Contest: Rome / 2010
By: D. C. D'Agostino / E. Papa

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Area of intervention The project is located in the central section of the Tiber river and aims at the renewal of the river banks with the insertion of a Personal Rapid Transit infrastructure. The project area include the riverbank of Tiber from Rome Transtevere RFI station to Piazza del Popolo, an area where main touristic and leisure attractions are located. The intervention area is actually no used by the city users and residents and constitute itself a strong barrier in the heart of the historic city. 
Goals The project proposes a transit oriented renewal of the riverbank, with the objective of reconnecting and sewing east and western city centers. Besides the new innovative transport infrastructure in the true heart of the city is a symbol of the passage from the historical to the future city.The futuristic and elevated transit solution of the riverbanks will revitalize an abandoned segment of the city center and will stimulate new mobility behaviors. The tourists and city users will travel in glazed PRT vehicles reaching the main destinations of the ancient Rome and enjoying a wonderful view on the historic city.The main goals of the project are:

-        To stimulate sustainable mobility behaviors in the historic city centre.

-        To revitalize the abandoned river bank in the centre

-        To “guide” and “travel” Rome residents and tourists towards a new prospective for living and seeing the ancient city.



General project description The project develops a car-free and a pedestrian-friendly environment along the river banks with the construction of a public transport system powered by alternative energy sources.The Tiber PRT is a personal automated transport system, a public transportation system comprising small, automated vehicles on a network of specially-built guide ways along the riverbanks. Tiber PRT systems offer a point-to-point service in several station located in the major touristic attraction of the city centre (as Circo Massimo, Isola Tiberina, Castel Sant’Angelo)  and is designed to make a nonstop journey to the destination individual users have selected, and bypass intermediate stations, which are on separate tracks, running parallel to the main track and accessed via switches and offer faster end-to-end journey times than other forms of transit.The elevated dedicated guide ways are located along the two riverbanks, at 10 meters over the streets level.

Stations are close together, and located on side tracks so that through traffic can bypass vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers and connects with elevators the three mobility stages: pedestrian environment at the water level, traffic and pedestrian environment at the street level and elevated transit level.

Two different typology of station are proposed:

-        Main station: are constituted by a “column” shape building with a steel and glass structure. In main stations edifices also restaurants and shopping area are located and at the top level is situated a green panoramic terrace, where tourists and PTR travelers can enjoy beautiful views on the river.

-        PRT stops: are simple steel and glass structures mainly made by an elevator that connects the PTR vehicles and the pedestrian and bike pathways at the river level.

Tiber PRT consist of small very light four passenger vehicles, running on elevated guide ways fixed at the riverbank, under computer control.

Tiber PRT vehicles are powered by electricity and  uses on-board batteries, recharged at stops. This increases the safety, and reduces the complexity, cost and maintenance of the guide ways. As a result, Tiber PRT guideways resembles a sidewalk with curbs and is very inexpensive to construct.



Environmental issues and energy efficency Personal Rapid Transit is most energy efficient urban mass transit system that has been devised and uses less than one third the energy per passenger mile of automobiles and public transit.PTR is an urban eco-technology itself, as produces no pollution at the point of use as it is completely powered by electricity. 





Time: 16 marzo 2010
Category: Rome
Views: 3300 Likes: 1

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