The Island Council of Tenerife is actively developing a series of new measures aimed at alleviating traffic congestion on the island’s major roads. These measures, focused on enhancing public transport, are set to be rolled out during the first half of 2024.
Eulalia García, the Councillor for Mobility, emphasized the need for action in two main areas: addressing short-term junctions that require lengthy administrative procedures and implementing complementary measures. She stressed that the objective is not to prohibit private vehicle usage but rather to promote its rational use and carpooling. Strengthening the public transport system is seen as essential to achieving this goal.
One significant initiative scheduled for the first half of 2024 is the introduction of on-demand transport services in areas with limited and irregular bus services. Los Realejos and Candelaria are among the first areas to benefit from this service, and other municipalities are expressing interest in participating.
Additionally, the Island Council plans to expand shuttle bus services to the University of La Laguna, with a focus on extending coverage to the southern part of Tenerife. However, the implementation is contingent on securing the necessary vehicles and drivers.
Another aspect of the plan involves adjusting educational timetables to stagger the start and end times of classes, following the model already in place at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Department of Education is also considering reorganizing school transport to ease the burden on parents, especially those with children in state schools where transportation costs are not covered.
Furthermore, the Island Council is committed to improving the state of the island’s healthcare infrastructure. Progress has been made at the Hospital del Sur, but challenges persist at the Hospital del Norte. These deficiencies force many residents to commute early in the morning to the Hospital Universitario de Canarias for various medical services. Efforts are underway to reinforce the services provided by these hospitals to better serve the community’s healthcare needs.