More sustainable and comfortable mobility is at the heart of FS Italiane Group's commitment to re-launch commuter rail transport in the name of innovation. A real revolution is now coming: in 2019 the new Rock and Pop trains will be added to the Vivalto, Jazz, and Swing which, together with the Minuetto, transport millions of Italians every day to school, work and on leisure trips.
The novelties are immediately perceived on board the Rock and Pop trains. Thanks to high safety standards and technical reliability, these trains offer a new travel experience, also enriched thanks to multimedia support designed for passengers.
The new regional train fleets - Rock produced by Hitachi Rail Italy and Pop produced by Alstom - make up the total supply of about 500 new trains. The contract, worth over € 4.3 billion in its economic value and number of trains, is unprecedented in Italy. By 2021, these trains will replace 70% of the regional fleet and will guarantee commuters more comfortable trips, in line with their mobility needs. The regional rail transport revolution was further confirmed by the tender for 135 new diesel-electric trains.
Beginning in October 2017, the #lamusicastacambiando Trenitalia roadshow is bringing full scale 1:1 models of the two new trains to some main Italian squares. Inside the Rock train you'll be able to visit the cockpit, as well as test the new seats; Pop trains can be configured, through special software, with colours and equipment according to the tastes and needs of commuting customers.
The first samples of Rock and Pop trains are already undergoing technical-dynamic tests on the special Velim railway circuit (Czech Republic), equipped with special technology. These are tests and trials necessary for the approval of each new train before it can actually enter service. Finally, the first new Rock and Pop trains will be presented in a world premiere at InnoTrans 2018, the prestigious international fair dedicated to the world of transport, scheduled for Berlin from the 18th to the 21st of September 2018.