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Nuremberg Metrorail, Germany [free access]

May 1, 2018

Developer: Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg (VAG), a subsidiary of Städtische Werke Nürnberg GmbH (StWN), operates public transport in Nuremberg. The City of Nuremberg owns StWN. 


Project description: Expansion of the metro system in Nuremberg


Background: The current system comprises three lines, which together span 39.8 km and covers 40 stations. 



The average distance between the stations is 791 metres. The shortest distance is between the stations Gemeinschaftshaus and Langwasser Süd – 442 metres. The longest distance is between the stations Ziegelstein and Flughafen (2,388 metres).


Ridership: In 2016, the annual ridership on the U-Bahn system was approximately 99 million passengers.


Rolling stock and technology:  A fleet of 100 two-car trains supplied by Siemens, AEG, MAN and Adtranz has been deployed.

Tracks are standard gauge (1,435 mm). Power is sourced at 750V DC from third rail.

Fare system: Paper-based tickets and mobile tickets (e-tickets) are used as fare media. Siemens Business Services (SBS), DVB LogPay and the Fraunhofer Institute IVI Dresden, have delivered the mobile ticketing system under a contract secured in 2006.


Passengers in Düsseldorf, Essen, Wuppertal, Hamburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Vogtland, Nuremberg and Ulm can purchase individual and daily public transport passes via an online portal and transfer tickets to a mobile phone for display.


Extensions/Capital projects: VAG is further extending Line U3, procuring new rolling stock for Line U1 and renovating stations.


Line U3 extension (Section 2.1: Gustav-Adolf-Straße to Großreuth): The line is being extended by 1.1 km from Gustav-Adolf-Straße to Großreuth, covering three stations. The total cost of the project is around EUR65 million (net), of which EUR50 million is being funded by the federal and state governments.


Implenia Infrastructure GmbH is constructing the extension under a contract secured in 2014. K + S Ingenieur-Consult GmbH & Co. KG secured the contract from Bilfinger Construction GmbH (a company of the Implenia Group) to provide execution planning services. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Passenger services are expected to begin in 2019.


Rolling stock replacement for Line U1: Siemens has secured a contract to supply 21 four-car trains to replace 42 two-car trains of DT1-type. The order includes two options for an additional 13 trains. The trains are of type G1 and equipped with wider passenger doors, innovative LED lights, and automatic sliding steps at all the doors.


In April 2018, Siemens unveiled the first metro train. The deployment of new trains is planned to begin in mid-2019 and to be completed by August 2020.


Revitalisation of U-Bahn station: In 2012, the City of Nuremberg announced plans to upgrade stations that are over 40 years old. A total of 28 stations have been identified for this project. In 2017, work began on the Eberhardshof, Langwasser Mitte, Gemeinschaftshaus and Langwasser Süd stations of Line U1.


Recent developments: In April 2018, Siemens unveiled the first metro train to be deployed on Line U1.


(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.21 USD)