A Dolomites train project could be ready for the 2026 Olympics
The project that will link the provinces of Trentino, Alto Adige (Sudtirol) and Veneto has a high degree of feasibility according to former councillor Mauro Gilmozzi. The cost is of one billion two hundred million Euros to be absorbed by the State and the provinces.
The Dolomites train could become a reality by 2026, in time for the Winter Olympics. Connecting Trento to Bassano, then to Feltre, Belluno, Calalzo, Cortina, Dobbiaco, Bressanone, Bolzano and returning to Trento.
A challenge that has a very specific name: Ring Dolomiti. The feasibility is “high” according to Mauro Gilmozzi, former councillor for infrastructures and the environment of the junta Dellai. “We keep in mind that for the most part this ring is already there.”
Total cost: from one billion two hundred million upwards. What seems an onerous amount, “… would be a cost to be divided between various agencies, the Provinces, the State.”
Therefore, the maximum collaboration between the different territorial subjects is needed. “We had said this since we started thinking about the Winter Olympics in Trentino: this is a game that is worth playing only if it becomes an opportunity to work on the connections between territories, that is, mobility. Otherwise it is a lost train opportunity».
I have the chance to hear of this project a couple of years ago, when travelling visiting clients through all these three provinces. I heard it in Cortina, from the people that were at that time at Cortina Marketing, and then when asking the people at Sudtirol and Trentino, both laughed thinking it was science fiction to get people of Belluno moving and this would never be going to happen. Hopefully it would, because it would help a lot the tourism getting to the areas for skiing and trekking in the summer and be much more environmentally friendly. Plus much cheaper than paying transfers, even though maybe this would not be that good for transfer companies.
More information: Giornale Trentino
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Featured Image: A Dolomites train project could be ready for the 2026 Olympics. This train is one working at Sudtirol. IDM Sudtirol. Photo: Hans-Peter Leu. A unique experience is provided by the new railway line from Merano/Meran to Malles/Mals: the train brings you to Malles, where you can rent a bike and return slightly downhill alongside the orchards and ancient sites of the old Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta.