Milan’s public transport authority ATM will be applying reduced summer timetables for an extra week this year – up to 7 September rather than up to the end of August as in previous years, returning to normal service only just in time for the new school year on 9 September.
From Monday 5 August even the cut-back timetables applied in July will be cut again as ATM struggles to cover a €3 million gap left by contributions which city hall is no longer able to provide. Throughout August, surface transport will apply the usual Saturday timetables all through the week, and the holiday timetable on Sundays, while the metro system will follow the Saturday timetables from Monday to Friday and the holiday timetables on Saturdays and Sundays.
Italy’s major Ferragosto break on Thursday 15 August will see the holiday times applied all across the network. Many shops and newsstands selling tickets will be closed for holidays, and even some ATM ticket counters in outlying areas will be taking summer breaks, so the authority recommends having change ready for automatic ticket machines, or using the rechargeable RicaricaMI tickets.
The Twitter account @ATM_INFORMA will be suspended from 12 to 18 August, but the free information hotline 800 808 181 will remain open every day from 07.30 to 19.30.
The light rail connection between Cascina Gobba and the San Raffaele hospital will be closed for maintenance work from 4 August to 1 September, and passengers will need to use the bus line 925. Most car parks will remain operative, but those at Crescenzago and S. Leonardo will close from 3 to 25 August, Quarto Oggiaro and Molinetto di Lorenteggio will close from 4 to 25 August, and Cologno Nord, Gessate and Romolo from 10 to 18 August.