Improving public transport services in Rome

2 September 2015  •  Author(s): Giuseppe Noia, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Atac S.p.A

Giuseppe Noia, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of Rome’s public transport company Atac S.p.A, outlines what is currently being done to improve public transport services in the city – improvements that are necessary to secure the overall future operation of the company.

Rome: Improving services by investing in vehicles, infrastructure and technology

Atac is the public transport company of Rome – the Italian Capital. It works with a public road system which is very different from that of most other European capitals; its peculiar characteristic is the predominance of the surface network, served especially with buses, in comparison to the connections provided through underground lines.

The reasons for this structural layout are to be found in the historical characteristics of the city (subsoil rich in archaeological remains) and in past choices concerning public transport investment policies.

In recent years, the company has been making efforts towards establishing a more effective management process of economic resources, which are transferred from the Central Government to the Lazio Region and the Municipality of Rome to be assigned to local public transport operated by Atac.

The rationalisation of economic resources allocated to local public transport is pushing the company to pay special attention to production processes which are able to generate larger savings and produce less waste.

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