“Leave the seats next to the driver free”. Too bad, however, that the driver does not exist on line C of the Rome metro because there is automatic driving. Atac’s strange decision has sparked controversy and hilarity on social media, where users wonder why the area near the leading carriage, without a driver, has been cordoned off.
“Atac, one thinks a hundred is wrong” they write on the Facebook group “Daily updates on the status of the metro in Rome”. There is actually an explanation. In fact, near the glass of the first carriage, people often flock to it, who through the glass can observe the journey of the subway on the tracks. Atac therefore decided to prevent access to the first seats of the wagon, in order to prevent gatherings.
In addition, there may be a need for emergency driver intervention, called a “line agent”, in the event of a train breakdown.