Milan boosts public transport

Good news for commuters, night-owls and early workers.

The new year has brought a series of improvements to Milan’s public transport network, announced by transport authority ATM.

Starting Monday 9 January, the all-night bus service has been boosted, with six lines now running every night of the week at 30-minute intervals: two lines cover the route of metro line M1, another two cover the route of metro lines M2 and M3, while N90 and N91 cover the daytime trolley-bus routes between the M3 station at Lodi and the M1 station at Lotto.

On weekends, another 10 lines will run for revellers through the night from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday, also every half-hour.

Tickets stamped after midnight and up to 04.30 will now be valid through until 06.00 for any of these night buses, but will cover only one metro ride.

Details of the improved night service are available on the ATM website.

Another welcome move is the new opening times of the metro service.The four underground lines will now start operations around half an hour earlier than previously, and the car parks at terminus stations will also open earlier, at 05.30 from Monday to Saturday. Details of the new start times are also published by ATM.

And a successful year’s balance – helped by the introduction of turnstiles requiring metro passengers to show tickets also on leaving the destination station, a move designed to inhibit fare-dodging – has given ATM the funds to invest over €600 million over the next three years. The biggest part of the new investment will be spent on 15 new metro trains and 270 new buses.