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Wiener Linien

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Wiener Linien Vienna Lines are the company running the largest part of the public transit network in the city of Vienna, Austria They are part of the city corporation Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG


  • 1 Governing structure and statistics
  • 2 Transit network as of 2007
    • 21 U-Bahn
    • 22 Trams
    • 23 Buses
  • 3 Criticism
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Governing structure and statisticsedit

Until decentralisation on 11 June 1999, Wiener Linien was Wiener Stadtwerke – Verkehrsbetriebe, a directly administered subsidiary of the Vienna city government as they had been for over a hundred years They are still under city control as part of the responsibilities of the City Administrator for Finance and Economics, currently Renate Brauner

As of 2009, Wiener Linien employ approximately 8,000 people and serve approximately 812 million passengers Ridership numbers have climbed since the 1970s and now exceeds those of 2005 by approximately 60 million The number of annual season ticket holders has risen to a new record of 334,577, of whom approximately one third are seniors 24% of all passengers are schoolchildren Sales rose slightly in 2004 to €3452 According to surveys, 36% of all journeys in Vienna are completed using public transport, which puts the city in first place in Europecitation needed

Passengers are represented by a Passenger Advisory Council and can make suggestions for improvements Council members serve four-year terms2

Transit network as of 2007edit

MAN NG 273 LPG class # 8270 bus at Baumgartner Höhe terminus of route 48A

Wiener Linien operate bus and tram Straßenbahn surface routes, and partly underground, partly overground metro or underground train lines Vienna U-Bahn

The U-Bahn network is being steadily expanded, and to a lesser extent the bus routes, especially in outlying areas of the city U-Bahn ridership is likewise growing strongly, but in contrast tram ridership is slightly lower and there has been a reduction in tram mileage in recent years from 2314 km 1438 mi in 2004 to 2273 km 1412 mi in 2007

  • 5 U-Bahn lines with 651 km 405 mi gross length 657 km 408 mi operational length, 693 km 431 mi built length, 2013 km 1251 mi of rail and 4767 million passengers approximately 50 million more than in 2004
  • 28 tram lines with 2273 km 1412 mi gross length 179 km 111 mi operational length, 181 km 112 mi built length and 2004 million passengers approximately 7 million fewer than in 2004
  • 43 daytime bus routes and 23 night bus routes with a total of 6691 km 4158 mi gross length and 116 million passengers exactly 5 million more than in 2004

The system is supplemented by 26 bus routes operated by subcontractors who also operate their own routes in and around Vienna In addition there are 7 routes of Demand responsive transport Wiener Linien services also connect to mainline ÖBB trains and the Vienna S-Bahn

Most daytime services run between 5:00 am and 0:30 am During rush hours, many routes run at intervals of two to five minutes; during evening hours, the U-Bahn runs at 7 and a half minute intervals and trams and buses every ten or 15 minutes Between 0:30 and 5:00 am, night bus routes run every 15 to 30 minutes Following a February 2010 plebiscite, nighttime U-Bahn service on weekends at 15-minute intervals is to be instituted in September 201034

Wiener Linien fares are integrated into the VOR Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region, East Region Transportation Association; their routes all lie within its core zone Zone 100 Schoolchildren, students, the unemployed, and pensioners are served at considerably reduced prices


Type V U2 train at Stadion station Main article: Vienna U-Bahn

The Vienna U-Bahn has existed under this name since 1976, when the stretch of the 1898–1901 Wiener Stadtbahn Vienna Metropolitan Railway between Heiligenstadt and Friedensbrücke stations was experimentally adapted and placed in operation as Line U4 The construction of a metro in Vienna had been preceded by decades of political debate, since the Social Democratic majority in Vienna had initially preferred other modes of transit The first stretch of newly constructed U-Bahn rail was placed in operation in 1978 U1 from Reumannplatz to Karlsplatz The Vienna U-Bahn system currently consists of five lines, is 695 km 432 mi long and has 84 stations:

  • Reumannplatz–Leopoldau extension southwards from Reumannplatz to Oberlaa under construction
  • Seestadt–Karlsplatz expansion eastwards from Stadion to Aspernstrasse opened in October 2010; further extension from Aspernstrasse to Seestadt opened in October 20135
  • Ottakring–Simmering
  • Hütteldorf–Heiligenstadt westwards expansion westwards from Hütteldorf under discussion
  • Siebenhirten-Floridsdorf expansion from Floridsdorf northwards under discussion


The Wiener Straßenbahn Vienna tramway has existed since 1865, when the first horsedrawn tram went into service; the first line was electrified in 1897 Originally operated by private transport firms, the tramway was purchased by the city government around 1900 and in the years that followed massively expanded under the name Gemeinde Wien - Städtische Straßenbahnen Municipality of Vienna - City Tramways Electrified at the city's expense, the trams were integrated into the transport network in 1925 Until construction of the U-Bahn, the trams were the primary mode of public transport in Vienna

After 1945, numerous tram lines were abandoned because of increasing use of private cars or converted to bus routes because of economic unviability Beginning in 1978, in the course of construction of the U-Bahn, tram routes parallelling U-Bahn routes were introduced Nonetheless, the tram system in Vienna remains one of the most extensive in the world 28 routes currently operate on 2273 km 1412 mi of rail Further cutbacks are expected in the next few years as the U-Bahn continues to expand; however, extensions and new lines are also planned, above all in the 21st and 22nd districts


The Municipality of Vienna has operated bus lines since the 1920s; they increased in importance after suburban development increased demand for transport connections and after many tram lines in densely built-up areas were replaced by bus service

Currently approximately 500 buses are in operation on 43 daytime and 23 nighttime routes along approximately 360 km 220 mi of streets, carrying approximately 120 million passengers a year Vienna Linien bus routes are designated with A for Autobus to distinguish them at a glance from tram routes Additional bus routes within Zone 100 of the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region, most of which are operated by other companies, such as Dr Richard, and for which VOR tickets are also valid, are designated with B to distinguish them


In 2005, Vienna Linien received the negative Big Brother Award in the People's Choice category because of camera surveillance67


  1. ^ a b c Ein Blick auf die Leistung - Jahresbericht 2010 May 2012 pdf, German, p 4
  2. ^ Unternehmen - Fahrgastbeirat, Wiener Linien 2009 German, retrieved 22 June 2010
  3. ^ "Nacht-U-Bahn kommt in Viertelstunden-Takt" Nighttime underground coming at 15-minute rate, 24 Stunden für Wien Das Kundenmagazin der Wiener Stadtwerke 205, March 2010 pdf, German, p 3
  4. ^ Webseite der Wiener Linien: Die 24-Stunden-U-Bahn im Jahr 2010 in 37 Nächten unterwegs 24-hour underground in operation for 2010 in 37 days - German, Wiener Linien, retrieved 22 June 2010
  5. ^ "Railway Gazette: Wiener Linien opens U2 extension" Retrieved 2010-10-16 
  6. ^ "Big Brother Awards Austria nicht nur für österreichische Datenkraken" Big Brother Awards Austria not just for Data-Krakens, Heise online 26 October 2005, retrieved 22 June 2010
  7. ^ "Preisträger" Prizewinners, Big Brother Awards Austria 2005 German, retrieved 22 June 2010

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Tram Travels: Wiener Linien
  • Wiener Linien Fanpage: news, forum, photo gallery in German
  • A tour with tram 1 in Vienna Austria Video tour of the Vienna Ring Road

Coordinates: 48°11′23″N 16°24′52″E / 4818972°N 1641444°E / 4818972; 1641444

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