Milan's all night bus service now permanent.
Milan’s 15 night bus routes, introduced in 2011 for weekend revellers, enjoyed such success during the all-week experimental service during Expo Milan 2015 that city transport authority ATM has decided to make the service permanent.
Statistics show that the number of passengers per run has more than doubled since 2013, from a mean of 25 to 55 in the most recent count. The peak was recorded on the weekend of the MTV music awards in October with its free concert in Piazza Duomo, when the buses transported 18,700 passengers in a single night.
These figures persuaded city hall that the 24/7 service should be continued, as one of the legacies of Expo for milanesi, said councillor Pierfrancesco Maran, announcing the decision.
Tickets costing €1.50 and stamped for first use after midnight will now be valid until 06.00, while those stamped after 04.30 will have the usual 90-minute validity.
Meanwhile, the city’s bike-sharing service BikeMi has also enjoyed an upgrade, with the end of service now extended from midnight to 01.00.