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Thinking twice before taking the bus in Rome ...

by mushroom »

The BBC today morning has a rather grim story concerning the half-dozen public transport buses in Rome that have exploded into flames since the beginning of the year -- none due to terrorirsm or vandalism or mischief-making, but simply because so many of Rome's hardworking urban buses are at least 15 years old and in sore need of repair or replacement.  So far, no passengers or passersby have been killed or seriously hurt, but Rome's bus drivers are pointing out that this is simply luck, and the the increasing dangers -- especially during the hot months of summer -- are real.  Public clamor from Rome's residents is growing, demanding an upgrade for the fleet ASAP.  In the meantime, if you are headed to Rome, you might want to think twice about taking a bus instead of a tram, the metro or a taxi if you are too tired to walk where you want to go. 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44041597

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RE: Thinking twice before taking the bus in Rome ...

by felix »

My last trip to Rome was in 2005. We used the busses and metro extensively with no trouble. But, I guess those busses were pretty new at that time. 

What are some good alternatives to busses in Rome? Do they have Uber there, or another service similar to Uber and Lyft?

I've used taxis in Rome, but they can be rather expensive.

 

 

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RE: Thinking twice before taking the bus in Rome ...

by mushroom »

European cities have resisted Uber and Lyft, and regulated against it, for understandable reasons.  I'm not sure that the electric trams or the metro system have the same outdated equipment that Rome's  combustion-engine bus system does, but given the alarming situation with the buses -- it is actually 10 that have "exploded" in less than half a year -- I would not consider a taxi too expensive, but rather a reasonable insurance policy against the possibility of serious injury (and a ruined trip-- or worse!)

Here's a video:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/may/09/bus-bursts-into-flames-after-short-circuit-in-rome-video

 

 

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RE: Thinking twice before taking the bus in Rome ...

by felix »

That's horrible! I hope they get new busses before my visit later this year.

 

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RE: Thinking twice before taking the bus in Rome ...

by nononora »

An aside - don't know about Italian cities, but UBER is huge in Paris. Only way to go, given the weird system of taxi stands around the city. 

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RE: Thinking twice before taking the bus in Rome ...

by mushroom »

Uber is not reliable in Rome. 

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