Urban plan for sustainable mobility (PUMS) in the city of Verona

Mobility and Intermodality

Country

Italy

Location

Verona

Purpose of provision

Urban sustainable mobility plan

Project overview

The city of Verona, with its 258,000 inhabitants, is a strategic junction of the most important national infrastructures (A4, A22, Milan-Venice HS/HC railway line, Brenner line, and Bologna-Verona line) as well as home to Interporto Quadrante Europa, among the most important European freight villages. Fifth largest tourist city nationwide, its historic center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. The difficulties of LPT and the overwhelming power of cars are easily understood by reading Verona's modal split: for municipal travel, private cars are much preferred (60%). In line with the sustainability policies of European cities, Verona, too, wants to ferry its mobility toward promoting truly environmentally sustainable travel. The preparation of the multimodal model of urban mobility made it possible to evaluate and compare the most effective actions, configuring two project scenarios to 2025 and 2030. The analyses conducted and participation well highlighted the importance of setting up a new metropolitan rail service organized on existing stops and new stops at major attractive poles and the need for fast connections between Catullo Airport, the Fair and Verona Porta Nuova station. The PUMS has proposed intermodal hubs defined on the basis of the new LPT network reorganized on the basis of the planned route of the new trolleybus network, so as to intercept part of the systematic incoming traffic to Verona at the edge of the city, decongesting the central area and promoting modal diversion between car-bus-bicycle. It has also identified some squares to be pedestrianized and proposes a Controlled Accessibility Area with road pricing interventions in the Old Town. Special attention is paid to cycling: the Biciplan defines 24 new bicycle routes and 10 new Zone 30s. The PUMS was adopted by the City Council on October 22, 2020.

Services

  • Public and private mobility surveys with traffic flow counts and online citizen interviews(more than 3,000 interviews)
  • Implementation and development of a multimodal macromodel simulation;
  • Definition of Plan actions, simulation and comparative evaluation of project scenarios using indicators;
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (VincA);
  • Organization and management of public participation processes (participatory workshops)