U.S.-Austria friendship tram for Vienna

On occasion of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Vienna on 14 August 2020, a Wiener Linien ULF tram now serves multiple tram lines in the city as a symbol of the longstanding friendship between Austria and the United States.

A symbol of Austro-American relations

The U.S.-Austria friendship tram will run on tramway lines 1, 2, 40, 43 and D.

The ultra-low-floor tram is wrapped in red, white, and blue showcasing seminal dates in U.S.-Austrian relations such as:

  • The Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II
  • The Fulbright student exchange programme
  • The signing of the Austrian State Treaty
  • The recently presented "friendship face coverings" to protect against coronavirus
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Mayor Michael Ludwig, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina (from right to left) present the U.S.-Austria friendship tram.

City of Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig inaugurated the tram together with U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as alumni of the student exchange programmes "Austria to Austin" and "Austria to Silicon Valley".

Longstanding cooperation and friendship

The United States and Austria as well as Vienna have "a longstanding cooperation and friendship" as Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig pointed out during the ribbon cutting ceremony in the city centre. In addition to the close business relations, personal friendships have been formed as well such as the one between U.S. Ambassador Traina and the Mayor. "The tram is a symbol of friendship", said Ludwig, who underlined the importance of international cooperation - not least in face of the coronavirus pandemic.

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