Changes to Rome bus routes

Overhaul part of reorganisation plan by Rome's bus company

ATAC continues to reorganise its service, changing another batch of bus routes on 9 June. The changes affect 13 routes mainly in the Tiburtina, Prenestina and central districts, and follow last month's reordering of 24 bus lines elsewhere in the city.

The company says the reorganisation is designed to avoid duplicate bus schedules, to reassign the buses to routes where they are needed more and to coordinate them better with the city's train and metro network.

The move comes under the Salva Roma plan, part of which aims to reduce the capital's input of public funds into the cash-strapped transport company which has a budget deficit of €1.6 billion.

ATAC has faced numerous scandals in recent years, from widespread nepotism to ticket fraud, and its 12,000 employees frequently stage strikes in search of better work terms.

Earlier this year Rome mayor Iganzio Marino revealed that an average of 1,400 of the company's employees call in sick every day.

To see the bus changes see the Muoversi a Roma website.

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