Rome commuters face increase in fares

Proposals would see 10 per cent price hike for yearly and monthly bus pass

Commuters using Rome's public transport provider ATAC could see the cost of yearly and monthly bus passes increased by around 10 per cent, according to proposals currently being considered by the city administration.

The measures would mean that from next January the cost of an annual metrebus card would increase from its current €250 to €280 while a monthly card would go from €35 to €38.

The latest proposed price hikes comes as the troubled transport company announced further streamlining and cuts to its services.

In May 2012 the former 75-minute bus and metro ticket which cost €1 was replaced by the current 100-minute ticket costing €1.50.

In August this year ATAC launched a new rechargeable electronic pass for monthly subscriptions, replacing the original paper version.

Over the last several years the company has been plagued by allegations of corruption, nepotism and absenteeism. More recently a number of its drivers have been attacked by commuters, mainly in the suburbs of Rome.