Transit Passes Torino-Style

So I picked up a little brochure to see if I could buy a weekly pass or monthly pass to save on paying 1 Euro for each bus/tram trip. The answer was Certo, Si! Briefly let me count the ways:

  1. Daily or single rides

  • 1 ride=  € 1
  • 15 rides= € 13.5
  • daily pass= € 3.5
  • shopping pass =€2 (valid for four hours between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm)
  • travel together pass =€ 4.4 (valid for up to 4 people on weekends and holidays from 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm)

2a. Weekly pass

  • Ordinary =€9.5 Impersonal  -valid till next Sunday (see next line for definition of impersonal)

2b. Monthly pass

  • Ordinary impersonal= €35 (This means you can share with others, one person at a time, of course)
  • Ordinary personal= €32  (for only one person, name and ID)
  • children under 10= €12
  • students until age 25=  €18
  • senior citizen age 60+ = € 18
  • senior citizens after 9:00 am =€15

3.  Annual pass

  • Ordinary impersonal =€330 ( can share with others, only one person at a time, of course)
  • Ordinary personal= €290  (has your photo, I think)
  • children under 10= €100
  • students until age 25=  €194/170
  • 10 month student pass= €170/153
  • senior citizen age 60+ = € 145
  • senior citizens after 9:00 am= €130

4. Special passes for Torino residents

  • pass for the disabled (monthly – two types)
  • for the unemployed ( trimester- two types)

5. There are four more pages explaining the fares for the suburban lines  with and without the urban routes

If nothing else, this demonstrates  how a much thought is given to fare pricing and making it work for all the residents.  The numerous fare options that include urban and suburban buses (and two local train lines that GTT operates, not the national railway) shows how a single operator can  really make it affordable to ride transit. I love the travel together on weekends pass, as well as recognizing that you can be a student past the age of 18! until 25! And the shopping and the sr citizen after 9:00 am pass.

Contrast this with the Bay Area in  California:

There are no options for monthly or yearly passes that would include buses, trams,  metro/subway and train because right now in the Bay Area we have 25 +/- different operators and no fare coordination.

Student passes stop at age 18. The discount varies widely from operator to operator.  However BART youth cards are only good for the school trip, not other trips. College-student-age transit passes exist where the university and the local transit agency get together and charge extra student fees to fund them, such as UC Berkeley and AC Transit.   I’ve never heard of a junior pass for kids under 10. Typically in the US, children under age 5 ride free with their parent, in Torino it’s children under one meter in height.

In California,  to take a typical ride, I would have to pay:

$1.75 to take AC transit 2 or 3 miles to the BART station;

$3.75 to take BART  to San Francisco;

$1.75 to take MUNI within San Francisco.

Total cost $7.25

To be fair, I forgot to mention the  25 cents (not %,  25 cents, one quarter)  discount on AC Transit with a BART transfer, which I won’t have on my way to the BART station, since I get it when I leave the BART station.

A  transit trip within one agency can be just as aggravating; at VTA:

$1.75 to take the bus to a light rail station

another $1.75 to take light rail

Then of course, another $3 to $6 to take Caltrain,  who is a different operator.

MILANO

Milan has very similar fare structures, with many  options for tickets and passes to  travel outside the city into the neighboring municipalities, call the Hinterlands. Passes are available weekly ,monthly and annually for regular fare, students and seniors.

The ticket options for only within the city are listed below, I have only translated the name of the pass so far.  the interurban  and regional ticket options and the passes are too numerous to list.

Biglietto ordinario : Ordinary ticket

Tariffa: 1,00 €
Validità: 75 minuti dalla convalida; consente un unico accesso in metropolitana, ferrovie e Passante Ferroviario

Carnet di 10 viaggi  – ten trip pass

Tariffa: 9,20 €
Validità: 10 viaggi di 75 minuti ciascuno dalla convalida; ogni viaggio consente un unico accesso in metropolitana, ferrovie e Passante Ferroviario. Il carnet non può essere utilizzato da più persone contemporaneamente

BI4 Biglietto integrato per 4 viaggi   – 4 trip pass

Tariffa: 4,00 €
Validità: 4 viaggi di 75 minuti ciascuno dalla convalida; ogni viaggio consente un unico accesso in metropolitana, ferrovie e Passante Ferroviario. Solo sulle linee ATM, nei giorni festivi vale per un numero illimitato di viaggi fino fino “>alle 13.00 se convalidato convalidato “>entro tale orario, e tutte le sere fino a fine servizio se convalidato dopo le 20.00

Abbonamento giornaliero – Day Pass

Tariffa: 3,00 €
Validità: 24 ore dalla convalida senza limite al numero di viaggi

Abbonamento bigiornaliero -Two Day -Pass

Tariffa: 5,50 €
Validità: 48 ore dalla convalida senza limite al numero di viaggi

Settimanale 2×6 – Weekly pass

Tariffa: 6,70 €
Validità: 2 viaggi giornalieri di 75 minuti ciascuno dalla convalida, per 6 giorni della stessa settimana in cui è stata effettuata la prima convalida; ogni viaggio consente un unico accesso in metropolitana, ferrovie e Passante Ferroviario.
Puoi utilizzare il 2×6 anche la domenica se, durante la settimana, non hai hai “>utilizzato entrambi i viaggi di una giornata; in questo caso, in fase di controllo, insieme alla matrice devi mostrare anche il biglietto, privo di timbrature, del giorno in cui non hai viaggiato

Biglietto serale-  Evening Pass after 8:00 pm

Tariffa: 2,00 €
Validità: dalle 20.00 a fine servizio del giorno di convalida, senza limiti di viaggi sulla rete urbana e sui tratti in città di tutte le linee interurbane ATM.

Biglietto per bagaglio

Tariffa: 1,00 €
Validità: 75 minuti dalla convalida; vale per il trasporto di un bagaglio per il quale è previsto il pagamento del biglietto. Sulla rete urbana può essere sostituito da un biglietto ordinario urbano.
Va convalidato all’inizio del viaggio e, in caso di controllo, lo devi mostrare insieme al tuo documento di viaggio.

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One response to “Transit Passes Torino-Style

  1. And then there’s this article comparing Portland to the SF Bay – makes Portland sounds a lot like Tornio.
    http://www.cp-dr.com/node/2351

    Si!

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