Automatic ticket machines are to be installed on a third of Romes buses over the next three months, enabling passengers to buy tickets on board. Some 1,000 new machines will be introduced on all electric buses and tram lines, on 450 normal buses and on all vehicles on the ex-Sita network serving the citys periphery. The initiative follows successful trials on the number 90 bus route, and Romes mayor, Walter Veltroni, hopes it will decrease fare-dodging in the capital. The machines accept coins only, and tickts must still be stamped after purchase to be valid for travel. In addition, city authorities announced new bus connections for zones currently not served by the network, such as Via di Grottarossa, Via Tiberina, Via Galla Placidia, Pietra Papa and La Casaccia. Seven new lines will be introduced and 24 others extended over the next two months at a cost of 5 million. For more information tel. 800431784.
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