On 18 April, the presentation of an experimental cross-border single ticket to travel on the vehicles of two public transport operators between the cities of Trieste and Ljubljana was opened at the CEI HQ by CEI Secretary General, Roberto Antonione.
Thanks to the collaboration of the two operators - Trieste Trasporti and Slovenske Železnice (Slovenian Railways) - citizens can buy their integrated ticket online at an economical rate and travel between the two cities without interruption using the railway station of Villa Opicina as an interchange hub between the two means of transport.
The initiative - part of the EU project CONNECT2CE led by the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) and funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) / Interreg Program Central Europe 2014-2020 - started in early March and will be tested until the end of August 2019.
In his intervention, the Regional Minister for Infrastructure and Territory, Graziano Pizzimenti thanked the CEI-ES for delivering tangible results through the pilot activities regarding the new intermodal solution between Trieste and Ljubljana.
The dissemination event, was complimented by a round table on the theme "Results and challenges of promoting public transport in a cross-border dimension" moderated by CEI Project Manager, Paolo Dileno.
CONNECT2CE aims at improving the accessibility of public transport in peripheral, rural and cross-border areas of Central Europe in three macro areas: improvement of connectivity between border areas; promotion of the use of integrated ticketing and pricing solutions; development of innovative ICT systems dedicated to passengers.
The CEI-ES, is responsible for the pilot action and has promoted and coordinated the activities of a cross-border technical table. In addition to the two operators (Trieste Trasporti and Slovenian Railways), the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Trenitalia - FVG Department, Italian Railway Network and Trieste Municipality are also involved.
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Graziano Pizzimenti, Regional Minister for Infrastructure Friuli Venezia Giulia Region; Roberto Gerin, Director - Trieste Trasporti; Elisa Nannetti, Director of Trenitalia - Passenger Division FVG; Maurizio Ionico, Director of Ferrovie Udine Cividale; Giulio Bernetti, Manager of Territorial Planning Service, Enhancement of Old Port, Mobility and Traffic, Municipality of Trieste; Carlo Fortuna, EGTC Director Euregio Senza Confini; Alessandro Puhali , EGTC Assembly Member, and Tito Stefanelli, Transportation Consultant, TRT Trasporti e Territorio Srl.