The operation of transport passenger transportation is carried out on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 10:00 to 18:00. Passengers are required to comply with the anti-COVID-19 measures (use of a high-protection mask) that still apply to public transport.
“The service is an initiative and proposal of OSETH to promote sustainable mobility methods, provided free of charge within the framework of the European MultiDEPART project. We will continue to support every modern action that facilitates the comfortable and cost-effective movement of populations,” ΟΣΕΘ CEO Yannis Toskas said in an official statement.