Portuguese transit authority to create Sao Tome public transport system

13 August 2007

Porto, Portugal, 13 Aug – The capital of Sao Tome and Tome will get its first public transport network in a cooperation project led by the transit authority in Portugal’s second city, Porto.

The Porto Urban Transport Company (STCP) will “offer assistance to launch the first public transport network in the islands following a request from the Sao Tome government”, Fernanda Menezes, CEO of STCP told Portuguese news agency Lusa on Friday.

The project, supported by the Portuguese government and Porto’s civil government, is in an initial phase and STCP officials are traveling to the archipelago to evaluate how many routes will be needed for the new system, to be confined to Sao Tome city.

Taxis and minibuses are currently the only mode of transport in Sao Tome’s capital, with a population of around 50,000.

STCP will assist “from scratch” in all aspects of creating Sao Tome’s public transport system, including the donation of 14 buses, staff training, building of maintenance depots and garages and the provision of a ticketing system, said Menezes. (macauhub)