The Italian High Speed is 10 years old #10anniav
With 40 million passengers traveling on Italian railways every year, high speed represents, as far as logistics is concerned, the largest infrastructure project from the post-war period to today. In its first 10 years this transport system has “revolutionized the journey and lifestyle of people” and has proved to be a success in many respects: it has contributed to the increase in GDP, created new jobs, increased tourism and has played an important role in stimulating the real estate market in urban centers, without forgetting the important effect on environmental sustainability, thanks to an important reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Last June 2019 3rd the CEO of FS Italian Gianfranco Battisti, Maurizio Gentile of Rete Ferroviaria, Orazio Iacono of Trenitalia and Aldo Isi of Italferr invited the public and the press to the Central Station of Milan to celebrate the event retracing the successes achieved since 2009 to today.
“The key words of the new Trenitalia season are quality, dynamism, capitality, personalization, digital, tourism and new fleet (in particular new regional trains, an exceptional investment)”, says Iacono.
7 thousand connections a day, a train leaving every 12 seconds, 190 new stops to increase connections between cities and stimulate seasonal tourism, 1.000 km currently dedicated to high speed and 600 new regional trains arriving, of which 106 are already quests ‘year. These are some of the numbers that emerged during the event that concretely demonstrate the results obtained and the commitments made for the future.
A place of honor is reserved for the Frecce sector, interpreters of high speed in Italy. The new Frecciargento ETR 700 connects Giungo Milan and Ancona as part of a broader plan to strengthen connections with the Adriatic front, while the Frecciarossa ETR 500 will be in service to reach 30 years of service in 2020.
The design of the first in the Frecce family began in 1983 with an initiative organized by Ansaldo, Breda (now Hitachirail), Fiat Ferroviaria, ABB Tecnomasio and Firema Trasporti: the ambition to bring rail transport into the new millennium. In 2008, with the inauguration of the Milan-Bologna high-speed line, the ETR 500 was renamed “Frecciarossa”.
Among the most important innovations concerning these vehicles, those that until 2012 were restaurant carriages have become Bistrot cars, equipped with a spacious bar area complete with kitchen, and an area reserved for seating. The project and the implementation of the CATERING EQUIPMENT were completely entrusted to MULTI RAIL, which took care of the entire preparation of the bar and galley area: cooking area, cold rooms, washing and preparation area.
Trenitalia celebrates 10 years of high speed by retracing the successes achieved and presenting the upcoming news
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