Our main areas of activity are:
The main reference acts
Since our incorporation in July 2001 in accordance with our Articles of Association, we have been managing the national railway infrastructure under the terms of the Concession Act. The Act was issued by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) under Ministerial Decree No. 138T of 31 October 2000.
The responsibilities and obligations of the Infrastructure Manager are now governed, in addition to the Concession Act itself, by Legislative Decree No. 112 of 15 July 2015, which transposed Directive 2012/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 (the so-called "recast directive") in Italy.
The relationship between the government and the Railway Infrastructure Manager is governed by two Programme Contracts entered into between the MIT and RFI, one relating to maintenance, security and navigation services, the other relating to investments for the development of the network.
The relations between the Manager and the customers (railway undertakings, regions and other stakeholders with a public or economic interest in providing transport services) are regulated by the Network Statement, a document that defines the conditions of access to the infrastructure. The Statement is updated annually after consulting with stakeholders and on the basis of any requirements and instructions issued by the governing body. In Italy, this body is the Italian Transport Authority (ART) whose responsibilities in the rail sector are regulated in article 37 of Law 214/2011.
With regard to railway safety, under Legislative Decree 162/2007 some of the responsibilities previously carried out by the MIT and RFI have been transferred to the two bodies set up by the same decree: the Investigation Body (DGFEMA) and the National Agency for Railway Safety (ANSF). The latter recognised and granted us the Safety Authorisation, the document certifying that the National Railway Infrastructure Manager's Safety Management System complies with European Regulation 1169/2010. The Presidential Decree no. 753 of 11 July 1980, which also covers other guided transport systems (tramways, underground railways, cable cars, etc.), is still a point of reference for safety, police and regularity of railway operations.
Pursuant to EC Regulation 1371/2007 on "passengers' rights and obligations in rail transport", we have taken on the role of station manager, under which we also provide assistance services at stations for passengers with disabilities and reduced mobility.