Vienna's City Councilor
for Public Transport, Ulli Sima, was impressed with the progress being made in
production: "The X cars are an important investment for climate-friendly
mobility in Vienna. In fact, environmental protection really begins right in
the production hall. The new metro trainsets are constructed with up to 90
percent recyclable materials. Their lightweight design, modern LED lighting and
especially energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems ensure even
lower energy consumption. With their production at the Simmering plant, the X cars
are 'true Viennese,' securing jobs in the region and strengthening Vienna as a
place to do business."
Wiener Linien Managing
Director Günter Steinbauer noted, "Our metro system will continue to grow over
the coming years with the U2-U5 interchange, and the total volume of passengers
will increase as well. To handle this expanding volume, we need additional
powerful trains. The X cars can be flexibly used throughout the existing
network and can run on Lines U1 to U4 with passengers as soon as they receive their
Albrecht Neumann, CEO of
Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility: "With the advent of the X cars, we're writing
a new chapter in the history of Vienna's metro system – in Vienna, for Vienna.
With their state-of-the-art safety features and innovative passenger
information system, the trains will set new standards for comfort and
sustainability well into the future."
The air-conditioned interior of the trains will be accessible end-to-end and have a bright and pleasing design. Spacious and comfortable multifunction areas will offer plenty of space, particularly for passengers with strollers or extra luggage. Retractable gap bridges at each of the 18 doors on both sides of the train will provide barrier-free access for passengers with restricted mobility. The 111-meter train can carry up to 928 passengers.
Siemens Mobility's innovative digitalized passenger information system "Plus" (FIS+), which was also developed in Vienna and will first be used in the city, will enhance travel comfort and convenience. Information displays located above each door show in real time, before arrival at the next station, the train's planned platform position and a guide to other connections. With this information, passengers already know before arriving at the station where they must go to get to their destination, and passenger flows on the platform are optimized.
Special lightweight construction elements in the bodies and bogies significantly reduce the X car's weight and make it particularly light for its class. Electrodynamic braking to a standstill substantially reduces mechanical wear on the brakes and lowers maintenance costs. Low-maintenance, energy-saving LEDs are used for interior and exterior lighting.
Following an EU-wide tender in the fall of 2017, Wiener Linien commissioned Siemens to supply 34 fully automatic metro trains for the city. The contract also includes full maintenance of the trains for 24 years and an option on eleven additional trains.
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