The attempts to solve the legendary chaos of Rome's traffic problem have apparently failed once again--to nobody's great surprise.
GV People wait for bus
GV PAN Buses stuck in traffic
SVs Cars in traffic jam
SV PAN Another bus queue
SV Cars crawling in traffic jams (2 shots)
GV Bus stops and people board (2 shots)
CU Bus moving off
CU Driver PAN TO traffic jam through windscreen
GV Traffic jam
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Background: The attempts to solve the legendary chaos of Rome's traffic problem have apparently failed once again--to nobody's great surprise.
The idea originally seemed ideal--give the citizens free bus-rides and they would all leave their cars at home. But things apparently did not go quite as envisaged. Most of the extra passenger turned out to be children out for some extra fun and housewives resting their feet for the odd stop instead of walking.
Traffic department surveys proved that there were just as many illegally parked cars as ever, and that there was no noticeable increase in the number of people using the buses in the rush hour.
The trial scheme, which ended on Friday (7 January), cost Rome authorities more than 250,000 sterling. Some cynics says that the failure of the scheme was for the best--they maintain there are not enough buses to cope with the rush-hour crowds anyway.