The City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, through the bus company Titsa, has launched a new transport card called Tenmas for elderly people with non-contributory incomes and people with disabilities. This new system of contactless payment launched by the local council will replace the previously used cardboard magnetic cards.
Around 400,000 euros has been invested to subsidise the bus journeys of these targeted groups across the city, so that around 2000 people will benefit from this initiative.
Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez said that this programme will be extended in April to cover elderly people with incomes of up to 650 euros, which is a level increased from the current limit of 428 euros. In addition, the spouse of the pensioner can also benefit from this initiative, even when the they do not receive remuneration.
The Mayor explained that this type of measure contributes to promoting the use of public transport in the city and benefit all those with lower levels of income, and said “this is a double reason for satisfaction.”
The President of Tenerife Government, Carlos Alonso, explained that the use of this card allows users to save 70% of the ordinary cost of the ticket, and provides similar help for the elderly and disabled, as that provided for younger bus users. Therefore, the use of this new card means that the average cost of bus travel would be around 22 centimos or 0.22 euros with the 70% discount.
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