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Maiden trip of the ÖBB cityjet

13.12.2015
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Following extensive trial runs and load tests, the time had finally come for the new ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) cityjet to commence its official maiden trip on November 20, 2015. In the meantime, five of these high-comfort trains are already in operation for the benefit of travelers, with a total of 101 new trains to be put into service by 2018. In this way, ÖBB is making daily mobility even more comfortable and simpler for commuters and city residents than in the past.

The first official train ride started at Vienna’s Central Railway Station and subsequently took the guests through the Wienerwald Tunnel to St. Pölten in only 30 minutes. In addition to the two hosts ÖBB CEO Christian Kern and Siemens AG CEO Wolfgang Hesoun, the Austrian Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology Alois Stöger and other prominent political representatives, members of the business community and numerous interested journalists from all important media in Austria honored everyone with their presence. Whereas the brand new local train reached its top speed of 160 km/h, the passengers enjoyed and convinced themselves of the advantages offered by the extremely smooth journey, the high level of seating comfort and the pleasant atmosphere in the train. At the newly renovated destination station, Minister Stöger acknowledged the significance of the ÖBB investments in its new fleet of commuter trains.

Whereas the deployment of the ÖBB Railjet for long-distance train travel achieved a perceptible boost in passenger comfort, the ÖBB cityjet represents the next logical step. The modern trains are customized for Austrian rail traffic and use in the regions. In European comparison they set new standards in local and regional train traffic. The air conditioned and barrier-free trains make regional travel by rail even more attractive.

The first two ÖBB cityjets have been in use to transport passengers since December 13, 2015. Another 34 trains will be completed and handed over to ÖBB by the end of 2016, and gradually commissioned for regular use. On balance, 16 trains will be available to commuters in Vienna and Lower Austria by the end of 2016, along with nine trains in Upper Austria and another nine in Styria. The last of the total of 101 new local trains should be underway for ÖBB in January 2018.

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