Italian Railways Back in Service

Since May 18, the national railway operator Trenitalia, which is part of the Italian State Railways holding (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane), has been making more than 4.4 thousand regional train departures, which is 64% of the number available before the pandemic. 

Also from this day, Trenitalia restored 20 Freccerossa high-speed service routes in the schedule, increasing the number of daily high-speed trains to 38, of which 16 are intercity. This was reported on the company’s website.

The operator also plans to open a new Frecciarossa high-speed service between Turin and Reggio Calabria on June 3. There are two trains per day.

Trenitalia provides Frecciarossa and Frecciargento high-speed train passengers with safety kits. These include a mask, hand sanitizer gel, gloves and a disposable headrest cover.

Private Italian railway operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) has resumed train service between 16 Italian cities since May 21. During severe restrictions, NTV operated only one flight per day between Rome and Venice. 

Starting June 3, the company also plans to restore service on several more routes. The operator obliges passengers to wear face masks and provides a social distance between them.

Director General of the national operator Italian State Railways (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, FS) Gianfranco Battisti said the company had earlier declared that it intends to invest 20 billion euros in infrastructure development. 

The day after the announcement of his statement, the FS board of directors approved raising borrowed funds of up to 1.78 billion euros through the issuance of bonds and the use of other instruments. (Gudok.ru)

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