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Bikes and Heavy Vehicles: Pay attention to Blind Spots!

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  30 June 2016  •  Mauro Borioni, SRM (Public Transport Authority in Bologna) and Prof. Andrea Simone, University of Bologna

Mauro Borioni and Prof. Andrea Simone discuss the conflict between bikes and heavy vehicles and highlight a recent initiative in Bologna that raises awareness amongst cyclists.

CAF to supply new units to Naples Metro Line 1

Industry news  •  20 June 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Neapolitan public transport operator ANM (Azienda Napoletana Mobilità) has awarded a contract to supply ten 6-car units to Naples Metro Line 1 to CAF.

Improving public transport services in Rome

Issue 4 2015  •  2 September 2015  •  Giuseppe Noia, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Atac S.p.A

Giuseppe Noia, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of Rome’s public transport company Atac S.p.A, outlines what is currently being done to improve public transport services in the city – improvements that are necessary to secure the overall future operation of the company…

First 100 metres of Florence tramway line 2 completed

Industry news  •  11 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The Tram di Firenze S.p.A. consortium celebrated completion of the first 100 metres of Florence tramway line 2.

Milan Metro Line 5 extension begins driverless operation

Industry news  •  1 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

New driverless vehicles have begun operation on the Milan Metro Line 5 extension which opened on the 29th April 2015.

Building on the success of Italy’s first underground VAL network

Issue 4 2013  •  22 August 2013  •  Giancarlo Guiati, Sole Administrator, Infra.To

Infratrasporti.To S.r.l. (Infra.To) is a company owned exclusively by the City of Turin. The purpose of the company is to own and manage existing infrastructure and to plan and construct new infrastructure, including railways for passenger and freight transportation (both public and private) in accordance with legislation governing the operation of state-owned companies. Infra.To owns Line 1 of the Turin automatic underground system (13.2km) and the N. 4 Tramway line (18km).
Activities

Infra.To is currently involved in a number of works on the Turin underground system, including:
● Planning and construction of the Lingotto– Bengasi stretch of Line 1
● Planning of the Collegno–Cascine Vica stretch of Line 1
● Planning of the connection of the Torino– Ceres railway line to the Turin railway by tunnelling the line in Corso Grosseto
● Participation in the study group for the transport and financial planning of Line 2 of the Turin Underground
● Planning of new lines and renewal interventions for the city of Turin tramway infrastructures and regional railways.

Rising to the mobility challenges in Rome

Issue 4 2013  •  22 August 2013  •  Eurotransport

Atac is the city public transport company of Rome, managing surface transport (bus, tram and trolleybus), metro (lines A, B and B1 and three regional railways), tourist lines and dedicated charter services (including those for people with reduced mobility), interchange parking areas and fee-based parking lots. Atac was the first operator of urban mobility in Italy and is now recognised among the most important in Europe.
Main figures

With 11,783 employees – 9,987 of which are drivers, engine drivers and workmen – and a fleet of 2,450 vehicles – which includes buses, trams, trolleybuses, electric vehicles, subways and trains – Atac operates approximately four million journeys every day, which is the equivalent of around 1.5 billion trips per year. Surface public transport offers 311 routes, covering a network of over 3,500km with 7,037 stops. Three metro lines (A, B and B1) with a total length of 40km and 51 stations carry nearly 800,000 customers each day. The three regional railway lines (Rome–Lido, Rome–Viterbo and Termini–Giardinetti) cover a network of 140km with 72 stations and transport an average of 140,000 passengers per day.

Parking services consist of 30 park and ride areas with 13,000 parking spaces and 76,000 ‘blue stripe’ charged parking spaces.

LIMIT4WeDA: innovative mobility in weak demand areas

Issue 4 2013  •  22 August 2013  •  Francesco Filippi, Director, and Andrea Campagna, Research Fellow, Centre for Transport and Logistics, University La Sapienza Rome

European public and goods transport systems are essential to Europe’s prosperity. However, an estimated 10-20% of European citizens still encounter barriers and limited accessibility to public transport. Such barriers hinder employment, social and leisure activities, and full participation in society, and therefore place predominance on private car-based mobility. Yet the demand for accessible transport will rise with the rapid growth in the number and proportion of older citizens (aged 60 or more). An ageing society will place more emphasis on the provision of transport services that offer a high level of accessibility, perceived security and reliability, and appropriate solutions for users with reduced mobility or low financial capacity. Accessibility is a common issue in the so-called ‘weak demand areas’ (WDAs) – specific territories where demand for public transport services is low. These areas are generally characterised by low population density, scattered housing, and a wide variety of users.

Conventional transport systems can be inefficient in terms of costs and lead to the predominance of private car-based use, posing environmental problems and indirectly involving equity and inclusion problems to citizens.

 

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