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25 September 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 07:52 GMT+2

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Port of Taranto, experimentation of rail transport in magnetic levitation

Agreement between MIMS, Region, RFI, FSI and AdSP

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Mobility Sustainable, the Puglia Region, Italian Railway Network (RFI), Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and the System Authority Port of the Ionian Sea signed yesterday a protocol in agreement with the aim of developing and testing technologies of advanced transport in the railway sector able to speed up the mobility systems, lower travel times and reduce the environmental impact of transport, including through the use of renewable energy sources. In particular, the agreement provides for the study and experimentation in rail transport of systems magnetic levitation, both in overlap with infrastructures existing, and by creating new infrastructures that would allow transport of goods and people at very high speed.

The project involves the carrying out of feasibility studies advanced for the use in rail transport of technologies a magnetic levitation, the development of feasibility projects first phase technical-economic and the realization of prototypes. The signatory parties undertake to activate a procedure of 'innovation partnership' (as defined in Article 65 of the Procurement Code) for the identification of one or more economic operators who meet the necessary requirements to implement the project and to make available four million euros (of which 1.8 million from the Puglia Region, a further 1.8 million from RFI and 400,000 euros from the Port System Authority) to cover the costs of the different phases up to the realization of prototypes and the field experimentation.

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