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City of Vienna approves tram expansion plans; agrees to split funding for U2xU5 metro expansion, Austria [free access]

October 4, 2021

The City of Vienna has approved the construction of a new tram route that will serve the Aspern district. This extension will be a branch off the orbital Strebersdorf – Hausfeldstrasse Route 26 on the northern side of River Donau. The total cost of the project is estimated to be EUR96.8 million, with an allocation of up to EUR8 million  for greening measures. The project will be funded by the City of Vienna and Wiener Linien, the public transit operator. The 2.4-km extension will be completed by autumn 2025.


Route 27 will span from Aspern Nord to Strebersdorf across six stops and provide an interchange with metro Line U2 and with the S-Bahn network at Aspern Nord. The branch will be accompanied by a new parallel cycle path to encourage active travel, and park-and-ride facilities will also be expanded. The new line will provide a more intensive service through the Floridsdorf and Donaustadt districts.


The City of Vienna and the national government have also agreed to a 50:50 split for financing the EUR6 billon second phase of the U2xU5 metro expansion package that covers extensions to both lines. The first section of U5 (Karlsplatz–Frankhplatz) is expected to open in 2026. The U2 extension is scheduled to open in 2028.


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