“a sustainable response to the mobility needs of the Bologna metropolitan area”
Metropolitana area of Bologna
Route S.Vitale: 35,7 Million €
Route S.Donato: 28,5 Million €
Città Metropolitana di Bologna
Technical-Economic Feasibility Project for the BRT of the S.Donato and S.Vitale routes
In JV with engineer Andrea Spinosa and another professional, NET Engineering has been assigned the technical and economic feasibility project for the suburban BRT lines on the “San Donato” (Bologna-Baricella) and “San Vitale” (Bologna-Medicina) routes, by the Metropolitan City of Bologna, which is beneficiary of ministerial funding for interventions in mass rapid transport with fixed installations.
The BRT system called “Metrobus” is part of the objectives and actions set by the Urban Plan for Sustainable Mobility of Bologna. In the current understanding, the sustainability of a project is assessed not only on the basis of purely environmental issues, but also in terms of economic and financial sustainability, the ability to share with stakeholders, integration with the existing network in terms of services and infrastructure (interchanges), but also business models (OSP and non-OSP services, MaaS), user information (MaaS), technology (Smartness), maintenance and management experience.
In this sense, a system design process was adopted, taking into account all the elements and mutual interrelationships that influenced the design choices, both strategic, tactical and operational. From a methodological point of view, this design process included:
Design choices such as the configuration of the routes and the identification of the rolling stock are part of a recursive design process that has taken into consideration the position, the layout, the equipment of the stops, the coherent connection with the adduction network and the increase in efficiency of the Mobility Centres and/or other intermodal nodes.
This vast and complex “package” of project actions was clearly developed in response to the mobility demand needs estimated at different time horizons, according to a multimodal transport model that assessed the effectiveness of the project alternatives and supported, according to appropriate indicators, the definition of the final layout. Detailed simulation tools have then corroborated the technical choices, both geometric-functional and of traffic light regulation, with the aim of refining the analyses both in terms of travel time and “robustness” of the Metrobus operating model, and in terms of impact on vehicle mobility.