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ÖBB's Cityjet locomotive christening amid the double-decker upgrade program: DOSTO progress update

ÖBB's Cityjet locomotive christening amid the double-decker upgrade program: DOSTO progress update
photo: ÖBB / Scheiblecker/ÖBB's Cityjet locomotive christening amid the double-decker upgrade program: DOSTO progress update
19 / 05 / 2022

The DOSTO Upgrade Program launched in 2019 aims to make rail travel even more comfortable and modern. Within approximately four years, a total of around 100 double-deck cars will undergo an all-around renewal by ÖBB Train-Tech at the St. Pölten site. As of May, twelve sets consisting of 51 wagons were already in service on the Franz-Josefs-Bahn in Vienna and Lower Austria, as well as on the line between Retz and Payerbach/Reichenau.

"In addition to increased comfort, maximum safety and functionality played a key role in the innovations," explains Sabine Stock, Member of the Management Board of ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG. "With the upgrade program, we want to further improve the passenger experience to inspire even more people to travel or commute by train," he added.

Additional equipment for an even better riding experience

As part of the upgrade, for which around EUR 90 million is being invested, the seats will be given new covers, and additional seat cushions will be installed in the mezzanines, among other things. A multi-purpose area with space for six bicycles, as well as baby carriages and luggage, will be created in each intermediate car. The free WLAN in the modernized wagons is of interest not only to commuters. The newly installed quiet zones are unique in local and regional transportation. For an even safer journey, the door control system is being renewed, and additional emergency intercoms are being installed.

At the christening of a locomotive repainted in the Cityjet design on Monday, guests were able to take a direct look at the additional equipment in the cars.

Vienna's City Councillor for Finance and Economic Affairs, Peter Hanke, emphasized: "With these modernized trains, commuters and passengers can travel even more comfortably between Vienna and Lower Austria and at the same time contribute to environmentally-friendly mobility. That is why we are investing in the expansion of rail transport in and around Vienna over the next few years with the second Vienna Rail Infrastructure Package. It is an important step towards climate neutrality, and it additionally strengthens the Eastern region as a business location."

"With the modernized double-decker trains, we are sending an important signal for attractive public transport services, particularly local commuter transport in Lower Austria. Together with the new double-decker trains, there will be just under 100 efficient and state-of-the-art trains with a capacity of around 550 seats per train. The introduction of climate tickets was the first step towards attractive public transport - with the modernization of our trains, we can now make our public transport not only cheaper but also more comfortable and better," Lower Austria's Provincial Councilor for Mobility Ludwig Schleritzko was pleased to say.

Facts & figures on the DOSTO upgrade program

  • Duration of modernization measures: spring 2019 to approx. June 2023
  • Invested budget: around EUR 90 million
  • Design & comfort: including repainting in Cityjet design, reupholstering of all seats, seat cushions on the mezzanine level, quiet zone on the upper level of the control car
  • Technology: including WLAN, video surveillance, renewal of door control and additional emergency intercom stations, LED interior lighting
  • Interior & exterior renovations: corrosion renovation of windows, replacement of floors, staircase renovation, cleaning and renovation of heating and air conditioning equipment, renovation of WCs, renovation of bogies, renovation of train and push equipment, removal/installation including repair of Power supply equipment, lighting fixtures, doors, etc.

Source: ÖBB Press Releases