Faculty Advisor

Carrera, Fabio

Faculty Advisor

Zeugner, John F.

Project Center

Venice, Italy


The number of tourists visiting the city of Venice every year has rapidly been increasing, verging on unsustainability, especially during the summer months. The public transportation network has become more congested. This project investigated the impacts of tourism on the public transportation system by collecting ridership data from the popular boat stops and comparing the counts to the number of cruise ships present for each day. The project concluded that cruise ship passengers increased public boat use by a factor of 2 at the least, and a factor of 4 at the most. These data may prove essential to further understanding how tourism, as well as the extensive public boat system, might be modified to insure the continuing health and prosperity of Venice.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts