RRP: green light for funds for purchasing green means of transport

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3.6 billion euros expected for subways, trolley buses and tramways and 836 million euros for regional railways

Green light to funds of 3.6 billion euros in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (RPP) for action to develop and promote rapid mass transport systems (subways, trolley buses and tramways) and 836 millions set aside for the development of regional railways. The schemes outlined in two decrees issued by the Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, have been approved by the State-Regions Conference and the Unified Conference. The latter also gave the go-ahead for funds totalling 1.3 billion euros for metropolitan cities and municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants for the purchase of non-polluting buses and vehicles.

As regards the other local public transport decrees, 185 million euros will be set aside for extraordinary maintenance of rapid mass transit systems. The provision of 450 million euros for additional local public transport services was also approved in order to meet new needs arising from the pandemic crisis, and 700 million euros as compensation for lower tariff revenues registered over the last two years because of the health emergency.

In particular, the draft decree for upgrading subways, trolleybuses and tramways shares out the 3.6 billion euros total into 2.2 billion euros for new interventions in the sector – 1.2 billion in Central-Northern Italy and one billion in the South – and 1.4 billion euros for interventions already funded through current legislation (673 millions for Central-Northern -Italy and 726 million in the South). Local Councils and other beneficiaries of these funds undertake to complete work projects by 2026.

The sum of 936 million euros envisaged in Plan to upgrade regional lines is divided into 836 million euros for the draft decree for regional railways and one hundred million euros for the Planning Agreement between the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility (Mims) and the Italian railway networks.

Tasks must be carried out in full respect of the time schedule defined in the RRP, ensuring compliance with the principles of not causing significant damage to the environment and contributing to the ecological and digital transition. Lastly, the Unified Conference approved the decree extending the adoption of urban sustainable mobility plans (Pums) from 4 August 2021 to 1 January 2023.