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    Posted: 02/February/2023 at 08:25
Two sets of routes were combined to make circular routes, one of which is actually quite reasonable and useful as it officially provides a direct bus service for the first time ever between São Rafael, Galé, Salgados, Vale de Parra and the Algarve Shopping mall near Guia. Many other changes were minor but announcing changes less than 24 hours notice is ridiculous.

Route 7 now runs in a circle Albufeira Bus Station - Algarve Shopping - Guia - Vale de Parra - Salgados - Galé - São Rafael - Marina - Albufeira with route 8 going in the opposite direction. That will make things easier for those in Guia to get to the beach and those in Galé etc to go to Algarve Shopping.

Route 5 and 11 are similarly combined to run as circular routes between Albufeira, Ferreiras and the railway station. Number 11 will take people from the station and Ferreiras down into the old town.

Route 6 around Açoteais is being badly affected by a long term road closure for drainage works. Buses are often 15 - 20 minutes behind time according to the GPS trackers. Vamus has not seen fit to issue a temporary timetable to take account of this.

And there is still not a shred of information at any bus stop or on the buses, not even a clue as to where to look for it. Do they wonder why the buses are running almost empty?
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Announced yesterday afternoon, ALL the Giro bus times have been changed starting from today.

I will be updating as fast as I can.
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They've done it again! Yesterday an announcement appeared on the official website with minor changes to Giro 3 to come into effect - last Friday!
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Three weeks further on and there is still absolutely no information at all at the bus stops about where the buses go and what times they run, or even where to go for the information on line. The old maps have been left in situ. People are still stopping buses to ask if it's the right one for them.

No-one in the town council seems to have any interest in providing information. Scathing comments are all over blogs etc. I found one which said, more or less, that it's all very well taking beautiful photos of electric buses to make the council look good...

If you don't have a suitable mobile device and know where to look, you are clearly unworthy.

At least there have been no further recent changes, but I am sure they will spring something on us.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cubsur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/December/2022 at 08:35
Yesterday two of the drivers were handing out flyers with a map and list of routes, but no timetables. If you don't have a suitable mobile device the times of the buses must remain a mystery to you. That meant a two minute discussion at many stops between driver and passengers wanting to know if the bus was going where they wanted and if not how to get to where they needed to be.
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I think I have the changes sorted but will not load my new versions until I have double checked everything. Should be done early this afternoon. Some changes are for the better, one not so good for me!

These changes were announced on the website yesterday evening, in some cases a week AFTER they had happened.

Routes 2 and 4 will take a curious diversion on weekdays only between the Worms and the Watches, going up the hill to Correeia and the area by Janelas do Mar then back down through Bellavista to the main road. At the weekend they stay on the main road.
Route 3 will now run between Old Town and Marina in both directions
Route 4 will go into the bus station before wandering off up the hill to Vale das Pedras
Route 6 has an earlier first bus every morning to and from Olhos D'Água
Route 7 re-timed five minutes later from Guia towards Algarve Shopping and Albufeira, allowing a decent connection with route 8 from Galé, Salgados and Vale de Parra.
Route 9 extended via Branqueira, Vale Navio, Vale da Azinheira to Patã de Baixo, thus adding those last two places to the network and restoring a decent service at Branqueira. Bad news is that there will now be only one bus an hour along the road through Páteo, meaning I have to figure out a new way to get to the bowls club and must also time my shopping trips a bit more carefully.
Route 10 was announced not run on Sundays, meaning no buses at all down the Rua do MFA into that area of the old town on a Sunday. At least, that's what yesterday's version of the timetable said. As of this morning, the previous timetable has been re-instated, wit h Sunday buses every half hour.

According to the website, the timetable for route 9 is changing again from tomorrow but is nowhere to be seen!

Very hard to keep up!
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Several of the routes and timetables have been changed as of TODAY with absolultely no announcement or warning! I shall do my best to catch up as and when I might get home!
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Caught this from the live tracker on their website at 1648 for the arrivals due at the stop at the Health Centre for buses going to the bus station. The timetable says every route 7 runs every 60 minutes.

7 Pedra Escorregar-Terminal Rodoviário 1 min
Vehicle: 88-NO-69
7 Pedra Escorregar-Terminal Rodoviário 15 min
Vehicle: 89-PT-60
7 Pedra Escorregar-Terminal Rodoviário 16 min
Vehicle: 88-NO-70

If you don't have a pass a journey for two people in town is almost as expensive as uber, probably slower and not much more so than a normal taxi. So those unfortunates without phones (and people like me who refuse to give money to faceless USA based megacorporations who pay their workers next to nothing) are paying through the nose to get around by bus. I predict the system will collapse and be overhauled within a month.

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I expect changes will take place around December next year, because nobody will be held to account for the chaos, and the powers that be will insist everything is alright, despite the evidence of their own eyes (a bit like Brexit). 

The principal behind it is sound, but the execution up to Albufeira's usual standards. Get people out of cars and onto buses. Except making it almost as dear for two people to catch a bus to Seismarias as the cost of getting an UBER from door to door isn't the way to do it. The usual complete lack of information is no help either.

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Seems even the drivers don't know. I forgot to mention yesterday that the driver in the afternoon had a map in his hands to remind him where to go. This afternoon's driver did not and took a wrong turn at the Watches roundabout then completely forgot to go into the old town Avenida Liberdade before the Dolphins.
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Complete chaos on the system yesterday. In the early morning, my bus was 'only' 8 minutes late when I got on, 11 minutes late when I got off across town. Later in the morning the buses were running 20 - 25 minutes behind schedule and not just on my route. One bus sailed by the stop where I waiting with 3 others, despite two of us signalling. Still no information at bus stops, so people still have to flag down the driver to ask where he or she is going.

 It's clearly not working and I expect changes in the not too distant future.
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I don't know. I have a seniors pass so no personal experience. The information on the website does not state it explicitly one way or the other.

The new two zone fare system does mean that you cannot use a 1 zone cash paid ticket to go say from Oura to Ferreiras, so that might be complicating things.

If I want to go to Ferreiras or Guia on my pass, I have to pay an extra €1,50 for a two zone pass.
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Cubsur, can you still hop off one bus onto another one within the hour on the same ticket?
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Another small forward step is that some of the buses have been 'reprogrammed' so that they now show route number and destination. There is still no information whatsoever at the bus stops.
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As I suspected the new timetables are proving impossible for the drivers to keep. Yesterday afternoon my bus back from Continente to Páteo was 17 minutes late, this morning my bus from Páteo to the nearest place I can now to get for the bowls club was 14 minutes late. Not helped by every bus being flagged down at every stop where people are waiting to ask the driver if he or she is going where they want to go and then a minute's debate ensues about which one they should take.

There is NO INFORMATION at all at the bus stops. If you are so unlucky as to not to have access to the website or app, you are clearly not worthy of being transported. Completely unacceptable.
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