Interventions to strengthen the railway offer and interventions to strengthen regional and interregional public transport services

The policies for efficient and sustainable mobility that Apulia Region intends to promote in the present programming cycle are aimed at accelerating the evolution of local communities towards sustainable development, social cohesion and competitiveness of the local productive system. The proposed actions are based on the infrastructural structure of the regional transport system, achieved thanks to the interventions of the programming cycle that is about to close. They are already showing first results, for example in the rail sector, where the renewal of equipment and technology, together with the expansion of rolling stock, has made a major contribution to the growth in demand met by regional rail transport, which has increased by an average of 10% in recent years.

The basic objective of this strategy, in line with European and national guidelines and in continuity with the previous programming cycle, is the completion and improvement of a regional network for the transport of passengers and goods based on co-modality (use of the combination of means that guarantee the most efficient and, therefore, also more environmentally sustainable travel conditions) and integration. Integration, in particular, concerns several aspects: integration between infrastructures and between services of different systems or rank, but also landscape integration, aiming at solutions that not only avoid damage to the renowned Apulian landscape but offer a significant contribution to its enhancement.