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From infrastructure to service: mapping long-distance passenger transport in Italy

Paolo Beria, Andrea Debernardi, Raffaele Grimaldi, Emanuele Ferrara, Antonio Laurino and Alberto Bertolin

Journal of Maps, 2016, vol. 12, issue 4, 659-667

Abstract: In order to promote an effective level of coordination between physical investments, technology and soft policies in transport planning, a deep knowledge of supply and demand is desirable, if not necessary. Unlike other countries, the national scale of supply and demand for the Italian transport systems as a whole is barely known and in the case of long-distance mobility, there is not a unique quantitative and geographical description available. In this paper, we present a map regarding the Italian long-distance transport supply and generalised cost simulations, for the period 2013--2014. The information shown in the map comes from a multimodal transport model, which presents the peculiarity of using real public service timetables to simulate the entirety of the Italian long-distance transport industry. This tool enables one to map the entire transport supply and to estimate the generalised costs among any route: this also allows one to identify which transport mode is better suited to make a specific trip.

Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2015.1060179

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