Genoa makes part of its public transport free
With the aim of reducing car traffic, it becomes the first Italian city to try it
Since December 1, all vertical transport and the Genoa metro are free. This is the first time that a large Italian city has tested such a measure and the aim here is to introduce a more sustainable mindset into the mobility choices of residents, urging them to opt for public transport instead. than for their car.
For now, this is an experimental phase, which will be luntil the end of March 2022. The Genoa metro will be free between 10 p.m. and 4 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.. Bus transport is also considered free at certain times of the day.
Speaking of vertical transport, Genoa’s public transport also includes 17 elevators, which take commuters directly from the lower central part of the city to higher neighborhoods. They too will be completely free (without limit of hours), just like the cogwheel train.
Genoa is known for its hilly terrain
The city is characterized by densely populated neighborhoods located in hilly and peripheral areas. Indeed, the whole city lies in a narrow space between the sea and the Apennines, and its population also consists of a high number of aging people. These specific mobility needs are thus met through specific services, of which vertical public transport constitutes an important part.
The start of the experiment is the first step in the revision of the city’s public transport timetables, which can now take place thanks to the implementation of the so-called home-work removal plans drawn up by the Municipality of Genoa and the major companies based in the city.
These plans aim to provide flexible working hours in order to reduce peak hours. This should improve the distribution of passengers, thereby avoiding potential situations of overcrowding as required by anti-Covid restrictions. The experimental period – as well as the possibility of verifying the exact number of passengers continuing to use their vehicles – will make it possible to assess its effects and to understand how and if it should be continued in the future.
“This is a strong initiative, which tries to touch fundamental aspects of public transport. Understanding how free access can change habits and travel is essential for our ability to make decisions on the overhaul of urban mobility ”, explained Marco Beltrami, president of AMT (public transport operator of Genoa).
He continued: “This experiment, which can also be carried out because we now have adequate passenger detection technologies, is original and innovative and places the AMT and the Municipality of Genoa at the forefront in the search for new models of sustainability and attractiveness of passengers. cities.“.