ChangeNOW Summit 2022


Samuela Burzio


Board Member



Trained as a lawyer, European affairs and environmental specialist, Samuela has acquired a strong expertise in the legal and political issues surrounding railways over more than eight years within SNCF Réseau, the French rail infrastructure manager. In 2019, Samuela decided that it was time to merge ecological and railway causes with her main passion: traveling. She developed Once Upon A Train (OUAT), a citizen's movement promoting train and slow travel, inviting people to travel with mindfulness. Railways odysseys, festivals, creative and poetic journeys, exchange of good practices...The association has currently several thousand members and followers, including many rail specialists in France and Europe. In 2020, she joined the Board of Railcoop, the first rail cooperative launched in France with the ambition to promote rail mobility by involving citizens, communities, businesses and railway workers, to develop railway transport adapted to the needs of all regions. Freight services and future passenger services aim at reviving orphaned lines in order to connect and revitalize the territories they cross. A fruitful collaboration for a common ambition: making rail the backbone of tomorrow's mobility.
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