| Public benefit corporation, Limited company|
Ferrovie Emilia Romagna (FER) is a secondary bus and railway company of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy.
The company was formed in 1997 by acquisition by the Emilia-Romagna region of four previous state-owned railway companies:the Ferrovie Padane (FP, which managed the Ferrara–Codigoro railway);
the Ferrovia Suzzara–Ferrara SpA (FSF);
the Gestione Commissariale Governativa delle Ferrovie Venete - Ferrovia Bologna-Portomaggiore (FBP);
the Gestione Commissariale Governativa delle Ferrovie Venete - Ferrovia Parma-Suzzara (FPS).
On 1 January 2008, it also acquired the railway branch of the ATCM of Modena, and, on 1 February 2009, Reggio Emilia's ACT, as well as FBV, becoming the only railway company in Emilia-Romagna.
Emilia-Romagna currently owns 59.44% of FER, the rest belonging to the provinces of Bologna, Mantua, Ferrara, Modena, Parma, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini.
Ferrovie Emilia Romagna Wikipedia
Ferrovie Emilia Romagna operates on the following lines of its own:Parma–Suzzara
Reggio Emilia-Ciano d'Enza
It also operates passenger services on the following lines, owned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI):Bologna–Ferrara
During summer, FER operates direct passenger services between Pesaro in the Marche and Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona in Lombardy, the so-called "Trains of the Sea". The connection Bergamo-Pesaro uses trains led by E464 locomotives and Vivalto coaches. The other two are managed by ALn 668 and ALn 663 diesel railcars.
FER also operates goods transports on his network and on the RFI one.
FER includes a road transport division, with buses connecting several cities in the provinces of Ferrara, Bologna and Rimini.