Rome: New Metro Line Contract Awarded

Old Jul 26th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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Rome: New Metro Line Contract Awarded

The long-awaited Line C of the Rome metro system has been contracted for a bid of 2.5 billion (!) euros - the 2nd biggest contract every awarded in Italy.
the 25.5 km line will be fully automated and 17.6 km will be in tunnel, with 7.9 km in open air - it will link Pixzzale Clodio to Pantano Borghese and have 30 stations. Expected ridership: 600,000 passengers a day! Work should commence shortly and the opening of the first 7.2 km section (San Giovanni-Alessandrino) by late 2010. The entire line hopefully will be open before 2015.
Amongst large cities in Europe Rome has one of the poorest public transportation systems with just a few metro lines and the new line is long overdue.
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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only if they dont run into ancient ruins
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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good point and i think this is inevitable in a place like Rome!
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 09:48 AM
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hopefully there will be a way to brings Rome's Metro system into this century.

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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 09:55 AM
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Yes, it's rather shabby now. Just a few years ago i went to an unstaffed station and tried to use the automatic ticket machine and i only had a one euro coin and no small change. Well the ticket cost something like 76 euro cents and i put the one euro coin in and the machine said exact change only. The change machine was out of order and i would have gladly forfeited my 24 euro cents to get a ticket but it wouldn't let me - so i had to go to a nearby cafe and get change to use the xxxx thing - this is very archaic and un user friendly. I guess Romans are used to carry pennies for these machines or have passes or tickets in hand but i found it very frustrating.
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 09:56 AM
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Regardless of the supposed schedule, I doubt it will open in my lifetime!
 
Old Jul 26th, 2006, 10:02 AM
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Like they say in terms of some of the scaffolding on Italian churches, palazzo, etc. - that they've been there so long that they are now considered to be a part of the facade!
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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Pick up a copy of the July National Geographic. There's a great story written by Paul Bennett of Context Rome about some of the excavations happening in subterranean Rome.Then you'll understand why it doesn't have an extensive Metro system.
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Or as I always say about Rome after visiting and seeing all the scaffolding -- "it'll be nice once they get it done."
 
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Well i guess Rome wasn't built in a day!
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Old Jul 26th, 2006, 10:22 AM
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With all of its faults, we will just have to live with it as is.
I agree,it probably wont be completed in my lifetime.
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Another Fodorite who does not think they will live long enough to see the project completed, lol. But interesting info PalQ..also the thread you posted regarding Florence..although I didn't quite understand. Take care.
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