New Tram Line Work Moves Forward
New progress on the tram construction currently underway on Viale Lavagnini is going forward. The work area in Piazza della Libertà reaches as far as the intersection with Via Poliziano.
This work on an additional tram route in and close to downtown Florence is due to completed in February 2024. The new Lavagnini – Libertà – San Marco line will run between Fortezza da Basso and Piazza San Marco, bringing Florentines and visitors to the center of the city and will connect to the current tram Line 2, which runs to Florence’s station and the airport.
The 1.5-mile long (2.4 km) extension will have six stops: Lavagnini, Poliziano, Parterre, Cavour A, San Marco, and Cavour R. The tram extension will have two components – a double track runs from Fortezza to Piazza della Libertà and a single track between Libertà and Piazza San Marco so there can still be a lane for buses and cars. The single track will run in a loop from the Parterre stop at Piazza della Libertà down Via Cavour to Piazza San Marco, turning at Via la Pira and again at Via La Marmora before reaching Parterre again.
The project requires a complete redesign of Piazza della Libertà, which currently is a main transportation hub as the intersection of Viale Spartaco Lavagnini and Viale Giacomo Matteotti. Two stops will eventually be built in Piazza della Libertà, one as part of this Line 2 extension and the other as part of future Line 3. The Line 2 stop, Parterre, will be built right in front of the Triumphal Arch of the Lorraine and will be placed in the middle of the tracks and with no shelters for passengers. (Molly Mulvihill)