Mission and Strategies

RFI - Rete Ferroviaria Italiana is the company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group with the public role of Infrastructure Manager, responsible for management and for safety of the rail traffic on the whole national network, track, stations and installations.

In its role of Infrastructure Manager RFI allows the access to the railway network to Railway Undertakings (RU), performs the maintenance and ensures the safe circulation on the whole network, manages the investments for the upgrading of railway lines (High Speed and Conventional) and the technological development.

On the international side, RFI promotes the integration of the Italian infrastructure in the European railway network and cooperates with other European Infrastructure Managers. 

At January 2015, operational lines are more than 16.700 km long; more than 11.900 Kms of it are electrified and over 7.500 Kms are double track. Stations active for customer service are almost 2.100

In 2014, 21 freights Rail Undertakings and 19 passengers Rail Undertakings operated on the national railway network, for 330 million train* km. In the same year, RFI employed 25.949 people and invested 2.852,5 mln €  for the upgrading, development and maintenance of the network.

On July 1st, 2001 RFI was incorporated in compliance with the European Directives implemented by the Italian Government by separating the Infrastructure Manager from the transport operating companies. 

The mission of RFI is first of all to act as the national railway Infrastructure Manager, as set forth in the Act of Concession and on the basis of the Planning Agreement (Contratto di Programma 2012-2014 – parte Servizi),  the document regulating RFI relationships with the State. The responsibilities and obligations of the Infrastructure Manager are now provided, as well as by the Act of Concession, by the  Legislative Decree no. 112 of 15 July 2015, which  implemented the Directive 2012/34 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 (the "Directive recast") in Italy.

The main areas of responsibility of RFI are summarized below :

●  to guarantee the co-ordination and safety of rail traffic on the whole network; 

to develop the technology of systems and materials; 

to ensure the full availability and constant efficiency of the lines and of the railway infrastructures; 

●  to target the investments to the strengthening, technological modernisation and development of railway lines and facilities;   

to ensure the supervision of employee health, and the safety and health of workplaces, of the provided services and of the areas open to the public;   

to promote the integration of Italian infrastructure in the European Railway Network, in co-ordination with the EU countries, with regard to quality standards and actions and strategies for  services promotion;

to provide assistance for Person with Reduced Mobility (PRM) in more than 260 stations all over the country, in  its role as Station Manager, defined in EC Regulation 1371/2007 on rail Passengers' Rights and obligations.