Messina, 14 December 2020
Two new Pop trains have been consigned by Trenitalia (FS Italiane Group) to the Sicilian region. The number of new Pop trains in circulation on the Palermo-Messina and Messina-Siracusa lines reaches 10, following the delivery of 3 new locomotives in October, adding to the 5 from 2019.
There will be 43 new trains for Sicily in total, as confirmed with the May 2018 signing of the service contract by the Sicilian Region and Trenitalia, foreseeing investments totalling over 426 million euro, of which some 325 million is destined to the purchase of new trains to enhance regional and metropolitan mobility on the island. The operation confirms the importance given to regional transport in the FS Italiane Group’s 2019-2023 Business Plan. The long-term service contracts that Trenitalia has signed with the individual regions allow the FS Group Company to make important investments that generate positive repercussions both in the quality of the service offered to travellers and on the entire Italian industrial sector. Trenitalia continues with its contribution during this difficult time for the country, in the belief that the situation will improve shortly.
Pop - greater comfort, sustainability and accessibility
Technologically advanced, spacious and eco-friendly, the Pop reaches a top speed of 160 kilometres/hour and can carry up to 500 passengers. With over 300 seats, it is equipped with larger windows for admiring the beauty of the landscape.
Up to 97% recyclable with a 30% reduction in energy usage compared to previous trains, the Pop boasts high standards of reliability and safety, with on-board cameras and monitors for live recording.
There are also two spots dedicated to disabled travellers. Additionally, 8 bicycles can be transported in the dedicated racks. At the request of the region, the convoys destined for Sicily are also fitted out with handy tables to render the trip even more comfortable.