Goals and territorial contest:
The InGE (Intermodal node Genoa Erzelli) project contributes to a broader infrastructure intervention concerning the design and realization of a monorail link between the future intermodal hub of Genoa Erzelli and the district of Erzelli.
The Erzelli intermodal node consists of an important interchange hub connecting the regional railway network (through the realization of the new railway station named Genoa Erzelli- Aeroporto), the Genoa airport, the local public transport system (including a bus station for urban and suburban lines), a parking area and the district of Erzelli (through the mentioned monorail).
The district of Erzelli, located on the Erzelli hill, is an urban project currently under development aiming at becoming Genoa's science technology park, thanks to the presence of Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genoa, high-tech companies, a hospital, residential areas and other facilities.
The master plan of the district of Erzelli is currently under elaboration and foresees the relocation of the Faculty of Engineering by 2024; in particular it will provide all the elements to fine-tune the transport demand and, therefore, the most suitable transport and mobility services to be designed.
In this context InGE will develop a MaaS (Mobility as a Service) concept around the future Erzelli node. MaaS is the integration of various forms of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand. To meet a customer’s request, a MaaS operator makes available different options of transport: public transport, ride, car or bikesharing, taxi or car rental/lease, or a combination thereof. For the user, MaaS can for instance propose the use of a single application to provide access to mobility, with a single payment channel instead of multiple ticketing and payment operations.
In particular INGE will develop the following actions:
• validation of the technical and operational design concerning the monorail solution, taking into account its integration with the other expected and foreseen transport services around the node and the master plan of the district of Erzelli;
• design of MaaS services for the Erzelli node, potentially extensible to the urban context;
• elaboration of solutions and design of ICT services, with a specific focus on safety, security and accessibility to transport infrastructures.
The final output of InGE will be some specific guidelines for the deployment of the MaaS services; these guidelines will include technical specifications to launch a tender in order to select the future MaaS operator.
InGE will contribute to improve the overall benefits deriving from the realisation of the new monorail link, with a significant impact for the City of Genoa and the south section of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. The solutions designed within InGE will radically improve intermodality within the urban node, reducing the journey time between the long-distance terminals, the district of Erzelli and the main urban and periurban areas accessible by road, thus reducing traffic congestion, pollution and other negative externalities linked to transport.