01 June 2008

The Bus, Visually

Most of the buses in Rome are fairly similar, apart from the electric buses that run in the Old City. Although the pictures below are not from my typical place (bus #95), it is very similar to those that do run on route #95 (these pictures are from the #118, which runs from Ostiense out to the Via Appia Antica).

Each bus has stop buttons at each seat, a single seat that faces backward right in front of the back door, single seats along one side of the bus and double seats along the back portion of the other, bars and handles at the top of the aisle for folks to hang on to, three sets of doors (front, middle, back), exit signs at the middle door, and validation machines (bright yellow) for the tickets.

You can see, in the pictures below, the validation machine, the seat that faces backward, the stop button, and a general view of the bus. The buses are almost all red and grey inside, as this one is.

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Works Cited

Fiona Wild, ed. Eyewitness Travel Rome (London: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1993), 2007 edition.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York: Penguin Books, 1990/1860.

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