All roads lead to Rome… or MilanBeing the most populous and the capital city of Italy, Rome has the hard daily task of transporting millions. Before the pandemic hit, the public transit network in Rome transported around 900 million people yearly. ATAC (Azienda Tramvie e Autobus del Comune di Roma) is the company in charge of most of the local public transport in Rome, selling around 100 million tickets per year before the pandemic. In 2021, the number of tickets sold almost reached 50 million, a reduction of 49.5 percent compared to 2019.
Milan is the second largest city and the financial heart of Italy. In 2020, the Milanese public transit system transported 301 million passengers, a y-o-y decrease of almost 60 percent. The drop slightly affected the financials of the company ATM (Azienda Transporti Milanesi), which reported a decline of only 2.3 percent in revenues in 2020. The public company operating the municipal public transport of Milan hit back in 2021 with a revenue recovery above pre-pandemic levels, passing the one billion euros margin for the first time since 2015.