The project is estimated to cost between €120m and €130m. The mayor of Bolzano Mr Renzo Caramaschi plans to apply for funding from the Italian government’s Connecting Italy scheme. In order to qualify, the municipality must include the project in an Urban Plan for Sustainable Mobility (PUM), which should be approved by the city council this autumn. The city will also try to attract private funding for the project.
Once the project has been approved, construction is expected to take between five and six years to complete.
The objective is to alleviate traffic congestion in the city. Other improvements are also being considered such as reducing journey times on the Brenner railway or track doubling of the Bolzano - Merano line.