| In Practice | Transportation Cleaning
Venice’s 135 water buses keep the city running. Photo: Dussmann Group/Kay Herschelmann
Clean buses – on land and on water
On the main street of Venice
260,000 inhabitants, of whom 60,000 live in the historical city center, 30 million visitors – and
the main street is the Canal Grande. Managing Venice’s traffic is a challenge. This is also true
for cleaning the numerous – and above all – many means of transport. For some years now, a
service provider from Germany has taken care of this.
Everything began on an autumn morning in 1881. When the
“Regina Margherita” traveled down the Canal Grande as the first
water bus with a mechanical propeller, it only shared Venice’s
main street with a few small boats and gondolas. 135 years later,
135 water buses, the vaporetti, travel the Canal Grande and the
lagoon. The Venetian public transport company ACTV (Azienda
Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano) keeps the city going with them.
The water buses are the backbone of the transport system, not only
for the 60,000 residents of Venice’s historic center, but also for
the 30 million tourists a year. Last year at Easter, the city counted
300,000 visitors in three days. It was a tourist record as well as
a huge challenge for the municipal government and transport
authorities. Similar numbers of people are otherwise found only
during Carnival – which lasts nearly three weeks, however.
The mayor’s office. The windows look out over the Canal Grande.
Outside, the flag with the winged lion is flying. Simone Venturini
and Luca Scalabrin probably no longer notice the splendor of
the room, with its painted wooden ceilings. As deputy mayor,
is responsible for public welfare and economic
is the president of the ACTV. “Although 30
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