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Viennas "U-Bahn" (metrosystem)

The metro network of the 1.8 million inhabitants counting Vienna is called U-Bahn (U for Untergrund=underground)
Its current total length is 83,7 km but it is still expanding. There are five lines in operation: U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. The line U5 has been missing for many decades but is being added within the next years.

Generally speaking, the public transportation system of Vienna is efficient, clean and safe, with the U-Bahn being tightly interconnected with a huge tram system (one of the largest still existing systems world wide), a large bus system plus the S-Bahn (mostly) in the periphery. (S-Bahn is the suburban railway which frequents the stations every 15 minutes mostly, or on parts with multiple lines more often)

Network plan of U-Bahn and S-Bahn in 2018:


https://oekastatic.orf.at/static/images/site/oeka/2018028/ubahnnetz.5718155.jpg



https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...ssteg_und_U-Bahn-Brücke_(109552)_IMG_3564.jpg



U1 and U3 were constructed from scratch as modern metro lines. The largest part of U4 and U6 was based on the former "Stadtbahn" facilities from the monarchy which have been extended substantially since. The U4 line has been adopted to a full metro system equivalent to U1 and U3 (causing some damage and loss of historical heritage) while the U6 was adopted less radically, keeping the historic buildings and stations intact and more like a "Stadtbahn" in the German sense. Frequency of service is however very high (4-6 min). The U6 is also to considerable parts not underground but above street level on aqueducts.
 

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¡Viva el metro!
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I really like Vienna metro.
:yes:
I remember we realized there tha station signs and diagrams are very similar to Barcelona metro.
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Very nice system!! :eek:kay:
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The one thing I find most appealing to the Vienna U-bahn is the fact that 'old meets new': you've got the old infrastructure and (sometimes) stations of lines U4 and U6, and the more modern looking ones of lines U1, U2 and U3.
 

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Anekdote said:
More pictures

Actually thats the single subway train of this kind that is operational yet. Not that the Wiener Linien would not have a bunch of them in their garages, but Austrian bureaucracy wants one document more; again. Before this document is not where it should be, you have to search for this single "prototype" that does normal service allready now.

I guess within the next months though, that at least half a dozen of the new trains will enter service on U3 and/or U1 or so. With others following soon.

To be honest the sole time I drove with them I was drunk, so I can remind it only "blurry" ;):) They are clean (as normally all metro trains in Vienna are), very well illuminated, and they have an airconditioner that the current ones have not. They also look nicer :)
 

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bitxofo said:
I really like Vienna metro.
:yes:
I remember we realized there tha station signs and diagrams are very similar to Barcelona metro.
:eek:
Very nice system!! :eek:kay:
:wink2:
The design of the Vienna undergroubnd was "invented" by a group of then young architects called "Guppe U-Bahn". A lot of it was pretty new in the late 60s / early 70s (removable station panelling insteaf of cearmic tiles etc.) and the whole conept received numerous internationl awards and incidentally when Washington DC was planning its first lines the cities experts had a look at the Viennese system first. So maybe Barcelona's planers had a field trip to Veinna too. :)
 

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Looks great! When did the first line open?
Depends on how you define it. The "U-Bahn", the real metro system opened its first line officially in 1976.

But it heavily relied from the beginning on on the "Stadtbahn" network that was opened in the year 1899, only a few decades after the whole amazing imperial palaces and buildings have been built at the Ringstraße. At a time when Vienna still was the capital of a country with 50 million people. All the interesting old looking stations derive from this Stadbahn, but are now part of the modern metronet. Some lines are entirely new like the U3 and the U1. U6 and U4 however are to a great part basing on the tunnels and stations from the Stadtbahn, being adopted to a modern metro. U2 is currently being enlarged to a full line that deserves its name and bases on a premetro line adopted to full metro with the added kilometres being planned as metro right from the start.

The actual U-Bahn program with the clear intend to make a real metro network comes from the early 70's. Enlargement continued up today.
 

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Vienna's U-Bahn is nice, punctual and clean; safe too. Minus points for parts of Karlsplatz though.
 
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