The railway station and the bus station in Bologna are the main accesses from and to the metropolitan city and, at the same time, also from and to the historical city. The two stations, strongly connected from the spatial point of view (they are almost opposite one another) and the functional point of view (they set in movement millions of passengers every year), in the next few years will be reconfigured to respond to changes in the demands of the metropolitan city.

Situated in an area of 180,000 square metres, Bologna railway station will be the nerve centre of an international transport network, involving daily movement of over 800 trains and about 180,000 passengers. The station will be renewed in three stages: completion of the high-speed track and of the high-speed underground station with connected laying out of the accesses to the north (Via Carracci); restyling of the historical station in Piazza Medaglia d'Oro della Resistenza; and finally the creation of the New Station complex on a project by Arata Isozaki (awaiting financing).

Data High-speed Station
> Surface area: 77.500 m²
> General investment: € 530.000.000 (Gruppo FS Italiane)
Dati Restyiling stazione storica
> Surface area: circa 12.000 m²
> General investment exstimated: circa € 14.000.000 (Grandi Stazioni e Rete Ferroviaria Italiana)

The "Autostazione" bus station in Bologna is the place in which the national and international lines of the public transport on tyres meet, with about 4 million passengers a year. In 2014 began renewal and valorisation of the structure of the "Autostazione" in order to create a modern hub for passenger transport exchange. There are plans to renew the functional performances of the terminal, to increase the attractiveness of the commercial services provided inside the main building, and to improve the public space surrounding the area with particular attention to accesses and pedestrian routes. The architectural elements of the buildings will be preserved and valorised.

Data Bus Station
> Useful area: 16.000 m²
> General investment exstimated: circa € 8.000.000 (Autostazione Srl)

To connect the Station Pole with the Airport, a new automatic shuttle, the "People Mover" has been planned. The technical project is approved, the economic business plan is still under development.


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