Mobility, in Rome 55% of public transport is electrified

800 bus euro 3 and only the 55% of electrified public transport: this is the result that emerged from the new monitoring carried out by the collaboration between Legambiente and Motus-E in the context of “CittàMEZ”. After having photographed the current situation relating to the transition towards zero-emission mobility in Milan, which has been awarded the title of Italian capital of green mobility, it is the turn of Roma.

The two companies carried out a mapping of the zero-emission mobility in the provincial capitals and, not surprisingly, the Motus-E Vademecum aims to provide useful elements for a better planning of the structuring of a electric tpl system.

The “CittàMEZ” monitoring of the Capital shows that every Roman inhabitant has 57 cars per kilometer, while the local public transport on rails of the capital is electrified for 55%. Although the Municipality of Rome has recently announced the arrival of 900 new buses, including diesel, methane and hybrids, the transport agency of the Municipality of Rome (ATAC), has 25 electric minibuses on duty, and some hybrid buses euro 6.

200 electric buses have been announced with PNRR funds, which may be a start, but it is not enough to give a quick boost to the Roman mobility system. From the ACI 2020 data, 3,651 euro4 and earlier buses circulate in Rome, including 800 Atac euro3 buses which in 2023 will all be over 15 years old. These cars need to retire as soon as possible, and all need to be replaced with thousands, not hundreds of electric vehicles, says Andrea Poggio, Legambiente’s mobility manager.

Definitely better theservice offer of sharing mobility of the capital. If the number of electric scooters is considered positive, the number of electric cars still remains quite bass. According to what emerged from the monitoring of Legambiente and Motus-E, the motorization rate of the capital is equal to 63 cars for every 100 inhabitants, a figure considered high when compared to the city of Milan whose motorization rate is 49 cars per 100 inhabitants, 46 in Madrid, 31 in London, and 25 in Paris.

It is no coincidence, therefore, that Rome records a high pollution rate which causes significant social costs of approximately 1,600 euros per capita per year, to which is added a high number of road fatalities.

For forty years we have been waiting for the pedestrianization of the Imperial Forums and the Colosseum, large areas with limited access even outside the historic center, and low-emission areas to prevent polluting vehicles from traveling. But today it is also urgent, and less expensive, to implement ambitious policies for the redesign of streets and urban public space, such as the Grab, such as the establishment of hundreds of kilometers of roads 20 and 30, cycle paths for bicycles and scooters, areas school without a car, declared the President of Legambiente Lazio Roberto Scacchi.

As for theelectrification of private cars of Rome, a figure emerges equal to 0.4% of electric cars and motorcycles in circulation which is double the national average of 0.2%. In this perspective, the number of columns, 788 throughout the province, and public recharging points, 1,514 throughout the province, however, it needs a significant increase.

For the next few years it is necessary to transform Rome and for the better, for it to happen a new and very strong impulse to policies for a zero-emission city will be essential, and this will be one of the pillars for the environment to be at the center of the idea of ​​the future of the Capital, added Roberto Scacchi president of Legambiente Lazio.

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