Even better connections across ViennaWith more than 1.8 million inhabitants, Vienna is Austria's city with the highest population. The people of Vienna undertake 39 percent of their journeys via public transport, and the trend continues to point upwards. This represents a major challenge for the public transport network, but Vienna is recognized as the city with the highest quality of life year after year for a reason. The public transport company Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG operates the traffic network consisting of 5,392 stops, of which 109 are metro stations with around 84 kilometers of laid metro tracks. Five additional stations are scheduled to be added in 2026 with the opening of the new U5 line and the extension of the U2 line. As a consequence, Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG for commissioned Siemens to deliver 34 six-car metro trains in September 2017. The order includes an option on 11 additional trains as well as 24 years of maintenance. The trains will operate fully automated on the U5 line (GOA4). Thanks to the existing driver's cab, they can also be operate on the existing U1–U4 lines either in semi-automated or manual mode.
Siemens as long-term, reliable partnerThe metro trains are already the third generation of metro trains in Vienna to be delivered by Siemens. Previous orders include 84 six-car "Silberpfeil" trains ("Type U"), which have in some cases been in operation since 1972 as well as 62 "Type V" trains, constructed between 2000 and 2017. The new trains – "X-Wagen" type trains – will replace the old "Silberpfeil" models on a step-by-step basis. As has already been the case with the "V-Wagen", the new cars will be entirely navigable, accessible, air-conditioned and fitted with video surveillance. Furthermore, the interior of the vehicle will feature an open and bright design, and the new seating arrangement provides improved ambiance as well as barrier-free access to wheelchair spaces and multi-purpose areas. The "X-Wagen" will also be the first metro of the world to utilize the innovative Passenger Information Plus (PI+): Prior to reaching the next stop, information displays located above every door offer location-dependent passenger guidance on the next station including all connecting trains. This enables passengers to know in which direction they will have to continue following arrival and leads to an optimization of both the passenger flow as well as travel comfort. The new trains will gradually enter passenger service on the U1 to U4 metro lines in 2022. The delivery of all vehicles is scheduled to be completed by 2030. The trains feature a lightweight design and a recycling ratio of more than 90 percent. Furthermore, low energy consumption is ensured by means of LED lighting and extremely low-energy heating and air-conditioning equipment. The recovery of braking energy directly into the third rail also contributes to this factor. The order also includes maintaining the new trains. This will be carried out by personnel belonging to Wiener Linien, but with Siemens AG acting as the ordering party. The trains will be manufactured at the Viennese Siemens plant.
Highlights of the metro vehicles for Austria's capital
- Flexible modes of utilization – in fully automated operation on the line U5 as well as semi-automated or manually on existing lines
- Especially lightweight vehicle – thanks to special and continuous lightweight construction measures across the entire design of the vehicle, which significantly reduce overall weight. Furthermore, the vehicles feature a recycling ratio of more than 90 percent
- Greatest comfort – a new seating arrangement creates improved ambiance and ensures barrier-free access to wheelchair spaces and multi-purpose areas. Furthermore, extendable gap bridging at every door allows for barrier-free entry into the trains in comfort
- State of the art equipment – the new "X-Wagen" will be the world's first vehicle to be fitted with the new Passenger Information System (PI+)
- Reduced maintenance costs – on the basis of a maintenance concept, which will be developed and fine-tuned alongside vehicle development