Thanks to an initiative by the municipalities of Bologna, Reno and San Lazzaro in collaboration with Tper, children attending primary school this year and resident in their respective areas will benefit from free urban public transport.
Subscriptions are valid from 1 September 2015 whilst the last ones of this year were sent to the families by mail in August. The total number entitled is 21,309 children. The money explained a spokesperson from Palazzo D’Accursio, “…was raised thanks to the allocation of €110,000 from the Sustainable Transport Department in the 2015 council budget.”
Those who have not received the card within the first days of September can request a free duplicate one from September 7 until October 31 at the Tper offices in Marconi and the main Bus Station on Via Indipdenenza. After that date any duplicates will incur a €5 fee.
Valid subscriptions must be accompanied by a passport photo of the holder. The cards are equipped with microchips and must be validated on every travel occasion.
The free pass permits travel within the urban areas of Bologna with the exception of the so-called special lines (such as Aerobus, Gran Turismo, Autostradali) and any reserved/private bus services.
The subscriptions cannot used as a ‘family’ pass. And holders of annual subscriptions may not be entitles to refunds of previously purchased tickets.
The giveaway represents consequence of the ecological pressures in which the local government is aiming to make Bologna a green city.