Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The city lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains. It is home to the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088. The city has a population of around 375,000 inhabitants, extending to 1 million over the greater Bologna area.
Bologna is the main rail and highway junction in Italy and has a fast-growing, international Airport. Bologna's future plans include large investments over the next several years to expand the airport and to build a new train station with high speed tracks, tram lines that will run partially underground, a suburban railway network and an elevated monorail connecting the train station to the airport.
The Municipal Town Council approved the new Urban Transport Master Plan (PGTU) in 2007. The plan addresses the main transport issues (pollution, accidents, congestion) affecting the daily life of citizens. The overriding goal of the PGTU is to improve quality of life, through sustainable mobility and improved accessibility. Measures focus on increasing public transport and cycle lanes, while safeguarding the most valuable environmental and architectural zones.
Bologna was engaged in the TIDE project on urban transport innovation. This short movie shows their achievements in the project.