Improving Public Transport by Rail: the Case of Public Transport by Train in Calabria, Italy



Improving Public Transport by Rail: the Case of Public Transport by Train in Calabria, Italy

Authors

F Cirianni, D IannĂ²,University of Reggio Calabria, IT; S Marazzita, Ferrovie della Calabria s.r.l., IT

Description

Ferrovie della Calabria is the concessionaire of regional rail and bus transport in the area of Calabria. A new management and a new transport approach, oriented to improving the level of service, and to modernize the system.

Abstract

The company Ferrovie della Calabria is the concessionaire of regional rail and bus transport in the area of Calabria, southern Italy, serving often as sole public transport link between many small towns and villages and the main cities, and the interchanges for the national rail network, with a significant modal share for school and work trips
The company, which previously was publicly managed, is on route to become a PLC company, whose property is still state owned.
The company which started as a railway company at the beginning of the last century, converted many routes to road transport during the fifties and sixties, but never abandoning completely its original rail service, still at the date owning and operating a service on track gauges of 950 mm on a total of 231 km of track, in a variety of terrains and conditions, so that rack and adhesion stretches with significant inclines are simultaneously taken into account.
A new management and a new transport approach, oriented to improving the level of service, and to modernize a system which was not corresponding in its formal and functional aspects, persuing the core transport mode of the company, on the assumption that regional rail traffic pursues the aim of connecting urban and suburban destinations comfortably, with a strong alternative to congested roads using it own infrastructure.
In addition to an intact infrastructure, comfortable and cost-favourable vehicles are a vital prerequisite for the acceptance and use of regional traffic as an alternative to the car.
This as led to an investment for the renewal of the rail fleet, The upgrading of the rolling stock is based on a modular vehicle concept to optimally meet the various requirements in terms of track gauge, structural clearance and transport capacity
The service strategy implies instead on the adaptation of timetables to user needs, implementation of a new approach of punctuality, modernization of the company image and improvement of information and customer service
The paper will present a description of the existing situation, the different actions derived from the strategies for change, the implementation of these actions and the first results obtained.

Publisher

Association for European Transport