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EXCITING: Vienna's S-Bahn Undergoes Major Transformation

EXCITING: Vienna's S-Bahn Undergoes Major Transformation
photo: Werner / ÖBB/EXCITING: Vienna's S-Bahn Undergoes Major Transformation
25 / 10 / 2023

Vienna's S-Bahn system is set to receive a major upgrade to cater to the rising train travel demand as a part of a large-scale project of ÖBB, the Ministry of Climate Protection, and the City of Vienna. The focus of this initiative is the renovation of the rail infrastructure between the Vienna Meidling and Vienna Floridsdorf stretches. This involves integrating a state-of-the-art digital train control system, refurbishing key structures, and expanding platforms, all designed to accommodate longer trains and, by extension, more passengers.

A groundbreaking ceremony at the Handelskai S-Bahn stop, attended by Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler, Mobility City Councilor Ulli Sima, and board member of the ÖBB Infrastructure, Judith Engel, marked the beginning of the project.

Minister Gewessler underlined the growing inclination towards public transportation and its pivotal role in championing climate protection initiatives. Meanwhile, Ulli Sima mentioned Vienna's unwavering commitment to bolstering eco-friendly transport modalities. "The promotion of eco-friendly mobility—whether on foot, by bike, or through public transport—is a top priority for Vienna, a city aspiring to be a model for climate initiatives. Vienna already boasts an impressive modal split and has the lowest car density in Austria. We aim to build on this success! Our goal is to achieve climate neutrality by 2040, which is why we're significantly expanding our public transport network and bicycle lanes. We're also focusing on enhancing services for commuters. The modernization of the S-Bahn main line, including eco-friendly upgrades to station environments, is a crucial step towards a greener future and maintaining the high quality of life in our city," expressed Sima.

Since its inauguration in 1962, the historical Vienna S-Bahn main line has since remained a crucial transport lifeline connecting Vienna's center to its outskirts and the broader Lower Austria region. The upgrades will include the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 aimed at refining train operations, ensuring consistent punctuality, and reducing potential service interruptions. The entire upgrade process, scheduled from autumn 2023 to the end of 2027, will cause certain route disruptions. According to ÖBBalternative transportation plans are being developed to minimize passenger inconvenience.