Public tramline offers healthy competition to private transport

A major new tramline is under construction in Calabria, in southern Italy. Comprising 11 km of track, it connects the city of Cosenza with the neighbouring town of Rende.

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Planners believe the new line will encourage significant numbers of local people to shift to public transport, in an urban area where the private car remains the most popular means of travel.

Serving over 100 000 people

The tramline starts in Cosenza, a city with a population of some 70 000. It then heads north-west to the town of Rende, whose permanent population is roughly half as large. The line ends at the Rende University Campus Arcavacata, part of the University of Calabria, a public institution established in 1972.

Co-funded by the EU, the project has a target population of 105 000. It is expected to create around 850 direct jobs during the implementation phase. The project beneficiary is Regione Calabria, Assessorato Lavori Pubblici.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Sistema di collegamento metropolitano tra Cosenza Rende e Università della Calabria” is EUR 160 000 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund EUR 108 187 120 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. It comes under the financing priority “Transport and mobility networks” of the “Operational Programme Calabria 2007-2013”.

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