Siemens and Wiener Linien present design for new metro

Vienna’s Environment Councilor Ulli Sima, Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG, the mass transit operator of Austria’s capital, and Siemens today presented the design for the new Vienna metro.

08 March 2018 Thursday, 08:08

Vienna’s Environment Councilor Ulli Sima, Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG, the mass transit operator of Austria’s capital, and Siemens today presented the design for the new Vienna metro. The six-car trains, called “X cars,” carry on the design elements of the city’s existing trains and at the same time fulfill the most modern international safety standards. The trains can be walked through from end to end and feature an open and bright interior. The newly arranged seating layout offers an improved sense of spaciousness, optimizes passenger flows and provides barrier-free access to wheelchair and multiple-purpose spaces. A transparent partition behind the driver’s cab offers passengers a new perspective of the metro line.

Wiener Linien commissioned Siemens at the end of 2017 with the delivery of 34 fully automated metro trains. The contract also includes the maintenance of the trains for a period of 24 years and an option for an additional eleven trains. The “X cars” will be operated fully automated on the new U5 line in Vienna beginning in 2024. The trains can also operate semi-automated or manually on previously existing lines. Delivery of the trains is scheduled to begin in mid-2020 and to be completed by 2030. The trains will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Vienna.

“We’ll be getting a state-of-the-art train that fits our existing infrastructure and offers very good value for the money. The proven partnership with Siemens together with the maintenance contract assure us the highest care with the conception and quality of the trains, which will benefit our passengers over a long period,” noted Günter Steinbauer, Director of Wiener Linien.

“We’ve enjoyed a long and close partnership with Wiener Linien over the years. Following the ‘Silver Arrow’ in 1972 and the ‘V cars’ in 2000, it’s a great success for us to now be able to build the third metro generation for our home location – in Vienna for Vienna,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens.

The trains designed for Vienna are the world’s first metro trains that will be equipped with the new FGI Plus passenger information system. The system offers passengers routing directions including connection information even before they arrive at the station. Directions are displayed above each door. Passengers know before they arrive at the station how they should proceed when they get there: this optimizes passenger flows and travel convenience.

The trains have a lightweight construction and over 90 percent of the materials used can be recycled. The use of LED lighting and highly efficient heating and air conditioning systems ensure low energy consumption for the trains. During operation, the train’s braking energy is optimally fed back into the power rail.

Technical data for the Vienna metro:

Carbody material: Aluminum
Track gauge: 1,435 mm
Length over couplers: 111,220 mm
Width of car: 2,850 mm
Floor height above top of rail: 1,000 mm
Maximum axle load: 10.90 tons
Passenger capacity: 928 including 200 seats
Maximum speed: 80 km/h
Power supply: 750 V DC / Third rail
Wheel diameter: 840 mm
Maximum starting acceleration: 1.2 m/s2

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