Full, by now, not only in the morning or at the time of returning home. With passengers often seated even on child seats where it is forbidden and hardly one meter away as provided by the rules of the Dpcm to limit Covid risks. There is an alarm for gatherings on Atac buses, where a list of “critical” lines circulates, the ones most indicated by the drivers. Routes used by thousands of commuters, which connect the ends of the city quadrants with each other (often from the metro stops) or that travel towards the Center.
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In fact, in the “black list” there are the 058 that from Ponte Mammolo reaches Tor Vergata, the 905 that from Cornelia reaches Malagrotta, the 719 between Candoni and Piazza dei Partigiani (where there is Ostiense station), the 90 which joins Largo Labia, Fidene area, to Termini station, the 791 between Cornelia and the Nervi / Palalottomatica stop at Eur, the 301 which originates in Grottarossa to reach Piazza Augusto Imperatore until 46 between Monte Mario and Piazza Venezia, 246 between Cornelia and Malagrotta, the 881 from via Paola to Avanzini / Incis (in the Pisana area) and to the H between Termini and via dei Capasso. To the north, south, west and east of the capital.
The problem is deeply felt in Atac, which does not intend to underestimate the implications of the phenomenon, given that especially in September the volume of passengers should increase further, with the resumption of lessons in schools and many offices that will reopen. So far the company has made available, and on the street, almost all the working vehicles it has (about 1,300 vehicles running on three shifts, net of the faults that occur daily).
To reduce the crowds, the municipalized company asked for some reports to understand which buses are the most crowded based on the reports that arrive every day from the drivers. Then there would be the people counters: the most critical lines would be found with 45% of the seats occupied throughout the day. But it is a fact that does not mean much: because it is precisely a daily average, so maybe late at night the capacity can drop to 20% while at peak times it may well exceed 60% of the Dpcm. According to Google’s latest mobility report, 62% of passengers from the pre-Covid era returned to frequent bus stops and stations in Rome and Lazio. July 7. That’s why Atac must find solutions to limit the gatherings. Some new cars are expected to enter service in the coming days. Meanwhile – as provided by the rules written in the last Dpcm – it happens that drivers are forced to skip a few stops or to drop passengers, when they exceed the maximum number allowed on board. But it is not enough and not always, workers say, it is possible.
The 250 controllers of the company cannot then board. Just for the anti-contagion rules. So much so that now, to reduce the amount of people who do not pay the ticket (the “Portuguese” have tripled since the outbreak of Covid), both Atac and Cotral ask the Region and the Ministry of Transport to be able to get the vehicles back on board. own hole checkers. The president of Cotral, Amalia Colaceci, intervened on the issue: “We have made so much effort to recover the evasion, we hope that as quickly as possible they will unlock the controls”.
The other plug, for Atac, is the case. Money. It has been calculated that the quota of seats for the whole of 2020 will cost the municipalized coffers 200 million in terms of ticketing. However, the first 30 million euros have not yet arrived from the government through the relaunch decree, funds set aside precisely to compensate, at least in part, for the lost collections.
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