Interesting, thanks for posting.
But it is odd that they say "Up until now, whoever couldn't afford the cost of a taxi from Mestre was forced to board a public bus, oftentimes having to take luggage along for the ride." They could always have taken the train - but in any case, I'm not sure of the point they are making. Whenever people can't afford taxis, of course they are obliged to take public transport, be it a bus, a train - or a tram!
qaminari: that passage struck me as odd also.
Looking forward to riding the new tram.
Unfortunately, the new tram line is much slower than the bus lines which covered (and in some cases still do cover) the same distance. It is much more prone to technical difficulties, and has been riddled continuously with interruptions in the service ranging from minutes to hours to in one case months since its launch. It has been estimated that for anyone subject to this "change in habits" that is now forced to switch from the extra-urban buses to the tram at the concentration terminal in the center of Mestre the single transport times will be increased from 10 to 25 minutes EACH WAY (possibly even more in off-peak hours), so 20-50 minutes per day, 2-4 hours per week. The construction was so disruptive that entire tracts along the tram that were subjected to extended periods of extremely reduced vehicular traffic, such as Via Garibaldi, are still pock marked with closed stores and business establishments that either closed or were forced to move, and which have not been replaced to this date, so the "convenience" of the tram is a smoke screen which has never given proof of any actual substance. To not start to mention the cost over-runs and escalation beyond any original estimate... A disaster from the start.
If in Mestre station area you can take a bus or a train,
You need to be in central Mestre to take the tram and that goes as far as Piazzale Roma.
As far as costs go it all depends if you take an actv unica pass which can be used on the buses and tram
There are currently two monorail "streetcar" or "tram" lines running on the mainland, the T1 between Favaro (about a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport) passing through the center of Mestre and then cutting east to the San Giuliano park to head towards Venice (P.le Roma), and the T2 running from the center of Mestre past the train station to Marghera (the Panorama shopping center). It does not currently, and as far as I have seen or heard, is not ever planned to be continued out to the airport. Even if it were to be extended beyond Favaro to the airport, the total ride to get into Venice would seem endless (as bad as Alilaguna, or worse). There are currently no train lines running to the Marco Polo airport, from Mestre or anyplace else. There has been discussion recently about having the high speed ("Freccia" type) train lines run to the airport before continuing to Trieste or Milano, bypassing the urban tract of Mestre too, possibly, but nothing I have seen seems very well defined or sure yet.
And the tram started construction well over a decade before it ever reached Venice, so the fact that the most recent posts in this thread are only a few months old is not much of a problem for Italian public works projects.
Many thanks for the update. I'll use the bus service from Mestre station as that seems certain, and reliable.
Your reply implied that Alilaguna from the airport into Venice isn't a good service, though when I come back after a few days in Cortina and have left friends at Marco Polo, the waterboat would be convenient. It would take me to very close to my Venice hotel.Edited: 10 February 2016, 19:11
Ian, it is just very slow compared with land transport.