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Accessibility for a major new development in Acilia, Rome
Acilia, major new development, Rome, Rome accessibility
Comprised of residential, commercial and office buildings, Acilia’s new ‘centralità’ (focal point) would become a city within a city which needed easily accessible transport links to and from the area.
Working with the architects Gotesman & Szmelcman, who were masterplanning the 130-hectare area near Rome, Steer Davies Gleave advised on both public and private modes of transport that would connect the Acilian development to two key corridors going to Rome’s city centre.
We used a simulation model to assess the road network in the area and proposed a public transport scheme which included a 6km bus rapid system with high frequency service (5 minutes during peak hours) and low emissions vehicles. This public transport corridor will link the new development and the surrounding areas to the metro through a new interchange station.
How we did it
With the advancements of technology, microsimulation modelling has taken transportation planning and traffic engineering to new levels. Its ability to model vehicles individually – taking into account characteristics such as vehicle type and driver behaviour – and look at less predictable network operations, means that a much wider range of situations can be modelled more accurately and in more detail.
We initially used a macrosimulation model to assess what impact the development would have on traffic in the surrounding area. Then, using microsimulation modelling, we looked at various scenarios for road junctions within the development and tested several different public transport modes. This enabled us to provide Gotesman & Szmelcman with confident advice on the optimal zoning solutions for Acilia’s new ‘centralità’ which would ensure accessibility to all different parts of the area.
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