On 28 April 2012, Italo passed from the start-up phase to normal operation. Italo’s entire family, shareholders and employees, is faced with a much more practical challenge. At the beginning, Italo covered only the Napoli - Roma - Firenze - Bologna - Milano backbone, but constantly increased the connections over the years. The response of passengers has been extraordinary. We added Salerno, and starting from October 2012, also the Roma-Venezia route, which stops at Bologna, Padova and Mestre. Starting on 9 December 2012, Italo also stopped at the Torino Porta Susa station, expanding Italo’s network from its five initial destinations to nine, which soon became ten in June 2013, when operations started at Reggio Emilia’s Mediopadana station.
Between 2014 and 2015, Italo extended its reach to Roma Termini, Milano Centrale and Verona. And added Brescia and Ferrara in 2016. Currently, Italo trains serve 13 cities, almost three times as many as in the first year, for a total of no fewer than 18 stations. Just on the Roma Termini to Milano Centrale line, 15 non-stop trains connect the two cities in just 2 hours and 55 minutes: a total of 40 trains per day, with a frequency of one train every 30 minutes during peak hours.
In 2012, Italo started off as a train, but now it has expanded to also offer bus services. In fact, on 13 December 2015 Italo launched the Italobus project, an integrated rail and road transport system, making it possible to reach many high speed rail stations using a single ticket.
Much progress has been made, always courageously addressing the new challenges and pleasing more and more passengers, but Italo wants to continue to grow further. In 2017 and 2018 we will be increasing our fleet with 17 new latest-generation trains of the Pendolino series, to increase the number of connections and continue to offer new services to our passengers.
Thanks to the quality of the services we offer, to the comfort of our trains, and the courtesy and professionalism of our employees, in 2016 Italo carried over 11 million passengers. An excellent milestone, but certainly not the end of the line.