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Roma Tramvia ~ Rome Trams, June 2011

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Uploaded on Jun 28, 2011

Mussolini pulled up the tram tracks in the centre of Rome in 1930. (He built an inner circle line and introduced through-ticketing). There were further extensive closures in the 1960's & 70's because trams did not mix well with Roman driving habits.
Recent environmental concerns (and EU money) have seen trams make a modest comeback. A "modern tramway", line 2, opened in 1990. Line 8 has been extended. In July 2009 re-routing and a new turning circle at Termini for lines 5 and 14 saw trams return to the top of the via Cavour.
There are some modern low floor trams by Fiat (1998 & 2002) and Socimi (1990) but the backbone of the fleet is a batch of 58 articulated cars dating from 1949 --54, re-built and still giving good service. Socimi went broke and its supply contract was only half completed, possibly causing the 1949-54 cars to stay in service longer than expected. The old trams are now increasingly popular with tourists.

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