Vienna's underground system serves as role model for Belgrade

On 21 October 2021, experts from Belgrade paid an on-site visit to Wiener Linien, Vienna's public transport operator, to obtain comprehensive information on how to plan, build and operate an underground transport system.

Several people standing in a subway

Experts from Belgrade took a trial ride on Wiener Linien's new X-type underground carriage.

The delegation from Belgrade's metro and train operator (BMV) started off their visit by taking a trial ride on the X-type carriage, the latest addition to Vienna's underground transport fleet. Construction work for Belgrade's first metro line was scheduled to start in November 2021.

U2/U5 project takes centre stage

Another key item on the visitors' agenda was specialist presentations on the planning and implementation of the U2/U5 underground system expansion project, the most comprehensive public transport project undertaken in Vienna since the ground-breaking for the first underground line 50 years ago.

One of the topics extensively covered on this occasion was the first fully automated underground trains, which are scheduled to be operating on the new U5 underground line as from 2026. The anticipated advantages of driverless operation, such as increased flexibility, staff duty rotas becoming independent of train turnaround, and faster train availability, were discussed in detail.

Other important topics addressed included linking up a metro system to other modes of transport, traffic management and control centres, trains and depots, as well as risk management and construction methods. A visit to the U2/U5 project exhibition at the Volkstheater stop on the U2 line rounded off the programme.

Vienna's expertise in high demand

The representatives of both transport system operators were agreed on how important it is to share information and best practices with other city administrations. The collaboration with Wiener Linien started already back in November 2016. What is more, a Vienna-based planning firm is involved in the Belgrade metro project in a consultative capacity.

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