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The Kissing Canard

The Kissing Canard

Canoodling couples can heave a sigh of relief: The Wiener Linien will not fine kissing lovers on Vienna’s public transport system. In September, the Wiener Linien made headlines across Europe as the online news service, Vienna Times, and the British daily newspaper, the Daily Mail, both falsely reported that the company would introduce a €50 […]

Multi-tasking Mariahilfer

Multi-tasking Mariahilfer

No more cars, but confusion and controversy on Mariahilferstraße, one of Vienna’s main shopping streets that was converted into a pedestrian zone in August. The main sources of irritation are bikers – required to bike at walking pace, but often cycling speedily – and public transportation on the street dividing 6th and 7th District. Complaints […]

Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

Maria Vassilakou and Vienna’s Green party have not been everybody’s darling when it comes to pedestrianizing Europe’s longest shopping street. Mariahilferstraße’s makeover has been severely criticised, both in the media and on Facebook, prompting uproar about disappearing parking spaces, unruly cyclists and a controversial 13A bus lane (see “Multi-tasking Mariahilfer” Brief , p.4). Wary pedestrians […]

S-Bahn: trains on the right

S-Bahn: trains on the right

Given the recent temporary close of the U1 line of Vienna’s subway, another alternate means of transport towards Kagran is the local Schnellbahn (or S-Bahn) between Südtiroler Platz and Praterstern, provided by Austrian railway company ÖBB. However, as of 6 August 2012, the Viennese rail network will be upgraded to international standards and trains will depart […]

Partial U1 Closure

Partial U1 Closure

One of Vienna’s oldest underground lines, the U1, will be partially closed from 7 July until 26 August between Reumannplatz and Schwedenplatz, due to urgently needed maintenance. Opened in 1978 and extended in 1980 and 2006, the red-line is Vienna’s prime route, as it connects the city centre with Kagran in the North, and Favoriten […]

10,000 New Transit Passes

The skyrocketing prices of petrol triggered an increased use of means of public transportation in Vienna. Over 10,000 new customers have bought year passes (Jahreskarten) within the past six months, according to the Wiener Linien, a number that usually takes a year to achieve. “Public transportation allows you to travel more cheaply, faster and more […]

Vienna: Tales of Transport

Buskers, babushkas and abandoned travelers, there’s a bit of casual coupling and the occasional dead drunk, the pleasures of schmäh and wastrels wandering onto the tracks – it’s all business as usual on Wiener Linien. In fact, sights like a musician serenading on accordion or an elderly man lecturing the passer-bys are so commonplace they […]

24-hour Subway

Viennese subways will operate through the night on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 3, as well as on the eve of public holidays, according to an announcement by the Vienna Transit Authority, the Wiener Linien. The decision followed a Feb. 2010 public opinion poll initiated by the Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl, in which 54% supported […]

35% of Viennese Use Public Transport

Around 811.8 million travelers used Vienna’s public transportation services in 2009 – the highest record in the recent years. The study conducted by the Austrian Institute for Social Research and Statistics showed that around 35% of Vienna’s residents ride on buses, trams and metros on a daily basis, far more than in Graz or Linz […]

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