State-owned operator FS Italiane has reached an agreement with Banca Etica to redevelop around 450 unstaffed stations as well as disused railway lines for community use.
The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding to finance and implement the “environmental and cultural projects” on March 26. No further details were released at this point.
The agreement was signed by FS Italiane CEO Renato Mazzoncini and Banca Etica general manager Alessandro Messina.
Mazzoncini said (Translated from Italian): “In fact, railway stations are no longer just places where journeys begin or end.
“It is therefore essential to improve the efficiency, value and integration with the city of railway stations, both large and medium/small, to make them an attraction and service pole for the territory and not only efficient transport hubs.
“And by developing social and environmental sustainability projects, the FS Italiane Group wants to facilitate and encourage, also through loan of use, associative activities of the third sector and the non-profit world.”