News: Priority Access on public transportation granted to the Venetians

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One of the downfalls of living in a city with more tourists than inhabitants on a daily basis, coupled with extremely attractive public transportation routes, is to find yourself kept out from boarding a vaporetto on your way to work or back home. For whichever reason this might happen (“you [we] see Venice every day, we [they] should have the priority” is what we were told recently while being pushed away), finding yourself having to wait 20 min for the next vaporetto is always quite frustrating.

In a small city where the number of inhabitants is only slightly over 54.000 people but the number of stays in town is up to 30 million, a local running to an appointment, going to pick up his/her child at school, or simply coming back from a long day of work, is regularly stuck waiting in the middle of a crowd of vacationers.

Public Transportation is essential for locals, yet too often mass tourism becomes an obstacle for workers and students in a hurry

In order to find a solution to this problem and make the life of the inhabitants easier, the mayor of the city has instituted, from June 2016, priority access to the transportations for owners of the “Venezia Unica Oro” card, a public transportation card available only to residents in the Venice municipality. This decision has been taken in order to improve the livability of the city, not to discriminate.

Let’s see what happens!

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