Milan cuts bus, metro prices for seniors

New rules more generous.

Milan’s civic transport authority ATM has announced more generous rates for senior citizens, starting from 1 November.

Available to men over 65 and women over 60 resident in Milan, a monthly subscription will cost €16 and an annual subscription €170. This is a considerable reduction from the ordinary Senior rates of €30 and €300 respectively, valid all day long.

This new tariff called “Senior Off Peak” will be valid for all central-zone bus, tram, metro and Trenord rides starting after 09.30, once the morning rush-hour is over, and until the end of service

Rules have also been relaxed for the Senior subscriptions for those suffering economic hardship. These tariffs apply to Milan residents over 65, women over 60, with an ISEE rating (an official certificate of the economic situation of a household) to prove their hardship.

In this case, the lower rate, which up to now applied to subscribers with an ISEE rating, (approximately the equivalent of a household's annual disposable income) between €16,000 and €20,000, will be extended to apply up to €28,000. These subscriptions cost €22 monthly or €200 annually.

Finally, for those in extreme hardship with an ISEE certificate of under €16,000, no changes will be made to the rules: subscriptions will still be free, but will not cover Trenord or Passante ferroviaria routes, and will still require an electronic pass.

All reduced-rate subscribers must use a rechargeable electronic travel card which costs €10, but is valid for four years. And those who already hold a valid travel card can still use it for recharging with the new tariffs.

To qualify for these rates, subscribers must produce an official ID showing their age and proof of residence in the city. For the hardship or extreme hardship rates, they must also produce an ISEE certificate. These are issued by any CAAF – authorised fiscal advice centres, usually operated by a recognised trade union.