Extra checks on Milan’s metro

Measures to fight Milan fare-dodgers.

Milan’s metro underground train network is to increase the number of stations in which a ticket will be needed to leave the destination station.

Building on the success of the previous measure, which involved almost 100 stations, four busy, central stations will now have exit turnstiles operated by inserting the ticket.  The system is being extended from 1 August to Cadorna (M1, M2), Lotto and San Babila (M1) and Garibaldi (M2).  Another 14 stations are for the moment not involved. The exceptions those few stations where the stairs are too close to the turnstiles, risking a bottleneck in the passenger flow.

The exit turnstiles will recognise a ticket which is invalid, either for overrunning its validity time or for not covering the full length of the journey. The passenger will be blocked, and will need to pay the difference to be able to leave the station.

The exit checks were introduced in February 2016 to combat fare-dodgers, which metro operating company ATM estimated was costing the city €15,000 every day. Since then, says ATM, the number of fare-dodgers has been considerably reduced.