Câmara de Matosinhos is negotiating with a large company to take over the service that Resende has given since January. The current or part of the current operator's market is on the table.
Negotiations are channeled by the President of the Empire, Louise Salgueiro, who will shortly submit his proposal to the Metropolitan District of Porto (AMP).
According to JN, the source of the procedure, the total or partial purchase of Resende, which would guarantee the increase of capital, the acquisition of new vehicles and the renewal of the license from 1 January, is on the table. Similarly, the situation of the workers of the current operator at Matosinhos will be taken into consideration.
However, according to the same source, this service, which also covers other AMP municipalities, will always be held under the trade name Resende, keeping the company up to the global competition that AMP will launch for public transport in the region, at the end of the year 2019.
The hosts refuse immediate adaptation
One possible alternative was to buy only the collective transport service to Resende, with the concession, which is the current operator with the network of tourist buses.
Regarding the cohabitation scenario of the two companies through direct adaptation, the AMP hosts have already warned they will not accept, noting that this is an illegal solution.
However, the solution, which will soon be discussed in the AMP technical unit and later submitted to the Metropolitan Council later this month, will always be transient due to the global competition after 2019.
The concession agreement with Resende expires on December 31 of this year. And in order to prevent the renewal of the marketing authorization on 1 January 2019 for another year, due to the company's incidents, the mayor of Matosinhos asked the CMP to "find an alternative, which may be a temporary solution, until the total competition is awarded ".
The most serious accident involving the Resende was in 2016. The bus ran into one stop, one person died and four injured.
STCP delayed solution
For several months, he defended a solution that would now move away from Resende and assign the management of the network to the STCP. At present, the public administration company of the municipal administration will not participate directly.
Five counties served by Resende at AMP
Resende resides in Matosinhos and provides public passenger transport services to four other municipalities in the Porto Metropolitan area: Porto, Valongo, Gondomar and Maia.
Concession renewable for another year
Resende's service license, which expires in December, may be renewed by the end of next year. The global AMP competition for the network in the region follows.