Rome’s commuters face national public transport strike

Commuters in Rome will be affected by a 24-hour national public transport strike scheduled for Tuesday 2 October.

The action has been called by trade unions representing public transport workers seeking the renewal of the national collective agreement (CCNL) which defends employment levels and working hours but also protects salaries from inflation.

In Rome the strike will involve all of the city's public transport, including the bus company ATAC, Roma Tpl suburban services and Cotral coach routes, as well as trams, A and B metro lines, the Rome-Giardinetti and Rome-Civitacastellana-Viterbo light rail links.

The strike follows the usual timetable: from 08.30 to 17.00 and from 20.00 until end of service, with commuters guaranteed public transport during peak travel times in the morning and evening. Some of the capital’s night bus services will be at risk on the night of 1 October.

Meanwhile ATAC is currently under investigation in relation to allegedly accepting a half-million euro bribe in exchange for buying 40 city buses worth €20 million in 2009. Last year there were changes in ATAC management after the company became embroiled in the Parentopoli scandal in 2010, involving the widespread practice of nepotism.

For further public transport details see Rome’s agency for mobility www.agenziamobilita.roma.it.

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