Vienna Media News 11/2012 VIDEO: Going underground
In Vienna some 37 percent of all journeys are taken by public transport (compared with just 29 percent by car, 28 percent on foot and six percent by bicycle). This excellent showing for a major international city has a lot to do with the incredible variety of public transportation options on offer in the Austrian capital. The results of a recent mobility study showed that at least one person in two-thirds of all Viennese households regularly travels by public transport. The subway network is particularly popular among the local population, providing a viable alternative to traveling by car - particularly during peak times.
Around 2.4 million passengers use the five underground lines, 28 tram lines and 90 bus routes that make up the Wiener Linien transport authority's 937 kilometer network. Vienna's mass transit system is expected to carry up to one billion people a year by 2020. Transport policy will be shaped by constant expansion of the network, improvements to the passenger experience and ongoing investment in minimizing the city's environmental footprint. By the end of 2013 the U2 underground line will call at a further four stations, taking it deep into the rapidly developing Seestadt Aspern region. In September 2010 a new service was introduced to keep all five of Vienna's subway lines running throughout the night every Friday and Saturday, and on the nights before public holidays. The night service operates every 15 minutes, and can be used with a standard-price Wiener Linien ticket. The network of night buses, which has been in operation since 1995, will be adapted to accommodate the new Wiener Linien services.
The bus routes in the first district will change over to electric only services from the summer of 2013. The ElectriCity buses are charged at the terminuses via a connector on the roof, which can be retracted or extended at the press of a button. The eco-friendly buses use kinetic energy from the vehicle's braking system to recharge the battery. The latest generation of subway trains and trams also use regenerative braking technology to keep the amount of electricity used to an absolute minimum.
The Vienna Card is a great - and cost effective - way for visitors to get around the Austrian capital by public transport. A survey conducted by the Austrian Automobile, Motorbike and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) and its 17 partners in October 2012 declared the Vienna Card the winner in a comparison of 16 leading European city cards. The Vienna Card costs EUR 19.90 and entitles the holder to 72 hours of unlimited travel on the entire public transport, as well as more than 210 discounts at participating museums, heuriger wine taverns, cafés and a host of other locations. Standard tickets for the Wiener Linien network can also be purchased from the ticket machines in all subway stations in a choice of 11 languages.
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