Milan gets new night bus line

Milan suburbs to see increased services.

A new all-night circular bus line, a boost to transport services in many outlying suburbs of Milan, and a shortening of the period of reduced summer timetables for both metro and surface lines will make urban transport more user-friendly, starting Wednesday 2 May.

City transport authority ATM has announced the launch of a new night-time circular line, the N25/26, which will run along the “cerchia dei bastioni”, the ring-road surrounding the centre following the old city walls, and which marks the perimeter of the restricted traffic zone “Area C”.

The new line will offer several connection points with metro and train stations, and will also run through many of Milan’s favourite night-life areas.  It will run seven nights a week, adding to the night-time convenience of the existing N90/91 circular route and the bus services which replace the metro lines during the night.

The improvements are designed to increase the quality of the city’s polluted atmosphere by encouraging more users to rely on public transport rather than taking their car. City hall also hopes they will have a favourable effect on businesses, especially those heavily dependent on the evening and night turnover.

The improvements don’t finish here: several bus lines in the outlying suburbs will see new stops introduced and more buses on the road during the morning and evening rush hours, starting on 14 May. And above all, the reduced summer timetables, when many milanesi are on vacation in the mountains or at the beach, will start later than usual.  The metro summer hours will start on 21 July instead of 2 July, and the surface lines will scale down services from 7 July instead of from 30 June.