“a key element for sustainable mobility in the Florence metropolitan area”

BUS RAPID TRANSIT OF THE Metropolitan City of Florence


Province of Florence


February – July 2021

Amount of works

Poggibonsi / Osmannoro line
60.3 M€

Greve in Chianti / Firenze Rovezzano line
32.35 M€


Città Metropolitana di Firenze

Service provided

Technical Economical Feasibility Project


The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) proposal elaborated by NET Engineering for the Metropolitan City of Florence has been developed to convert the methodological, strategic and analytical framework of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan into an extra-urban transport service that is consistent with the needs of the territory, effective in terms of offer, resilient as it is able to respond to even sudden changes in the context, and efficient in relation to the costs of the initiative, also in consideration of the numerous constraints of the area.

The project plans to build two lines: the Poggibonsi-Osmannoro line, later extended to the Guidoni terminal, and the Greve in Chianti-Florence Rovezzano line. The project is a significant innovation in the rapidly changing landscape of public transport, representing one of the first international experiences in the application of electric buses over long distances in morphologically complex contexts (hilly areas).

The project is a fundamental part of the process by which the Metropolitan City of Florence applies sustainable mobility planning as a tool for managing the transformation of the urban and metropolitan area, investigating the response to the demand for mobility from the point of view of economic and financial sustainability, supporting the sharing of initiatives through public engagement processes, and exasperating the integration with the existing network in terms of services, infrastructures, business models, user information (MaaS), technology (Smartness), rolling stock, maintenance and management experience.

Aiming to become a best practice in the national transport panorama, the project was developed by reaching an important and refined level of detail that includes the configuration of the routes, the choice of rolling stock and the connection with the adduction network, the position, layout and equipment of the stops, increasing the effectiveness of the mobility centres. In order to better respond to the estimated demand for mobility at different time horizons NET Engineering adopted a multi-modal transport model that assessed the effectiveness of the project alternatives and supported, according to appropriate indicators, the definition of the final layout.

Based on its extensive knowledge of the context and project details, NET Engineering also supported the client in the start-up of the project communication process, studying and developing logo proposals.

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