Mantova railway station
|Location||Piazza Don Leoni
Mantua, Mantua, Lombardy
|Operated by||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
|Distance||61.082 km (37.955 mi)
|Opened||21 June 1873|
Opened in 1873, the station building is situated at Piazza Don Leone, northwest of Mantua and a 10-minute walk from the town centre. It is a junction station of two mainlines, Verona-Mantua-Modena and Milan-Cremona-Mantua, and one branch line, Mantua-Nogara-Monselice-Venice. Until 1967, Mantua station was also a terminus of the now-defunct Mincio Valley Line (Mantua–Peschiera del Garda).
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). The commercial area of the passenger building, however, is managed by Centostazioni. Train services are operated by Trenitalia and Trenord, Lombardy's regional transport agency. All of the above companies, except Trenord, are wholly owned subsidiaries of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company. FS holds 50% ownership of Trenord through Trenitalia; Trenord's other 50% shares are held by former Milan's railway agency, LeNord.
Despite the transfer of Lombardy to Kingdom of Italy in 1859, Mantua was stationed by Austrian troops who ruled Venetia (including Verona) until 1867. Construction of Verona-Mantua railway began in sections in the 1860s. By 1867, the first section was completed at St. Antonio Mantovano station outside Mantua. On 21 June 1873, the second section crossed River Mincio; Mantua station opened to rail traffic upon completion of the St. Antonio Mantovano–Borgoforte section.
The passenger building has two storeys. The ground level hosts a ticket office, a waiting room, a cafe-bar and the office of the traffic control department. The first floor is reserved for use by Trenitalia.
The station yard has nine through tracks and one terminating track. Among the through tracks, four are used for freight traffic and six for passenger services. There are plans to relocate the on-site goods yard to Mantova Frassine station, since the new location would be closer to the industrial zone.
Passenger and train movements
The station has 2.8 million passenger movements per year.
Introduction of a direct service to Rome (axed in 2003) will begin in September 2016. The former Intercity train will instead be operated by high-speed pendolino carriages Frecciargento: the fastest travel time between Mantua and Modena is 40 minutes (1 hour 10 minutes by regional trains).
The following services call at this station:
- Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Verona-Mantova: Verona - Villafranca di Verona - Mantova
- Regional train (Trenitalia+TPER Regional) Mantova-Modena/Bologna: Mantova - Suzzara - Carpi - Modena - (Bologna)
- Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Mantova-Cremona: Mantova - Bozzolo - Piadena - Cremona (stopping service)
- Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Mantova-Monselice: Mantova - Nogara - Cerea - Monselice
- Regional train (Trenord Regional) Mantova-Milan: Mantova - Piadena - Cremona - Codogno - Lodi - Milan (Roderego) - Milan (Lambrate) - Milan (Central)
- Regional train (Trenord Regional) Mantova-Parma: Mantova - Castellucchio - Piadena - Casalmaggiore - Parma
From 11 September 2016, high-speed services will call at Mantova:
- High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciargento) Mantova-Rome: Mantova - Modena - Bologna - Rome (Termini)
The station has been the terminus of the Minico Valley Line, which took its route along River Mincio to Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) at Peschiera del Garda. A daily bus service, operated by APAM 46, now replaces the railway.
APAM, transport agency of Mantua, operates interurban bus routes which stop outside the railway station. Destinations include Brescia (2), Peschiera del Garda (46), Asola (13), Sabbionetta (17), Moglia (28, 29 and 30), Mirandola (35) and Suzzara (29 and 39). The railway station's interchange is also a stop of other intercity services, such as ATV 148 (Verona-Mantua) and long-distance coaches to Modena and Bolzano/Bozen.
From 13 December 2015, Italo uses intercity buses to connect Mantua to Reggio Emilia (AV Mediopadana), via Carpi outside Modena, for access to high-speed train services. The "Italobus" runs 3 services per day (2 services during the summer months) in each direction. 
Between March 2013 and December 2014, a direct shuttle bus service ran daily between Mantova railway station and Verona-Villafranca Airport, connecting the city with its closest international gateway. This service was provided by APAM. The journey took 45 minutes. This service ceased operation on 1 January 2015. 
Since August 2014, new regional carriages with enhanced mobility and comfort have been introduced to Verona-Mantua-Modena services. After the World Expo 2015, Trenord has guaranteed 18 to 20 sets of double-decker regional trains on services between Milan and Mantua.
In 2015, talks with the Italian State Railway have begun in order to improve train connections of Verona and Milan to Mantua. Current regional trains takes 46 minutes to complete a journey of 37 km between Mantua and Verona. New proposals could see the introduction of non-stop services, which could take only 30 minutes on the same route, during morning and evening peak hours.
As of 2015, doubling of tracks on the Milan-Cremona-Mantua railway is currently underway.
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Lombardy
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
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