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Old October 29th, 2007, 02:18 AM   #1
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Cologne - new subway line (UC 2010)

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Name: Nord-Süd Stadtbahn Köln
Length: 4 km
Depth: up to 30 m
Function: Connection of the old town with the train station; second north-south tunnel (increased capacity, reduced traveling time)
Date of completion: 2010

Maps:
New line in light blue (running North-South)






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Old October 29th, 2007, 06:16 AM   #2
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Looks like an impressive little upgrade! Is the purpose of it to relieve congestion on a certain portion of the existing line or is it simply to provide a further set of city centre connections?
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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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How big is Cologne?
The entire Ruhr valley is very heavily populated that's it hard to differntiate the cities.

When completed how many people will the service serve? The map you have is that just Cologne city or the metro area including Essen, Wuppertal etc?
Enquiring Canadians want to know.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:54 AM   #4
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That is just for Cologne but it does include the Ruhr valley S-bahn segment for Cologne. The map is a little deceptive as it does include the portions where the stadtbahn becomes more like a tram with at-grade crossings.

Cologne has almost 1 million people in the city.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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Is the purpose of it to relieve congestion on a certain portion of the existing line or is it simply to provide a further set of city centre connections?

Both: the current congestion in the downtown tunnel causes delays (as you can see in the diagram below). Additionally, the old town with the main shopping street, city hall and entertainment area are not yet connected to the subway network. Also, since the line is more direct, people travelling from the North to the South will save 8 min.

Today:


In future:


How big is Cologne?
Cologne has 1 Million people and 1.85 Million in its immediate agglomeration. If you add the Bonn agglomeration (about 30 km South) with 900,000 people, you have an urban area of about 2.8 Million people.

The entire Ruhr valley is very heavily populated that's it hard to differntiate the cities.
Cologne and Bonn are not directly located in the Ruhr Valley (5.4 Million people), though they belong to the greater Ruhr metro with about 11.5 Million people. It is easy to differentiate between cities like Cologne, Duesseldorf, Bonn. However, within the Ruhrgebiet, differences are less clear.

Cologne from above:


When completed how many people will the service serve? The map you have is that just Cologne city or the metro area including Essen, Wuppertal etc?


Now there are 192 km of tracks for the metro rail of which 27 km run as a subway. In Cologne there are 15 lines, used by 185 Million people annually (140 rides per inhabitant per year).
The Cologne metro rail is connected with the Bonn metro rail (which runs also partially underground).
The map above shows only Cologne.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 02:36 AM   #6
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cologne metro(germany köln)

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Old November 28th, 2008, 02:39 AM   #7
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So there's no U-Bahn?
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Old November 28th, 2008, 02:46 AM   #8
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call it u bahn ,stadtbahn,metro,tram---whatever u want just watch and learn
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Old November 28th, 2008, 03:03 AM   #9
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So there's no U-Bahn?
This is one of the Stadtbahn systems I was telling you about yesterday! The U's on the map are underground stations and the network is ~90% segregated from traffic. Definitely a blueprint for a successful light rail network. They're currently building a new tunnel through the city to relieve congestion and improve transport options.

The S stations are S-bahn stations as part of the Rhein-Ruhr S-bahn.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #10
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I figured as much

A pretty damn comprehensive network for a city which is smaller than Auckland.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 03:52 AM   #11
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I figured as much

A pretty damn comprehensive network for a city which is smaller than Auckland.
Yeah, there is very little of the city that doesn't have access to the stadtbahn network or S-bahn network, making almost all of the city accessible to rail based electrified transit. Of course, Köln is markedly more compact than Auckland though, making this far easier to accomplish.

Interestingly it also runs two intercity stadtbahn lines (along with S-bahn and Regionalbahn) to serve the nearby city of Bonn, the old West German capital.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 04:02 AM   #12
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Old November 28th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #13
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I figured as much

A pretty damn comprehensive network for a city which is smaller than Auckland.
what´s the population of auckland? köln has almost 1million. at the moment little less than 1million.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #14
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what´s the population of auckland? köln has almost 1million. at the moment little less than 1million.
1.4 million. We have nothing in terms of transit.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #15
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1.4 million. We have nothing in terms of transit.
That 1.4 million is something you better compare with agglomeration or urban area figures.

According to wiki:

Aukland 1.320.700 (2006) on 1.086 km²

Cologne 995.397 (2007) on 405,15 km²

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Cologne is the center of an urban area of around 2 million inhabitants (including the neighboring cities of Bonn, Hürth, Leverkusen, and Bergisch-Gladbach).

Nevertheless Cologne is serving as a major hub for the Rhine-Rhur-Area with 10 million plus... So this should balance the viewpoint when you look to something like the rapid transit map!

Anyway i do not find Cologne's systems too much impressive. Despite the S-Bahn they are lacking of somehow "fast" transit...
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Old November 28th, 2008, 10:29 PM   #16
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It is still OK, because the majority of German population have cars, they don't use public transport.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #17
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What's the link betwwen having a car and not using public transport ? All the more German people do use it a lot.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 10:45 PM   #18
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A very Chinese point of view, if I may say so. You, too, will that cars, cars, cars are no solution. It's not a question of whether or not you can afford a car - it's a question of what's the best way to reach your destination.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 11:50 PM   #19
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That's not really a helpful comment.

Are there pictures of the trams? Siemens, Bombardier?
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Old November 28th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #20
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Nevertheless Cologne is serving as a major hub for the Rhine-Rhur-Area with 10 million plus... So this should balance the viewpoint when you look to something like the rapid transit map!
Well, especially with public transport that is not entirely true, I think. Due to the stupid tariff system, in most cases it is quite unattractive to visit Cologne when you come from Düsseldorf or the Ruhr Area.
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