The design of trains for Vienna’s fully automated line U5 was presented on 8 March. The six-car trains, called “X cars”, will be produced by Siemens. They carry on the design elements of the city’s existing trains with an added modern touch and other upgrades.
Operator Wiener Linien commissioned 34 fully automated metro trains at the end of 2017. The contract includes their maintenance for a period of 24 years and an option for an additional eleven trains. The “X cars” will be operated fully automated on the new U5 line in Vienna beginning in 2024. The trains can also operate semi-automated or manually on previously existing lines.
Delivery of the trains is scheduled to begin in mid-2020 and to be completed by 2030. They will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Vienna.
The trains can be walked through from end to end and feature an open and bright interior.
New on-board PIS
The trains will be equipped with the “FGI Plus” passenger information system, which offers passengers routing directions including connection information before they arrive at the station. Directions are displayed above each door. Passengers will know before they arrive at the station how they should proceed when they get there.
Trains will run at a maximum speed of 80 km/h and capacity will be 928 passengers including 200 seats.