Upgrading Vienna’s rapid transit network
From December 2017, further key measures to upgrade the rapid transit train network in and around Vienna (or “suburban railway network”, according to some info maps) will be implemented in a joint project by Vienna and the Province of Lower Austria. Additional trains will be introduced on three lines: the S7 line to Vienna International Airport, Franz-Josephs-Bahn to the north-west, and Ostbahn to the south-east of Vienna. The improvements will speed up service during rush hours in particular.
S7 to Vienna International Airport
Raising service frequency from two to up to four trains per hour in both directions between Vienna International Airport and Wien Floridsdorf station will increase the number of seats available per hour and direction by up to 800. All new trains will be barrier-free Cityjet trains.
The line will be upgraded with additional express trains (“Sprinter”) from Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof station via Klosterneuburg to Kritzendorf during morning and evening rush hours. The new service may also be extended to St. Andrä-Wördern station, thus upgrading the busiest sections of the line.
Additional REX trains will be introduced on weekdays on the S60 section from Vienna Central Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) to Bruck an der Leitha, increasing the number of seats available per hour by up to 500. Some local trains will be extended to Neusiedl am See or to Bratislava-Petrzalka in Slovakia.
The backbone of public transport
The rapid transit (or suburban rail) network is known as the backbone of the public transport system in the region around Vienna. At the same time, it plays a major role for public transport within Vienna. The Thematic Concept – Urban Mobility Plan Vienna (in German) provides for further improvements to the current system, e.g. 15 minute intervals on all suburban lines of the rapid transit network.
64 new Cityjet trains in local and regional public transport
By 2020, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) plans to introduce 64 additional Cityjet trains. Most of them will be used in the East Austria region. The new model is scheduled to completely replace the old blue-and-white rapid transit trains.
The first Cityjet trains are already in use on rapid transit lines S1, S2, S7, S40, S50 and S80. By 2018, all CRD trains the East Austria region may be replaced by Cityjet trains, making journeys more comfortable for passengers and maximising technical reliability. Once the modernisation measures have been completed, all electrified rail lines in the Vienna region will be barrier-free and fully air-conditioned.