Rail care and Pums, the Capitol Hill's guidelines

The focus is on rail transport, without neglecting soft mobility but also enhancing the system of surface connections. Today, the Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, outlined the transport policy guidelines to the Capitoline Assembly. From caring for the railways to "mobility as a service", Gualtieri outlined the priorities of his administration.

"We are working on the rail system, which aims to extend the existing lines, complete the C line, build the D line, develop urban trains, tramways; and also extending the GRAB bike lanes and soft mobility". The surface system will also be enhanced "thanks to the renewal of the vehicle fleet, reduced fares for peripheral services of a local nature and coordination at metropolitan level with rail services and Cotral".

For example, for the ATAC network "two council resolutions have unlocked the use and purchase of around 100 buses. The maintenance of the metro network can already count on the first 240 million euros. We have committed” explained Gualtieri, “240 of the 425 million for the modernization of the A and B lines that had been postponed for years and reprogrammed the remaining 185, managed by Roma Metropolitane. The work carried out will allow the resources to be grounded by the spring and the work will be completed between 6 months and 5 years".

On the current metro network, 154 installations including escalators and lifts have been at a standstill, 40 of them since 2020 due to the lack of testing by Ustif. "Therefore, we have activated a timetable with Ansfisa, Ustif and Atac which has guaranteed a regular schedule of the 40 tests and those to come. The first 10 of which, including Repubblica and Policlinico, have been completed in the last ten days". In the meantime, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility has unblocked the agreements on the Magliana cable car and the Termini-Giardinetti, Tor Vergata, Togliatti and Tiburtina tram lines, "which will all be completed by the Jubilee, as well as at least the first section of the Termini-Vatican-Aurelio line," said Gualtieri to the Capitoline councillors.

As for the other tram lines, "the Mobility Department has been given back responsibility to manage the complete and overall design of the equipment for 25 million euro plus another 36 euro obtained from Mims, and unlocked the second batch of the next interventions on trams 8, 3 and 14 for a value of 3.2 million.

To assess the “state of art” tram lines and plan interventions, the Department of Mobility has activated a task force with ATAC, Simu, Garden Service and Ama. "In the first three days after the settlement”, recalled the first citizen, “the trams 3 and 8 have suffered a derailment and three accidents, due to debris brought downstream by heavy rains and deposited on the tracks. The task force has ensured extraordinary cleaning and regular sweeping of the tram routes to remove leaves and earth, while at the same time monitoring and working on the trees above the overhead tram lines".

This morning, the Council approved the Plan that will now be brought to the Assembly for examination. "It's a text that we agree with on the whole, even if there are some points on which we think improvements can be introduced. Finally, among the objectives, the creation of an integrated platform that gives substance to the "mobility as a service" so as to allow different actions in real time, travel planning, digital payment of fares and different public transport services including on-demand buses, sharing, taxis, parking, information on the mobility situation, proposals for connections and alternative routes. To this end," concluded Gualtieri, "we are calling for tenders to make use of the resources of the NRP on 'mobility as a service’.