The study by The European House – Ambrosetti, in collaboration with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (the Italian National Railway), provides a picture of the reasons why, in Italy, mass transit is not the cornerstone of urban mobility, as is the case in the most successful examples in many European nations.

The Future of Urban Mobility

Mobility is a central aspect of our lives, without which we would not be able to live and work

This study summarizes and organizes the analysis, observations and findings of the research carried out by The European House – Ambrosetti in collaboration with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane. It examines mass transit primarily in terms of individual mobility of people, while remaining cognizant of the other equally important aspect connected with freight and urban logistics.

To understand the “state of health” of mobility in Italy’s metropolitan cities, we developed an innovative index: the The European House - Ambrosetti Urban Mobility Index (UMI). This index provides us with a picture of the gap between cities in the north and those in the south of the country, which shows the latter significantly behind. However, it should be noted that even Italy’s cities that are “best in class” show a marked discrepancy with the most advanced situations: in Milan, which is in first place in the UMI, the level of mass transport is around 48%, five percentage points lower than London and nearly 22 points below Paris.

What, then, must be done? In the position paper we propose a “recipe” for modernization based on three cornerstones:

  1. Upgrade rail transport to provide enhanced integration among the different modes of transport and, unlike the current situation, integrate urban planning and mobility options;
  2. Develop an effective governance model through the creation of local authorities (as is the case in the most advanced cities abroad), which operate in a coordinated way and with uniform criteria throughout the local area;
  3. Undertake major investment in innovation and digitalization to build integrated service platforms that are increasingly “customized” and allow the mass transit system to offer a better travel experience.
The Future of Urban Mobility
Position Paper (It.)
Conceptual Framework (It.)

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