HISTORY OF THE BOLOGNA METRO
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The Marconi Express is a monorail line in Bologna, Italy. At 5.095 kilometres (3.2 mi) in length, it links Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport to Bologna Centrale railway station, with an intermediate station and depot at Lazzaretto and a travel time of 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
The monorail trains have been provided by Intamin Transportation. The three trainsets are each capable of carrying up to 48 passengers. The coordinated design of the infrastructure was carried out by the engineering companies MATE Engineering and STS of Bologna, while the architectural design is by Massimo Iosa Ghini.
Building works have been completed in 2018 and the line was scheduled to start operating on March 7, 2020. However, the date of inauguration was subsequently postponed. The line is open to public service since November 18, 2020.
The 3 current trainsets operating on Marconi Express allow for a maximum transport capacity of 576 passengers per hour per direction on the line. The current design of the infrastructure allow for up to 4 trainsets to operate on the line at the same time.
The system consists of an elevated monorail, supported by 125 pre-made concrete pylons, 5,2 to 18 meters high, 35-40 meters apart from each other.
The monorail overpasses Autostrada A14 and Tangenziale di Bologna with a 90-100 meters-long, single-span bridge. It also overpasses the Reno river and the Padua–Bologna railway, while it overpasses the high speed railway link from the Padua-Bologna railway to Bologna's underground high speed railway station.
The route starts from Bologna Centrale railway station, where the former platforms 12-15 were located, next to via dei Carracci; after 5,095 km it reaches the opposite terminus, at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport. The total travel time is about 7 minutes and 20 seconds, while the former Aerobus shuttle bus required 18-23 minutes.
MARCONI EXPRESS SPA
is a special purpose company created to build and manage fast mass traffic between Marconi Airport and the city of Bologna. The company, which includes Consorzio Integra Società Cooperativa (75%) and TPER - Emilia-Romagna Passenger Transport (25%), was established in 2010 as a concessionaire for the construction of a project to finance the works announced by the municipality in 2008. The duration of the concession is 40 years since June 2009, when the Concession Convention was signed.
Bologna: routes for the Marconi Express People Mover are ready. Moving from construction to completed
People Mover of Bologna is an automatic viaduct movement for a direct connection between the J. Marconi airport and the Central railway station with an intermediate stop in the Lazzaretto sector (travel time between the two final stops is about 7.5 minutes).