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Locals to get priority boarding on Venice's famous water buses
Ah! Turistas a pagar 7.50 euros, ou seja cinco vezes mais do que os habitantes Locais ( 1.50 euros )
Habitantes Locais a terem prioridade de embarque . O Presidente da Autarquia de Veneza explica:
Nào se trata de discriminação, trata-se de garantir a qualidade da vivência em Veneza .
Em Lisboa: Uma ideia para o 28, e tudo indica num futuro próximo para o 24 !?
Locals to get priority boarding on Venice's famous water buses... despite tourists paying FIVE TIMES more for their tickets
Residents in the canal city pay €1.50 for a ticket - tourists charged €7.50
Mayor Luigi Brugnato has been grappling with how to keep locals happy
He says it's not about 'discriminating' but how to make Venice 'liveable'
By JOHN HUTCHINSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:21 BST, 8 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:05 BST, 8 April 2016
Holidaymakers visiting Venice might be waiting a little longer to board the famous vaporetto water buses - as locals will get priority space.
Italy's floating city is preparing to bring in a plan to ease congestion for locals on its water transport system by creating priority queues for residents in a move likely to vex visitors.
The city council has said that the public transport company would soon announce a new boarding system for the vaporetto - 'little steamers' - which glide down the city's main canals and connect it to nearby islands.
Italy's floating city is preparing to bring in a plan to ease congestion for locals on its water transport system by creating priority queues for residents +2
Italy's floating city is preparing to bring in a plan to ease congestion for locals on its water transport system by creating priority queues for residents
'The idea is to do something like priority queues at airports, without penalising anyone, whether residents or tourists,' a source at the council said, with Italian media reports adding that the project will be launched in June.
The Mayor of Venice has said the new rules are to make the city of Venice 'more liveable'
The scheme will be tried out first at eight of the busiest stops, with passholders who live, work or study in the historic centres allowed on first, followed by sightseers and their often bulky baggage.
Mayor Luigi Brugnato has been grappling with the problem of keeping locals happy and preventing Venice - nicknamed 'La Serenissima', 'the most serene' - from turning into a museum for holidaymakers alone, rather than a working city.
'A worker coming out of a Murano glassworks after eight hours in front of an oven or a mother rushing to pick up her child at daycare must be able to without being crushed in the crowds or running the risk of being late,' he said.
'It's not about discriminating against tourists, but making Venice more liveable.'
Residents already get a steep discount on water bus tickets, paying €1.50 (£1.20) rather than the €7.50 (£6) forked out by tourists in the canal city, which welcomes millions of visitors a year.
Venice's permanent population has been on the slide since a 1966 flood displaced several thousand residents, and taxes, rising house costs and mass tourism clogging up its waterways has seen the population plunge below the 60,000 mark.
Speaking to MailOnline Travel, Bob Atkinson, travel expert at TravelSupermarket said: 'It seems that Venice doesn't feel it has to attract tourists but those who do come, it will overcharge.
'Giving locals priority gives off the message that tourists are an inconvenience and not wanted there.
'There are a lot of other wonderful places people can go on city breaks and tourists may vote with their feet on hearing this message.
'I understand the need for locals to get around quickly if they need to get to work. But tourists don't tend to be out at the beginning of the day. Plus, it is incredibly unfair that tourists should have to pay five times as much for the same service. The price should be the same price for all.'