This article considers the process of franchising regional railway services in Italy and the experience of the current operator Trenitalia. Of the three regions tendering currently, only one, Lombardy, has attracted bids from private operators, because it owns its own rolling stock which can be used by the franchisee. Short franchise periods are proving a disincentive to the private sector. The incumbent company Trenitalia would prefer franchising to be operated on a line-by-line basis rather than by region: if it lost a few lines it could make up the loss elsewhere. For the moment the company continues to invest in new rolling stock, including double-deck coaches, to increase capacity as the high-speed network develops. New ticketing systems are being introduced including electronic ticketing and radio frequency identification of valid tickets. Customer priorities such as punctuality, cleanliness and comfort are being addressed.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • KNUTTON, M
  • Publication Date: 2004-12


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 16-7
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  • Accession Number: 00988542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2005 12:00AM