From December, students enrolled at the University of Pisa can purchase Autolinee Toscane urban monthly passes at discounted prices, thanks to the agreement signed by the University of Pisa, by the Regional Agency for the Right to University Study of Tuscany (ARDSU) , by the Municipality of Pisa and by Autolinee Toscane SpA The aim is to promote the use of collective means of transport, encouraging the development of a type of sustainable mobility, and to improve the services available to university students.
The agreement, which will remain in force until 31 July 2023, was presented at Palazzo alla Day on Thursday 1 December by the rector Riccardo Zucchi, by the regional councilor for University and research with responsibility for the Right to Study, Alessandra Nardini, by the mayor of Pisa, Michele Conti, by the president of ARDSU, Marco Del Medico, and by Andrea Buonomini and Sandro Bartolucci, respectively commercial, marketing and technology director and commercial and technological development manager of Autolinee Toscane SpA. For the University Pisano also attended by the vice-rector for the Cohesion of the university community and the Right to Education, Enza Pellecchia, the former pro-rector for Students and the Right to Education, Rossano Massai, and the mobility manager Elena Perini.
The purchase of urban monthly passes, which concerns all students enrolled at the University of Pisa, including doctoral students, postgraduate students, postgraduate students and visiting students, will have a differentiated cost based on the ISEE family income. For students with ISEE up to 36,151.98 euros and university ISEE up to 36,001.00 euros residing outside Tuscany, the price is 16 euros; for students with an ISEE higher than 36,151.98 euros the price is 22 euros. The standard cost of the season ticket is 35 euros.
Interested students must access the website www-at-bus.it and register in the “Purchase” section (shop.at-bus.it), requesting the additional “Student” discount and following the registration instructions. Once this step has been completed, it will be possible to purchase the season ticket via the website, with the discount that will be automatically offered by the system. The subscription must be monthly and refer to the city of Pisa.
“Today’s agreement – declared the rector Riccardo Zucchi – is the arrival point of a long and precious work started by the previous rectorate and in particular by professor Massai and doctor Perini. Together with the new Rector for the Right to Education, Enza Pellecchia, and Dr. Perini herself we are working – in collaboration with the Region, ARDSU, the Municipality of Pisa and Autolinee Toscane – to further improve the quality of transport and to request changes paths that meet the needs of the student community”.
“In Tuscany, the right to study is a pillar of regional policies – commented the councilor Alessandra Nardini – the agreement we sign today confirms the attention of the Tuscany Region and the Regional Agency for the Right to University Study towards the services offered to the students of the University of Pisa. We were very keen to activate this type of facilitation in the Pisa area, one of the nerve centers of the regional academic system. The resources that we have decided to allocate to support this measure are an investment in the future because on the one hand they promote the use of public transport with the consequent benefits, on the other hand they are a further element guaranteeing the right to study, a choice that we hope will also contribute to the further growth of the Pisan Athenaeum. I thank all those involved for the decisive teamwork that led us to this result”.
The regional councilor for mobility and infrastructure, Stefano Baccelli, also expressed satisfaction with the new agreement. “We are happy – said Baccelli – to start the agreement for university students in the Pisa area with the sole manager. It is a step we are very keen on because we want to reaffirm the importance of sustainable mobility and give a concrete signal towards the needs of this type of user in terms of cost containment. There is also a very strong cultural and social value. In addition to raising awareness of the use of public transport and the possibility of positive effects on traffic and air quality, it is also a message of invitation to participate in the life of the place where girls and boys have chosen as a place of study”.
“In recent years – said the mayor Michele Conti – we have invested heavily in sustainable mobility, to transform Pisa into a smart, more interconnected, less polluted city. In recent days we have presented a project that looks to Pisa in 2050, talking about green and blue connections for the future of the city, intending to move towards a future of sustainability also in the field of mobility, working on an intermodal local public transport system that includes the integration between bicycles, scooters and city buses, means that we hope will be used more and more by residents and students, encouraged by initiatives like this. The academic community is an integral part of our city, so it contributes, even economically, to the agreement signed with the University of Pisa, the regional company for the right to study and Autolinee is a fundamental element of this project for us”.
“The DSU Toscana considers it essential to spread within the student community a culture of using public means of transport as an alternative to the private one, contributing to the reduction of city traffic – said the ARDSU president, Marco Del Medico – For this reason the The company has allocated substantial resources to this initiative which will allow the price of season tickets to be kept low, encouraging their purchase by university students and promoting greater integration with the city fabric”.
“We are very satisfied with this agreement with Unipi, Ardsu and the Municipality of Pisa – explains Andrea Buonomini of Autolinee Toscane – because it will not only help reduce the costs of public transport season tickets for university students, but above all because it will serve to encourage use of public transport compared to private mobility with obvious positive effects for the environment. In fact, collective public mobility is one of the fundamental tools for reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere, and as such it must be encouraged and supported just as this Convention will do for Pisa university students. This will is and will be the constant of Autolinee Toscane’s commitment in its relationship with local authorities and all public and private subjects interested in collaborating with us”.
Source: University of Pisa – press office