Transport in Milan

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Logos of Milan's transportation system
Milan Metro Line 3 at Duomo station

Milan has an extensive internal transport network and is also an important transportation node in Italy, being one of the country's biggest hubs for air, rail and road networks. Internal public transport network includes the Metro, the Suburban Railway, the tram and bus network, as well as taxi, car and bike sharing services.

History[edit]

Early public transport service in Milan dates back to 1801, operated with horse-drawn carriages.[1] After the relocation of the Capital of the Italian Kingdom in Milan in 1805, national and international transport services were inaugurated, all operated with carriages, to Wien, Marseille and several Italian cities.[1] Transport via the Navigli canals was also an important transport mode in that period.[1]

The first bus line was opened in 1827, connecting Milan to Lodi. The first railway, to Monza, was inaugurated in 1840.[2]

Public transportation[edit]

Metro[edit]

Metro map
Main article: Milan Metro

The Milan Metro is a rapid transit system, running mainly underground, serving Milan and other surrounding cities. The network consists of 4 lines, identified by different colors and numbers:

Line Length (km) Length (mi) Stations
Milano linea M1.svg 26.9 16.7 38
Milano linea M2.svg 39.4 24.5 35
Milano linea M3.svg 16.7 10.4 21
Milano linea M5.svg 6.1 3.8 9

Milan Metro has a total length of 94.5 km (58.7 mi), serving 103 stations, making it the longest metro network in Italy. The system carries about 1.15 million passengers per day. The second phase of Line 5 and a new line, Line 4, are currently under construction.

Suburban rail[edit]

Suburban railway network map
Inside Milan Central station
Milan–Bologna high-speed railway runs mostly parallel to the Milan-Naples highway

The suburban railway service consists of 10 lines connecting Milan to the greater metropolitan area:

Milano S1.svg SaronnoMilan - Lodi
Milano S2.svg Milano Rogoredo – Mariano Comense
Milano S3.svg Milano Cadorna – Saronno
Milano S4.svg Milano Cadorna – Camnago
Milano S5.svg VareseMilanTreviglio
Milano S6.svg NovaraMilanPioltello ( – Treviglio)
Milano S8.svg Milano Porta Garibaldi – Lecco
Milano S9.svg SaronnoMilan - Albairate
Milano S11.svg Milano Porta Garibaldi – Chiasso
Milano S13.svg Milano Bovisa – Pavia

The system was brought together from existing lines and the construction of the new Passante, an underground railway line passing through the city. The service began operation in 2004 and now comprises 109 stations. Several extensions are planned.

Trams[edit]

A modern tram in Milan
Main article: Trams in Milan

The Tram network comprises 17 urban lines[3] and 1 interurban line (Milan - Limbiate). The system is more than 115 km long and is the biggest network in Italy.

The Milan tram network date back to 1876, when the first horse driven tram line began operation. In 1878 the first steam powered tram was lunched and by 1901 all the lines were electric powered. In 1910 line numbers were first introduced. At that time the network was already consisting of 30 lines. Until 1917 the tram system was operated by several different companies, however, since that year the municipality took control over the whole network.[4]

In the 1920s the famous Class 1500 streetcars were introduced. Many of them, restored, are still in use today.

Beginning from the late 1950s and until the end of the 1970s the tram network was reduced, being replaced in some areas by the new Metro lines or by cheaper and more flexible bus lines.

Buses[edit]

Main article: Trolleybuses in Milan

There are 82 bus and 4 trolleybus lines in Milan.[3] Most of the routes do not run during the night, however, bus services on demand are available in the weekend at night.[3][5]

New night bus lines during weekends have been introduced since 24 September 2011, running from 2 am to 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays.[6] The new network was considered a success, with more than 8,000 people using the lines every weekend.[7]

National and international rail[edit]

Milan is one of the most important hub for the national and international rail network in Italy. Milan Central station is the second station in Italy both for size and passengers after Rome.[9] It is also the main node for high-speed rail lines in northern Italy. Milano Cadorna and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations are respectively the seventh and the eleventh busiest stations in Italy.[9][10] Because of its position, Milan is also the main gateway for international passenger traffic to Europe. Daily international destinations include Bern, Lugano, Geneve, Zurich, Paris, Wien, Barcelona and Munich.[11]

Milan is also the core of Lombardy's regional train network. Regional trains were operated on two different systems by LeNord (departing from Milano Cadorna) and Trenitalia (departing from Milan Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi). Begininning in 2011, a new company, Trenord, operates both Trenitalia and LeNord regional trains in Lombardy.

Roads[edit]

Ecopass program aims at reducing traffic congestion and pollution in the city centre

Milan is a key node for the Italian road network, being the junction between the east-west A4 highway to Turin and Venice and the north-south A1 highway to Rome and Naples. Other important highways, such as the A7 to Genova and the A8-A9 to Switzerland, also serve the city. Highways reaching Milan are linked together by a ring road formed by the 3 tangenziali (the A50, A51 and A52) and part of the A4 highway, with a total length of over 100 km around the city.

Milan road system is characterized by a high rate of traffic congestion, due to a high level of cars per capita and a high number of commuters in the metropolitan area. Congested traffic is also responsible for the high pollution rate in the Milan area.[12] Counter measures included the partial ban of private cars inside the Milan urban area for some period (usually during Sundays) and more recently the introduction of the Ecopass, a traffic pollution charge for vehicles entering the city.[13][14] Since 16 January 2012 a new congestion charge, Area C, has been implemented.[15] However, in the Italian context, Milan is one of the big cities with the lowest number of motor vehicles per capita, with 543 per 1000 people in 2011.[16]

Several car-sharing systems are active in the city. GuidaMi, the first scheme, is managed by ATM and comprises 132 vehicles and about 5,500 registered users.[17] Car2go was activated in August 2013[18] and has a fleet of 600 cars and more than 50,000 registered users. Other services include E-vai from Trenord and Enjoy from Eni.

Cycling[edit]

Main article: BikeMi

Airports[edit]

Malpensa Airport aerial view

Milan is served by three major airports: Malpensa Airport, the biggest in northern Italy; Linate Airport, located near the city centre and mainly used for domestic traffic; Orio al Serio Airport, located in the neighbouring city of Bergamo and used mainly by low-cost airlines. The three airports had a total of 30 million passengers in 2009.[19] Milano Bresso, operated by Aero Club Milano, is a minor general aviation airport. Milan airport system is the second busiest in Italy, after the one of Rome.

The three main airports are connected by bus to the city center, and Malpensa airport also has a direct connection by rail to major central railway stations in Milan (including Centrale and Cadorna), the Malpensa Express. The new metro line 4, connecting Linate airport to the city center, is currently under construction and the first phase is planned to be completed by 2015.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Storia dei Trasporti Lombardi, p. 11-16
  2. ^ Storia dei Trasporti Lombardi, p. 19-20
  3. ^ a b c "GiroMilano - Il navigatore ATM per Milano e provincia". Azienda Trasporti Milanesi. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Trasporti pubblici ::: Storia di Milano". Storiadimilano.it. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Radiobus ATM, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi". Atm-mi.it. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Dal 24 settembre parte la rete notturna". Azienda Trasporti Milanesi. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Il successo dei bus notturni 8mila passeggeri a weekend". la Repubblica Milano. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l weekdays only
  9. ^ a b "Milano Centrale Station official page". Ferrovie dello Stato - Grandistazioni. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "List of major stations in Italy with figures". Ferrovie dello Stato - Centostazioni. 
  11. ^ "International Destinations". Ferrovie dello Stato. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Smog, misure d'emergenza Blocco traffico e case piů fredde - Milano". Milano.corriere.it. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  13. ^ "ANASCO". Comune.milano.it. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  14. ^ "Ambiente :: Misure per la limitazione del traffico veicolare". Regione.lombardia.it. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  15. ^ "Area C è partita: calate del 40% le auto in centro dopo l'entrata in vigore del pedaggio". Corriere della Sera Milano. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mobilità urbana". Istat. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Car Sharing a Milano: presto altri gestori per ampliare il servizio". milanotoday.it. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Car2go inizia il suo viaggio: così raddoppia il car-sharing". la Repubblica Milano. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Trasporto aereo 2003-2009". Istat. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Francesco Ogliari, Storia dei Trasporti Lombardi, vol.1 - Dall'Omnibus alla Metropolitana, Milano, Cavallotti Editori, 1976.

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