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    Posted: 24/September/2022 at 19:00
Five electric buses have entered service on the Albufeira Giro bus network. This is on a test basis ahead of a total of 23 electric buses due to be in service by June 2023 to replace and augment the existing diesel fleet.

On 1st December the number of routes on the system will increase from five to 11. Details of actual routes and of course timetables are not yet known, but new areas to be covered will include Olhos de Água, Rocha Baixinha, Malhada Velha, Fontainhas, Cerros Altos, Mosqueira, Patroves, Galé/Salgados, Vale Parra, Guia e Algarve Shopping.

Which on face of it will please residents of Olhos de Água in particular, who have long since been moaning about their poor bus service and even more so over the last couple of years since most weekend buses operated by EVA and VAMUS were discontinued.

And to be able to get a bus to Algarve Shopping should please a lot of people!

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I should have course have said that it is quite likely the fares will go up, after no increase for several years though. Free travel for schoolchildren will be maintained.

Another report says that, in time, it will be possible to recharge passes on line and that there will be a real time app to show where the bus is, which is already the case with VAMUS or most of them anyway. Those who are technologically limited will have to stand and wait, in hope, as has been the case for 150 years.

The new operator for the Giro service will be Grupo Barraqueiro, who operate among other things the Fertagus local trains in Lisbon, the Metro sul do Tejo tram system south of the river, the local buses around Évora, many buses around Lisbon and who are major players in the Rede Expressos national coach system.

[As an aside, I think everyone over age 10 should be given a smartphone by the government. That way they cannot be said to be discriminating when it comes to providing services.]
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A thought occurs (yes, dangerous I know) that with 11 Giro routes, will there be room for them all to congregate at the main bus station as the five existing routes do? Or will some have to begin and end their journeys elsewhere in town?

Maybe we shall find out before the time comes.
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There is still no information available about the changes to the buses due to come into effect on 1st December. This will be no surprise to those who live here!

A new official website www.vamusalgarve.pt/giro is under construction. At the moment it has partial information about the five existing routes including route maps marking all the stops.  Using the map and the 'origin / destination' function under Lines (American English, yuk!) you can see the times of the buses between any two stops. You do of course need to be able to read a map to you can find out where you are and where you want to go to. The 'plan your journey' function is not yet working.
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We are now a week away from the big upheaval to local buses and there is still no information available about the new routes and times.
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Still no details about new routes and times. Good PR is clearly still not relevant. What I have found out is that fares will not be going up and that I think there will be no changes to the existing five routes, except they will have numbers as well as names. Also the website and app now enables you to see how far away the next bus is from the stop you are waiting at.

VAMUS have advised those with passes for the number 8 route to Rocha Baixinha and the 75 through Galé and Salgados that they must obtain new ones at the bus station.
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on the camara website about the contract signing on Nov 22 .... all details and new giro map
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Seen that but now the VAMUS website has the times and maps for the new system. it didn't until yesterday!

I am working hard to update my pages. Fares are going up - a lot! Good news is that my seniors pass won't be going up. Some routes will have fewer buses at the weekend.

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Maps and simple timetables are indeed available at the website. I have spent a joyful morning browsing. Some routes have a bus every 20 minutes at busy weekday times, some now have only one bus an hour all day Saturday. Branqueira has lost almost all its buses. Good news for those arriving by train is that the existing route from the station now goes into the old town around by the town hall before going to the bus station. Bad news is that it will run only once an hour at weekends and it goes on a little circuit of the west side of Ferreiras before heading into town, so takes nearly twice as long. But there will be a second quicker route between the station and the bus station running every half hour seven days a week, going the other way through Torre Mosqueira and Brejos.

Another useful new route is number 10 which runs every half hour every day on a pretty direct route between the bus station, the Cãmara, then old town at Rua Alves Correeia and the Pau da Bandeira view point. If they don't change their minds, there will be late night service in the summer.

The current appalling 'service'  through Galé, Salgados and Vale de Parra to Guia will be transformed and have a bus once every hour on weekdays, once every 2 hours at the weekend and on holidays. In theory there will be connections at Guia with the number 7 below.

Another handy new route for many will be number 7 from the bus station to Guia via Algarve Shopping. That will run once an hour every day, but for some obscure reason will not run before 1000am in summer. if they don't change their minds.

The marina area will be served by two routes, numbers 3 and 8, therefore three buses an hour for most of the day. Since hardly anyone ever gets on or off there, it will be interesting to see if this largesse brings more passengers. There have never been any GIRO timetables at the bus stops. I wonder if the council has spent some money so that people who cannot or will not access information on line will know what the times are.

There has been nothing obvious to be seen on the buses or at the bus station to alert people of these changes. I remember the previous time when old ladies were shaking their walking sticks at the drivers when the bus didn't go where they thought it would.

Many of the timetables show routes making little diversions at certain times of the day, so it no longer possible for some to be at a regular so many minutes past the hour. I have been furiously scribbling down various new journeys as there will no longer be a direct bus to take me to and from the bowls club.
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