Padua officials are optimistic about the development of the tram project
The city’s mayor is awaiting approval for funding from the European Recovery Plan
Today, May 10th, representatives from the City of Padua held a press conference to bring the much-anticipated news ahead of time. The city’s mayor, Sergio Giordani, reported that the planned expansion of the city’s tram network is expected to be approved by Brussels in June for funding from the EU economic recovery plan. This would push the construction of the SIR 2 and SIR 3 lines forward and hopefully be completed in 2026.
The project would require around 335 million euros
Padua already has a tram line (known as SIR 1) that runs north to south through the old town and the central train station. This station is intended to act as the nerve center of the proposed network (called SMART – Sistema Metropolitana A Rete Tranviaria).
When completed, it will have 8 color-coded lines that will allow commuters to travel around the city and reach even the most distant endpoints without changing and changing between trams. This was possible after a careful examination of the passenger flows by experts.
The new system provides for the use of 55 vehicles that can handle up to 450 journeys per day and move up to 12,000 people per hour.
The city will have 8 transport lines marked by so many colors:
- Pontevigodarzere-Guizza (pink line)
- Rubano-Vigonza (blue line)
- Rubano-San Lazzaro (purple line)
- Voltabarozzo-Vigonza (blue line)
- Voltabarozzo-San Lazzaro (yellow line)
- Pontevigodarzere-Voltabarozzo (orange line)
- Guizza-Vigonza (red line)
- Guizza-San Lazzaro (green line)
SMART will make it possible to cut the time to enter the city by up to 25% by connecting the strategic poles of the urban area: hospitals, new police headquarters, historic center, university building, court, train station and bus station for suburban services.
On Friday, January 15th, the feasibility study of the project was submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for approval.