SUMP - Sustainable urban mobility plan

Sustainable mobility
  • 10 Aug, 2021

Genoa, a city in motion – with its port, one of the most important in Europe and the Mediterranean, airport, business, goods moving in a constant flow – it is a dynamic, vital area

Sustainable mobility is a fundamental element for promoting a greater quality of life with the adoption of ecological measures and energy saving. The models to emulate are the European cities that lead the 2020 Smart City Index. It is a vision in tune with the objectives of Genoa, a densely populated city that is completely rethinking its transport system. Especially in view of the large-scale projects in progress, such as the regeneration of the old city centre and the new Outer Breakwater, that will influence its economic and social development considerably. 
The PUMS – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan –is inspired by a new vision that puts the emphasis on the involvement of citizens and stakeholders – businesses, the public, and the logistics and tourism sectors. 

A variety of benefits are expected: by making local public transport (LPT) more attractive and discouraging the excessive use of private cars, it is possible to relieve traffic congestion in key areas of the city, manage traffic flows, and reduce atmospheric emissions and acoustic pollution. The change will have a strong impact on citizens’ habits: this is why communities are at the forefront in finalizing these processes of urban transformation. Genoa is becoming more beautiful, more liveable and more accessible. 

The SUMP is made of different projects involving public and private subjects. 

Four strong axes project
The Four Strong Axes project represents a full-blown public transport revolution
The mostly diesel-fuelled buses used at present are being replaced by all-electric modern green vehicles: a new fleet of 145 new high-tech vehicles rechargeable in a few seconds and capable of transporting more than 150 passengers each in total comfort. 
This technology ensures zero emissions in terms of acoustic and environmental pollution. 
The new infrastructural network that is being created will involve four Strong Axes that have been identified: the Centre Axis, the West Axis, the East Axis and the Val Bisagno Axis
The plan envisages important civil and plant engineering works, the acquisition of rolling stock, the realisation of maintenance hubs and interchange car parks, and the upgrading of the busiest roads. Actions will include the construction of two interchange car parks with 900 spaces next to autostrada exits and new bus shelters and vehicle depots. 
A fifth axis, the Valpolcevera Axis, will be served by 15 next generation electric buses to complete the city-wide distribution of the service. 
The general aim is to transform various areas of the city and make them more liveable by giving over space to bicycle and pedestrian paths. In the space of a few years the project will project Genoa in the same direction as the leading European cities,
creating an efficient service that improves the quality of life.
Investment: 471.6 billion euros
Entry into service: December 2026
Airport-Erzelli people mover
A new system of strategic transport to connect the Cristoforo Colombo airport to the scientific park of Erzelli, a centre of excellence set on a hilltop where high-tech companies have already been installed. Over the next few years, the centre will house the Polytechnic School – with 5,500 students, researchers and academics – and a large new hospital, a future benchmark for health and national research. A single axis will be created to connect the airport, the Erzelli Park and the new Genoa Erzelli/Airport rail station, in a context of environmental sustainability.  
This monorail will be totally automated and will not interfere with ordinary traffic. It will be capable of transporting 4,000 people an hour. 
Investment: 250 million euros
Entry into service: January 2026
Val Bisagno Skytram
An innovative service will connect the area of Brignole, in the west of Genoa, to Molassana, to reinforce a fundamental road axis. The Val Bisagno Skytram is an overhead dual-track metro line and will be fuelled from a third rail to avoid the nuisance of aerial electricity cables. 
The project envisages 8 stations, at a distance of 800 metres one from another, and the line will cover a total distance of 6.5 km. The line will give rise to a new fast, safe way of travelling. Each tram will have a seating capacity of 280 and will be able to cover the whole return journey in 27 minutes, in what is currently one of the most congested areas in the city.  
Investment: 576.6 million euros
Entry into service: October 2026
Completion of the metro and cycle paths

The Genoa metro currently has a single line, about 7 km long with 8 stations. Under the SUMP it will be lengthened by 500 metres and two new stations will be built: The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2025. 

The city’s cycle paths currently cover a distance of about 36 km, of which 23 are exclusively reserved to bicycles.

The total distance of cycle lanes and paths will be lengthened to 70 km on all the main road axes and in the valleys of the hinterland, in accordance with European, national, reginal and metropolitan planning.  

These routes are designed to integrate with other infrastructure, such as interchange car parks, cycle stations, service hubs, and electric recharging points. 


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