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The Study of Touristic Buses in Rome by Sapienza University

Rome, June 8, 2017 – Today, the Transport and Logistics Research Center of the University of Rome – Sapienza has presented its Study of Touristic Buses in Rome. Commissioned by ANAV, FITA-CNA, FEDERLAZIO and ANC-TRASPORTO BUS associations, this Study has been promoted also by Carrani Tours. The President Paolo Delfini highlights:

«This analysis of touristic buses’ environmental sustainability is incredibly valuable for all the professionals in the field. It’s extremely important for the same Municipality of Rome, too, in view of the desirable regulation and development of this great asset to the whole City and its touristic industry»

Touristic buses represent only 2% of the overall traffic in the center of Rome

Actually, touristic buses are equipped with Euro IV, V or VI engines. They determine only 2% of the overall traffic in the restricted-traffic area ztl1, in the center of Rome. About 3% is due to public transport, about 6% to commercial vehicles and exactly 88,97% to private cars. Private cars occupy on average 5,2 mq/passenger of parking spaces, while each of them produces 0,35 g/km of nitrogen oxides (NOX). In contrast, buses record the values of 0,6 mq/passenger and 0,12 g/km. So, the most polluted areas in Rome are in the South-East districts of the city. Moreover, the worst periods for lung health coincide with working days and winter – low tourist season.

Delfini continues:

«Our purpose was taking stock of the real situation, in the most exact and well-documented way. Tourism on accessible buses represents anything but an enemy for the ecological and economical health of Rome»

The economic role of touristic buses in the Eternal City

Touristic buses lighten the public transport’s workload and guarantee over 11 million euros as municipal revenue per annum for traffic access requests. Unfortunately, the Municipality of Rome has not reinvested nor promoted them in its policy on mitigating traffic impact. It threatens come restrictive measures for their access in the center, with a «risk of serious effects on tourism and Roman economy», according to ANAV.

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