Roman mobility between present and future

L'intervista al Vicesindaco con delega alla Città in Movimento Pietro Calabrese
In the last two years, Roman mobility has witnessed a small revolution. Firstly, the adoption
of the Pums, the urban plan for sustainable mobility that has the task of redesigning, for the
next decade, the transport system in our city, to the full benefit of the economic and social
fabric of the area. But also for the renewal of the bus fleet with the purchase and
commissioning of hundreds of new cars. And from funds obtained from the Ministry of
Infrastructure and Transport; to build three new tramways, two cable cars and the purchase
of at least 50 streetcars, as well as for the presentation of projects for two more tram lines
and the extension of the Metro-line C. And also, for the design and construction of bike lanes
and "environmental islands", for the development of new sharing services, the promotion of
season tickets for under-16s and the transport service for people with disabilities. These are
important goals that have been followed by radical changes in people's mobility habits in
relation to the Covid 19 health emergency. That is what we talked about with Pietro
Calabrese, the new Deputy Mayor of the Capital with responsibility for the City in Motion.
 
Deputy Mayor, can you tell us how Covid has affected urban mobility and how they have
changed?
 
"All countries have been challenged to cope with the Covid 19 health emergency. Urban
mobility is certainly one of the aspects of our lives most affected by this change. Both
people's travel habits and the collective view of mobility have changed. Just think that Rome
has become the first city in Italy for the number of bikes and scooters for sharing.
Therefore, today more than ever, it is important to give space to diversified, integrated and
environmentally friendly forms of mobility, always keeping in mind the characteristics of the
urban and socio-economic fabric of our city"
 
In the last three years, more than half of the Atac fleet has been renewed, what are
the objectives for the coming months?
 
"The new buses in service are a concrete demonstration of the commitment and the path
started since the beginning of the council term to relaunch public transport in Rome. In just
a few years we have put more than 700 new vehicles on the road, of which more than 550
were bought with resources from Roma Capitale. This year another 212 will arrive, including
hybrid buses for ATAC. So, by the end of 2021 there will be 900 new buses in the fleet. No
one has ever made similar investments before us".
 
The key words for the mobility of the future are still sustainability and intermodality?
 
"For the mobility of the future, the need to promote and strengthen intermodality between
different means of environmentally sustainable transport and alternatives to the private car
remains an absolute priority, especially in large cities like Rome. All our mobility policies are
based on a high integration between different forms of transport: on the one hand, the main
rail network, made up of subways and tramways, which is interconnected to an increasingly
widespread surface service, able to reach citizens in the most peripheral areas. On the other
hand, a cycling infrastructure allowing the use of bicycles and micro-mobility means to meet
the demand for short trips or direct to the exchange nodes. Without forgetting the
solutions providing for the integration and technological connection between the different
transport systems: I refer, for example, to the ITS system that today, through the Central
Mobility, allows us to collect and exchange information about the movements in our city in
real time".
 
What are the infrastructural interventions that the Capitoline Administration is carrying
out?
 
"We have chosen to plan the development of the city with kilometers of tram
infrastructure and metropolitan lines, alongside all the interventions related to cycling and
the protection and promotion of pedestrianism. For many of these projects we have already
obtained funding, as in the case of the new tramway on Via Palmiro Togliatti and the Termini-
Tor Vergata LRT. Only a few weeks ago we presented to the Ministry of Transport the
requests for the construction of two other tram lines strategic for the city: the Termini-
Vatican-Aurelio and the Vittorio-Venezia tramway, together with the request to purchase
new trams and trains for the metro lines. We have also sent to the MIT the final project of
the Venice station on the C metro, confirming the guidelines contained in the preliminary
study of the entire Venice-Clodio section, sent to the Ministry last year.
We also continue to expand the bicycle network, after having completed over 40 km of new
routes in the last two years. I kindly remind you that the Pums, adopted by the Capitoline
Assembly in August 2019, provides for 38 km more of the metro network, 58 km of the tram
network and 293 of bike lanes"